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In This Issue
AHA And Federation Of American Hospitals Release Study Of ACA Repeal
OIG Issues Final Rules On Civil Money Penalties And Anti-Kickback Statute
MO HealthNet Extends Deadline For Meaningful Use Attestations
CMS Issues Additional eCQM Reporting Guidance
Recruitment and Retention Strategies: How to Attract and Keep the Best People
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
9 - 10:30 a.m.
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals have issued a report on the fiscal implications for hospitals if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Modeling the effect of vetoed legislation that would repeal the ACA, the study concludes that the net effect would be a loss of $165.8 billion from 2018 to 2026 based on the loss of coverage. It also projects a loss of $289.5 billion during that period if the reduced Medicare inflation updates imposed under the ACA are not restored. Finally, it projects a cost of $102.9 billion if the reductions in Medicare and Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments take effect as scheduled by the ACA. An executive summary also was released.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Jane Drummond
The Office of Inspector General issued final rules providing additional safe harbors under the Anti-Kickback Statute and imposing new civil money penalties for fraud and abuse. Among other things, the AKS rule authorizes cost-sharing waivers for certain health care services, reduces co-payments for specific outpatient hospital services and loosens restrictions on retailer reward programs. The CMP rule implements provisions of the Affordable Care Act authorizing CMPs for making false statements or omissions in an enrollment application, failing to report and return overpayments, and failing to grant the OIG timely access to requested records.
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HIDI Tech Connect
Staff Contact: Bryant McNally
The deadline for program year 2015 attestations to Missouri’s state-level registry for eligible hospitals has been extended to Friday, Dec. 30. MO HealthNet will announce the date that the SLR will accept applications for returning MU participants for program year 2016 as soon as required system updates are made. Program year 2016 is the final year that providers can begin participation in the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted additional guidance to clarify the extraordinary circumstances extensions/exemptions policy regarding electronic clinical quality measure reporting for calendar year 2016. Deadline for submission of an ECE request related to CY 2016 eCQM reporting is April 1, 2017. Instructions are available on QualityNet. Hospitals that have previously submitted an ECE request for CY 2016 eCQM reporting and were initially denied may submit a new ECE request with the most current supporting documentation for CY 2016 reporting.
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Black women in Missouri are nearly 50 percent more likely to have a preterm baby than any other group, regardless of socioeconomic status.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch