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In This Issue
MHA Distributes Analysis Of Final Updates To 2018 Medicare SNF PPS
TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Webinar
HealthCurve Analytics And Apervita Host Webinar
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
MHA has released an analysis illustrating the financial effect of the federal fiscal year 2018 final updates to the Medicare skilled nursing facility PPS. In aggregate, Missouri SNFs will receive an estimated increase of 0.8 percent in Medicare payments. The analysis does not include effects caused by high-cost outliers or payment for managed care patients. Although footnoted, the 2 percent Medicare sequestration also is excluded from the study. Facility-specific results will vary based on RUG utilization. This analysis is posted online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage.® Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.
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Quality and Population Health
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. The next webinar in the series, “Establish your eCQM A-team,” is scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. Registration is required.
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HIDI Tech Connect
Staff Contacts: Brian Waterman or Steve Warchol
HealthCurve Analytics and Apervita are hosting webinars on the readmission penalty predictor pilot program. The program is designed to aid hospitals in identifying patients who are at risk of an excess readmission. The methodology used to calculate individual inpatient risk scores includes a combination of discharge data and a hybrid Hospital Industry Data Institute proprietary sociodemographic status-enriched Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services model. HealthCurve is partnering with St. Anthony’s Medical Center and Apervita to conduct the program. During the webinar, Brian Waterman, MHA’s Vice President of Analytic Business Solutions, will present the impacts of the readmissions program in Missouri and results of the pilot study. For more information, please attend one of the upcoming webinars by registering online.
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More U.S. adults ages 65 and older visit the eye doctor (58.5 percent) than those ages 18 to 64 (36.2 percent).
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention