MHA Today | August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017
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In This Issue
MHA Shares Hurricane Harvey Response Resources
OIG Issues Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO Report
CDC Reports Uninsured Rate At Lowest Point Since Tracking
CMS Accepts Comments On Star Ratings Methodology
CMS Announces IQR And EHR Education Session
HealthCurve Analytics And Apervita Host Webinar


Hurricane Harvey Response


Noteworthy


MHA Shares Hurricane Harvey Response Resources

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

As the response efforts to Hurricane Harvey continue, Missouri health care providers are beginning to receive resource inquiries for deployment availability. The National Disaster Medical System has been fully activated and currently is the primary medical response asset supporting Texas-based teams. Health and medical needs exceeding the resources within Texas and the scope of the NDMS are routed to states through formal emergency management structures, referred to as the Emergency Management Assistance Compact — a mutual aid agreement for states. At this time, Missouri has received no EMAC requests from Texas.

All hospital staff, specifically nurses, should evaluate any request they receive for deployment and verify if the request is connected to the official, coordinated response. For example, the American Nurses Association is referring their member inquires to the American Red Cross.

Unaffiliated deployments may not provide the necessary protections, such as workers’ compensation, liability coverage and the appropriate wrap-around services to include food, shelter and security during the deployment. Further, with the activation of the NDMS, Missouri remains a potential receiving site for medical evacuees and needs to proactively retain the appropriate level of staff to be prepared for a patient influx. Visit MHA’s website for more information.

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state and federal health policy developments


OIG Issues Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO Report

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General released a report about Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations. In reviewing the first three years of the program, the OIG found good results, including lower net spending and improved quality of care. The OIG concluded that while the ACOs show promise, more time will be needed for organizations to improve quality and lower costs through such programs.

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CDC Reports Uninsured Rate At Lowest Point Since Tracking

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its first quarter 2017 health insurance coverage report and found that the uninsured rate has dropped to 8.8 percent — the lowest rate since the agency began collecting insurance information in 1968. The number of uninsured totals 28.1 million, which is a decrease of .5 million since 2016 and 20.5 million since 2010. The CDC also found that individuals with high-deductible health plans increased from 39.4 percent in 2016 to 42.3 percent in the first three months of 2017.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Accepts Comments On Star Ratings Methodology

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting comments on proposed enhancements to the Hospital Compare overall hospital quality star ratings methodology. A summary of the enhancements and instructions on how to submit comments is available. Public comments will be accepted through Wednesday, Sept. 27.

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CMS Announces IQR And EHR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the inpatient quality reporting, and Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs, has been scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. The webinar is titled, “FY 2018 IPPS Final Rule: Overview of the Hospital IQR Program and Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Specific to eCQMs and MU Requirements.” Registration is required.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HealthCurve Analytics And Apervita Host Webinar

Staff Contacts: Brian Waterman or Steve Warchol

The next HealthCurve Analytics and Apervita webinar on the readmission penalty predictor pilot program is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. As previously reported, the program is designed to aid hospitals in identifying patients who are at risk of an excess readmission. Register online.

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Consider This ...

Flood water can bring about numerous diseases, including E. coli and skin infections. In light of Hurricane Harvey, health officials are urging people to get tetanus booster shots to protect themselves against diseases.

Source: The Washington Post