MHA Today | August 29, 2017

August 29, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Texas Hospital Association Establishes Employee Assistance Fund
HHS Seeks Comments On Further Delay Of 340B Drug Pricing Rule
ASPR TRACIE Hosts HCC Tools And Templates Webinar
HRET Provides Physician And Leader Adaptive Workshop
CMS Revises CEBP HSRs



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Noteworthy


Texas Hospital Association Establishes Employee Assistance Fund

Staff Contact: Mary Becker

The Texas Hospital Association has established the THA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund to provide financial assistance to employees of hospitals located in one of the 18 FEMA-designated disaster areas that experienced significant property loss during Hurricane or Tropical Storm Harvey, or the ensuing floods.

By creating a centralized fund focused specifically on the needs of Texas hospital employees, THA will ensure that donations go where they are needed most. Donations can be made on THA’s website. MHA and the American Hospital Association already have made contributions to the fund.

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


HHS Seeks Comments On Further Delay Of 340B Drug Pricing Rule

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services filed a notice of proposed rulemaking on Aug. 21 that would further delay the implementation date of regulations on the calculation of 340B drug ceiling prices and manufacturer penalties to July 1, 2018. The delay would “allow a more deliberate process of considering alternative and supplemental regulatory provisions … ” Comments on the proposed delay are due Wednesday, Sept. 20. Originally, the regulations were to take effect Jan. 5, but implementation has been delayed several times by HHS.

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Quality and Population Health


ASPR TRACIE Hosts HCC Tools And Templates Webinar

Staff Contact: Stacie Hollis

The new ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange health care coalition tools and templates will be featured in a webinar at noon, Thursday Sept. 14. “New Resources to Help Improve Health Care Coalition Preparedness” is the fifth webinar in the series for HCCs, and features Melissa Harvey, Director of the National Healthcare Preparedness Program, and John Hick, M.D., discussing how the tools can be used by HCCs and their partners. Register online.

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HRET Provides Physician And Leader Adaptive Workshop

Staff Contact: Jessica Stultz

The next Health Research & Educational Trust Adaptive Leadership for Medicine training will be held in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 26-27. The training provides an opportunity for a physician and administrator from the same organization to gain valuable leadership tools. HRET is offering scholarships for hospital physicians and administrators to attend. The scholarship includes the following.

  • HIIN Hospitals: training, hotel and airfare free of charge
  • Non-HIIN Hospitals: cost of the training only

When registering, both individuals from the same team must include the other participant’s name on the registration form. Register online by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

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CMS Revises CEBP HSRs

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the release of hospital-specific reports for the claims-based clinical episode-based payment measures on Aug. 16. Revised CEBP HSRs that correct a singular statistic have been uploaded with file names that are suffixed with the date 081817. Table 3 of the revised HSRs has been updated to report the national episode-weighted median episode amount instead of the unweighted national median episode amount. The revision does not affect other values displayed on the report. HSRs provided as of Aug. 16 should be disregarded. The revised HSRs are available on the QualityNet Secure Portal until Friday, Sept. 22, and are for informational purposes only.

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Consider This ...

In the first three months of 2017, 8.8 percent of people of all ages in the U.S. did not have health insurance.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention