MHA Today | June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

twitter linkedin MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

In This Issue
State Senate Approves Abortion Regulation Legislation
CMS Releases Heath Care Spending By State
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CMS Issues Technical Guidance Regarding CY 2017 eCQM Submissions
CMS Announces OQR Education Session
MHA Provides HIIN Update

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


State Senate Approves Abortion Regulation Legislation

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The Missouri Senate has given its final approval to legislation establishing new standards for the regulation of abortion. Senate Bill 5 now moves to the House of Representatives, which will debate the bill next week. This week, Gov. Eric Greitens convened the second special session since the General Assembly adjourned May 12. Among other changes, the Senate’s legislation creates a separate system of licensure for “abortion facilities.” It also provides some additional reporting requirements when an abortion is performed, requires whistleblower protection policies for abortion providers and authorizes the state Attorney General to prosecute violations of state abortion law. The Senate bill reflects extended negotiations of revisions necessary to preclude a filibuster during Senate debate.

Back To Top

CMS Releases Heath Care Spending By State

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of the Actuary released state-level spending data consisting of health care spending per capita. The data reveals that every state experienced slower growth in per capita personal health care spending from 2010-2013 than from 2004-2009. David Lassman, a lead author of the OACT report, stated that “Recent economic and health sector factors have had clear impacts by state, both by payer and in the rates of overall per capita personal health care expenditure growth: however, during the 2009- 2014 period, the variation in spending between the lowest and highest states was virtually unchanged.” The change in spending in Missouri between 2004 and 2009 was 4.9 percent, between 2010 and 2013 it was 3.3 percent, and between 2013 and 2014 it was 3.1 percent.

Back To Top


Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 special open door forum – Tuesday, June 20
  • Improvements to the Medicare claims appeal process and statistical sampling call – Thursday, June 29
  • County-by-county analysis of current projected insurer participation in health insurance exchanges
  • Merit-based incentive payment system performance categories: accepting future measures and activities until Friday, June 30


Back To Top

 


Quality and Population Health


CMS Issues Technical Guidance Regarding CY 2017 eCQM Submissions

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category I guidance document regarding calendar year 2017 electronic clinical quality measure submissions on the eCQI Resource Center. The document refers to QRDA Category I templates for the affected quality data model data types.

  • Diagnosis
  • Device, Order
  • Encounter, Order
  • Encounter, Performed
  • Transfer From
  • Transfer To

Additional QRDA-related resources, as well as current and past implementation guides, are available in the CMS eCQM Library and the eCQI Resource Center.

Back To Top

CMS Announces OQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Outpatient Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled on Wednesday, June 21. The webinar, titled “The Question and Answer Show,” is offered at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is required.

Back To Top

MHA Provides HIIN Update

Staff Contact: Jessica Stultz

In May, the MHA Hospital Improvement Innovation Network project offered the first milestone stipend payment to 70 HIIN-participating hospitals. A total of $33,250 is being sent back to the hospitals to help supplement improvement work at the organizational level. At HIIN’s annual meeting, held June 6-7, keynote speakers shared operational and technical initiatives to help build, support and sustain a highly reliable culture of safety within an organization. The following hospitals either have achieved and/or sustained a zero rate of harm, and are in the top-10 percent of HIIN-participating hospitals.

  • Carroll County Memorial Hospital
  • Madison Medical Center
  • Osage Beach Cognitive Disorders
  • Harrison County Community Hospital
  • Southeast Health Center of Ripley County
  • Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare
  • Pike County Memorial Hospital
  • Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center


Back To Top

 



Consider This ...

In the U.S., 37.2 million adults suffer from hearing problems.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention