MHA Today | August 22, 2017

August 22, 2017


MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
MHA Distributes Analysis For Proposed Updates To CY 2018 Medicare Home Health PPS
IRS Sets Maximum Tax Penalty for Uninsured
CDC Offers NHCSs As Meaningful Use Stage 3 Opportunity
CMS Revises Notification Of Termination Process
Mercy Hospital St. Louis Names New President



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MHA Distributes Analysis For Proposed Updates To CY 2018 Medicare Home Health PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA has made available an analysis that illustrates the financial effect of the calendar year 2018 Medicare proposed home health PPS rule. The analysis, which is available online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage,® includes a summary for the nation, state and individual hospitals. Updates for this year include a marketbasket increase, an adjustment as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, and all changes in the wage index. The effect of the proposed home health rule will increase payments in Missouri by an estimated 1.3 percent. Although footnoted, the analysis does not include the effect of the 2 percent sequestration. Hospitals have until Monday, Sept. 25, to review their hospital-specific data and submit comments.

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IRS Sets Maximum Tax Penalty for Uninsured

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the maximum tax penalty for people without the required health coverage will be $272 for individuals and for households with five or more will be capped at $1,360. These penalties are based on the monthly average premium for individuals covered by the Affordable Care Act’s bronze plan. This IRS procedure applies to the 2018 tax season.

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Regulatory News
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CDC Offers NHCSs As Meaningful Use Stage 3 Opportunity

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics is promoting its option for hospitals and clinicians/professionals to participate at no charge in its national health care surveys. They include the National Hospital Care Survey, the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, and the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Those registering their intent to submit data to a NHCS as part of the merit-based incentive payment system, or the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive program, will comply with Meaningful Use Stage 3 for Objective 8: Public Health and Clinical Data Registry Reporting, Measure 4. The CDC has provided more information on its website, including FAQs and an email for inquiries or registration. 

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CMS Revises Notification Of Termination Process

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new survey and certification memo regarding termination notification stemming from changes in the fiscal year 2018 hospital inpatient PPS and long-term care hospital PPS. In the past, CMS’ process for public notification of a facility included local newspaper publication. Now, the public can find notices of termination on CMS’ website where they will be posted for six months. In the coming months, Medicare.gov also will post the information. Sunday, Oct. 1, is the effective date for public notice of termination for ambulatory surgical centers, federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics and organ procurement organizations, and immediately for all other certified providers and suppliers.

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CEO Announcements


Mercy Hospital St. Louis Names New President

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Mercy Hospital St. Louis has named Steve Mackin as President, effective Aug. 18. He replaces Jeff Johnston, who was promoted to Regional President of the East Community in May. Mackin joined Mercy in March as Senior Executive for Business Line Development, and before that, he spent 19 years with Cancer Treatment Centers of America. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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