MHA Today | August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017


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In This Issue
CMS Proposes Cancellation Of Episode Payment Models
HQR Monthly News Blast Available
HIDI HealthStats — Population Health

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The Missouri Rural Health Conference will be held Tuesday through Thursday at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton. MHA is a co-sponsor of the conference.
  • MHA will release a report on the status of telehealth in Missouri early this week.
  • MHA’s PAC campaign ends in August – contact Gwen Pelzer if you need additional brochures or information.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Proposes Cancellation Of Episode Payment Models

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent the Office of Management and Budget a proposal to cancel the mandatory episode payment models for acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft and surgical hip/femur fracture treatment, excluding lower extremity joint replacement cases. The proposal also would cancel the expansion of the existing comprehensive care for joint replacement and the cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model.

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Quality and Population Health


HQR Monthly News Blast Available

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its Hospital Quality Reporting Monthly News Blast. The release includes tips for using the updated Inpatient Quality Reporting Program's Quick Start Guide to validate IQR data on a hospital's provider participation report.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI HealthStats — Population Health

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead HIDI HealthStats

The August edition of HIDI HealthStats discusses using hospital data to measure community health needs at the ZIP-code level.

Community health needs assessments are perhaps the most common strategy hospitals use to identify the upstream clinical and social factors affecting downstream health outcomes in their service areas.

CHNAs provide hospitals an opportunity to identify and form relationships with other community stakeholders for the purpose of improving population health. The assessments are based in part on the evaluation of data that identify pressing health needs and factors, such as poverty that contribute to these needs in the community. Unfortunately, a common barrier to the successful identification of a community’s most acute need is the lack of data granular enough to identify localized areas in most need of intervention. Typically, health-related data are only available at the county level which, in Missouri, range in population size from nearly one million in St. Louis County to just 2,024 in Worth County.The narrow availability of health data at the subcounty level reduces opportunities to target scarce interventional resources to communities with the greatest need. Read more.

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Consider This ...

After a disaster, the number of people with psychological trauma exceeds the number of people with physical injury by as much as 40 to 1.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention