MHA Today | August 3, 2017

August 3, 2017
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In This Issue
CMS Issues Psychiatric Payment Updates For FY 2018 And Solicits Comments
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CDC Issues Updated Zika Virus Guidance
TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Webinar

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Issues Psychiatric Payment Updates For FY 2018 And Solicits Comments

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Daniel Landon

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a notice with comment period and fact sheet regarding its Medicare inpatient psychiatric facility PPS for fiscal year 2018. The projected $45 million in additional payments in FY 2018 is a net increase of 0.99 percent. The notice also solicits comments “on improvements that can be made to the health care delivery system that would reduce unnecessary burden for clinicians, providers, such as IPFs, and patients and their families.” The deadline for submitting comments is Friday, Oct. 6. The notice will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, Aug. 7. 

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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.

  • Final fiscal year 2018 payment and policy changes
    • hospice
    • inpatient rehabilitation facilities
    • skilled nursing facilities
  • SNF quality reporting program: reconsideration periods ends Sunday, Aug. 13
  • ICD-10 general equivalence mappings for 2018 available

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Quality and Population Health


CDC Issues Updated Zika Virus Guidance

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

On July 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an early-release Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report updating its interim guidance for health care professionals caring for pregnant women who have possible Zika exposure. According to the report, the dropping prevalence of Zika in the U.S. since last year, plus new evidence indicating that Zika virus immunoglobulin M antibodies can last longer than previously thought, prompted the update. Thus, the CDC no longer recommends routine IgM testing. The CDC’s definition of possible Zika exposure remains unchanged.

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TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Webinar

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission “Pioneers in Quality™: Proven Practices Collection” recognizes organizations that leverage electronic clinical quality measures and health information technology to drive quality improvement. Best eCQM proven practices submitted by nationwide organizations will be highlighted in a recently announced webinar series. The first webinar has been scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15. Registration is required.

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