MHA Today | August 24, 2017

August 24, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
MHA Solicits Feedback On Anthem ED Experiences
MHA Distributes Analysis For FFY 2018 Final IRF PPS
AHA Offers Guide On Housing Strategies To Improve Community Health

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MHA Solicits Feedback On Anthem ED Experiences

Staff Contacts: Mary Becker or Daniel Landon

MHA, along with the state medical associations, are actively engaged in gathering information from patients and providers of emergency department services about Anthem’s new policy that retrospectively denies payment for what they determine is inappropriate use of the ED.

MHA is seeking stories from patients and service providers about denials of payment, and increased records requests for patients covered by Anthem. MHA also would like to hear the outcome if payments were appealed, as well as the number of denials and records requests being received from Anthem for ED visits. A website has been set up to collect this information.  

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MHA Distributes Analysis For FFY 2018 Final IRF PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA has made available an analysis that illustrates the financial effect of the federal fiscal year 2018 final Medicare inpatient rehabilitation facility PPS rule. This analysis, which will be available online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage,® includes a summary for the nation, state, health systems and individual hospitals. For Missouri, the overall effect of the final updates for FFY 2018 is an estimated payment increase of 0.7 percent. Although footnoted, this increase does not take into account the 2 percent Medicare sequestration.  

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Quality and Population Health


AHA Offers Guide On Housing Strategies To Improve Community Health

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

The American Hospital Association’s Health Research & Educational Trust, and the Association for Community Health Improvement, have released a new resource highlighting innovative strategies that hospitals and health systems are using to promote safe and stable housing for vulnerable populations. A free webinar is scheduled on Thursday, Sept. 21, which is the second in an AHA series on how hospitals can address the social determinants of health. 

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Consider This ...

August is Immunization Awareness Month. Approximately 40,000 to 50,000 adults in the U.S. die from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases or their complications each year.

Source: American Lung Association