MHA Today | August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017

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In This Issue
HIDI HealthStats — Population Health
HIDI Analytic Tool Assesses Wage Index Reclassification For FFY 2019
TJC Modifies 2017 ORYX Requirements, Releases 2018 ORYX Reporting Requirements
CMS Provides eCQM Submission Status Report Update


What You Need To Know This Week

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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.

In June 2017, the MHA Health Institute Board of Directors approved funding to build a community health data platform designed to assist member hospitals and other stakeholders in conducting community health needs assessments. The aim of the project is to improve health outcomes by enhancing the availability of community health data at the county and ZIP-code levels in Missouri to inform health improvement initiatives and the allocation of scarce population health resources. The platform will be publicly available and intended for use by hospitals, local public health agencies, grant writers, researchers and community action agencies.

Staff from HIDI and the Washington University School of Medicine evaluated various community health data platforms. The Community Commons platform, hosted by the University of Missouri, Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems, offers a customizable solution in terms of data display, accessibility and co-branding. The platform will feature customizable content displays, interactive mapping functionality of content at both county and ZIP levels; graphic and tabular data visualization; and expandable data layers to accommodate novel data sources, such as locations of hospitals, federally-qualified health centers, local public health agencies, and access to other community-based amenities that influence health, such as access to groceries, exercise, and transportation. The platform will allow users to evaluate data to prioritize health and social factors in defined services areas, design customized reports, and generate downloadable content in editable formats (Word, PDF, Excel) to assist in preparing personalized CHNAs. The platform will be available by early 2018 to assist hospitals in the next CHNA cycle.

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HIDI Analytic Tool Assesses Wage Index Reclassification For FFY 2019

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The Hospital Industry Data Institute has made available an analytic tool that allows hospitals to test their potential ability to achieve a Medicare hospital wage index reclassification. To be reclassified for federal fiscal year 2019, applications must be submitted to the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board by Friday, Sept. 1. The tool, which is being distributed to HIDI Premier Reporting subscribers, also will allow hospitals to assess whether or not to pursue reclassification in the future. Hospitals interested in subscribing to the HIDI Premier Report Package available on HIDI Analytic Advantage® should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health


TJC Modifies 2017 ORYX Requirements, Releases 2018 ORYX Reporting Requirements

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission has released modifications to the 2017 ORYX performance measure reporting requirements and 2018 reporting requirements.

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CMS Provides eCQM Submission Status Report Update

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The fiscal year 2018 inpatient PPS final rule outlines changes to calendar year electronic clinical quality measure reporting requirements to require four eCQMs for one quarter of CY 2017 data. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has notified data submitters that its data receiving system within the QualityNet Secure Portal has not yet been updated to reflect the revised CY 2017 eCQM reporting requirements. Details are available.

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