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In This Issue
Trump’s Commission On Opioids And Drug Abuse Issues Interim Report Hospital Price And Quality Updates Available On Focus On Hospitals
CMS Issues Final 2018 Payment And Policy Updates For IRFs And SNFs
Mercy Hospital Lebanon Names New Administrator
The Nurse Resilience Academy
Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital — Jefferson City Conference Center
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth
The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has issued an interim report based on its first hearing. Its recommendations include urging President Trump to declare a “national emergency.” The commission will issue further recommendations later in 2017. It was created by executive order in late March and is chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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Staff Contacts: Mary Becker or Stephen Njenga
New data on hospital prices and quality outcomes have been added to the Focus on Hospitals website and new hospitals are participating. Pricing data has been refreshed for federal fiscal year 2016 and reflects October 2015 to September 2016 data. Quality outcome data was updated to include April 2016 to March 2017 figures for infections and harm, and March 2014 to February 2017 data for all readmission measures. Watch for a new video on quality outcomes to be added sometime later this month. More information on the transparency initiative is available on MHAnet.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the fiscal year 2018 proposed payment and policy updates for the inpatient rehabilitation facility PPS. CMS is projecting that IRF PPS payments will increase 0.9 percent, or $75 million, in 2018. Along with payment rate updates, CMS is finalizing its proposal to remove the 25 percent payment penalty for IRF-PAI late transmissions, refine the ICD-10-CM lists used to determine presumptive compliance and count toward the “60 percent rule,” and revisions to the IRF quality reporting program. An issue brief with additional information is available.
In addition, CMS released the FY 2018 proposed payment and policy updates for the skilled nursing facility PPS. CMS finalized proposed changes to the SNF quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs. The SNF VPB system will begin affecting payments up to 2 percent of the federal per diem for FY 2019 based on a readmission measure. Also included is the baseline and performance periods used to determine VBP payment adjustments for FY 2020. CMS estimates that SNF PPS payments will increase 1.0 percent, or $370 million, in 2018. MHA has published an issue brief on the rule.
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Staff Contact: Carol Boessen
Mercy Hospital Lebanon has named Scott Childers as Administrator, effective July 24. Childers most recently served as Assistant Administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and has more than 30 years of health care experience. He replaces Jenine Vincent, who has been serving as Interim Administrator since David Steinmann resigned in January 2017. Vincent returns to her role of Vice President of Regional Operations at Mercy Health Springfield Communities. A list of CEO changes is available online.
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More than 400,000 Americans get sick every year from infections caused by antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention