MHA Today | May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
CMS Updates Marketplace Enrollment Process
MHA Provides Emergency Preparedness Resources
HIDI Releases Management And Productivity Report
HHS Provides Cybersecurity Updates In Wake Of WannaCry Attack
USDA Accepts Applications For Rural Telemedicine Grants
Excelsior Springs Hospital Names New CEO

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CMS Updates Marketplace Enrollment Process

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a new process that streamlines and simplifies enrollment for consumers signing up for marketplace coverage through direct enrollment partners. Previously, marketplace enrollment through direct enrollment partners used separate websites that were directed back to HealthCare.gov. The new process will allow beneficiaries to enroll using one website. CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated, “This is another important step to help create stability in the health insurance market. It is common sense to make it as simple and easy as possible for consumers to shop for and access health coverage.”

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Quality and Population Health


MHA Provides Emergency Preparedness Resources

Staff Contact: Stacie Hollis

During an emergency, whether natural or man-made, hospitals have an essential role in community resiliency. Hospitals consistently are faced with business continuity challenges as they protect employees and patients, and maintain staffing to care for the community. MHA’s all-hazards emergency planning and response framework provides training, resources, technical assistance and situational awareness before, during and after an emergency.

Communities look to their hospitals as a beacon of safety, security and support when emergencies arise, and for more than a decade, MHA staff has worked with hospitals to build preparedness through various investments in equipment, training and collaboration. MHA’s website provides hospitals with the resources they need to prepare and respond, 24-7.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Management And Productivity Report

Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert

MHA-member hospitals that submitted first quarter data for the “Management & Productivity Report” can access their completed reports online through a secure, password-protected website. Access to this report is limited to hospitals that participate in HIDI’s voluntary management and productivity program. The reports are located on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the “Management & Productivity” folder under the “Finance and Policy” tab. Contacts from the participating hospitals have been notified by email. Staff may download and save the reports to a secure location on their networks or PCs. The data are encrypted on the site and also during the transmission from HIDI. Once the data have been transferred, they must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures.

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HHS Provides Cybersecurity Updates In Wake Of WannaCry Attack

Staff Contact: Bryant McNally

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has maintained ongoing communication concerning the recent WannaCry ransomware attack. The Office of Civil Rights has highlighted its existing guidance concerning ransomware, presuming a breach occurred. The entity must determine whether it is a reportable breach no later than 60 days after the entity knew, or should have known, of the breach. Ransomware guidance is available on HHS’ website. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team and American Hospital Association websites have additional cybersecurity information available.

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Noteworthy


USDA Accepts Applications For Rural Telemedicine Grants

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications in rural areas. Applications will be accepted through Monday, July 17. The fiscal year 2017 grants are provided through the Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, which provides funds to improve telemedicine and distance learning services in rural areas. Applicants must serve a rural area, demonstrate economic need and provide at least 15 percent in matching funds.

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CEO Announcements


Excelsior Springs Hospital Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Kristen DeHart has been named CEO of Excelsior Springs Hospital, effective Friday, June 2. She replaces Sally Nance, who retired in December 2016 after serving as CEO for 26 years. Since 2015, DeHart has served as CEO of Rehabilitation Hospital of Overland Park, a partnership between The University of Kansas Hospital and Post Acute Medical. She held previous roles as Division Vice President of rehabilitation services for HCA from 2012-2015, and CEO of HealthSouth’s Mid-America Rehabilitation Hospital from 2003-2012. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Drug overdose mortality rates in the U.S. are up 13 percent from 15.5 deaths per 100,000 in second quarter 2015 to 17.5 in second quarter 2016.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention