MHA Today | September 6, 2017

September 6, 2017
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In This Issue
MO HealthNet To Include G Codes In Outpatient Lab Fee Schedule
MHA Distributes Analysis Of CMS’ Update Notice To The Medicare FFY 2018 IPF PPS
CMS Announces State Surveyors EP Training Online
Deadline Approaches For Second Quarter 2017 HCAHPS Data Submission
CMS Seeks Feedback For Changes To QualityNet Secure Portal
July MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®
September Marks Sepsis Awareness Month


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MO HealthNet To Include G Codes In Outpatient Lab Fee Schedule

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

Beginning Friday, Sept. 15, MO HealthNet will include G codes and corresponding fees for new services in the outpatient hospital laboratory fee schedule, which will be posted on the fee schedules and rate list section on MO HealthNet’s website.

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MHA Distributes Analysis Of CMS’ Update Notice To The Medicare FFY 2018 IPF PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

An analysis from MHA illustrates the financial effect of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ update notice to the Medicare inpatient psychiatric facility PPS for federal fiscal year 2018. In aggregate, Missouri will see an estimated increase of 1 percent for services paid through the IPF PPS. Although footnoted, the analysis does not take into consideration the 2 percent Medicare sequestration. This report, which is available online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage,® includes a summary for the nation, state, health systems and individual hospitals. Contacts for each IPF have been notified by email with the location of these reports within HIDI Analytic Advantage.®

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces State Surveyors EP Training Online

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the availability of an on-demand emergency preparedness basic surveyor training course. This course is required for all state survey agency and regional office surveyors and reviewers who conduct or review health and safety, or life safety codes for emergency preparedness requirements. Non-survey professionals and other SA or RO support staff who are responsible for ensuring compliance with regulations also are encouraged to take the course. 

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Deadline Approaches For Second Quarter 2017 HCAHPS Data Submission

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The submission deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 4, for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems patient perspectives on care survey data for second quarter 2017 discharges (April 1-June 30). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services encourages all hospitals to submit data at least two days before the deadline to allow time to address any submission issues. Inpatient PPS hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program must collect and submit HCAHPS data to qualify to receive their full annual payment update. Non-IPPS hospitals must meet the same submission deadline for their data to be published on Hospital Compare.

The review and correction period is Thursday, Oct. 5, to Wednesday, Oct. 11, during which participating hospitals and survey vendors have the opportunity to access and review the HCAHPS data review and correction report. The report includes a summary of the data accepted into the warehouse for the quarter. New data are not accepted into the warehouse during the review and correction period. However, errors in data accepted into the warehouse by the Oct. 4 deadline can be corrected during this period and resubmitted.

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CMS Seeks Feedback For Changes To QualityNet Secure Portal

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking feedback from individuals who use the QualityNet Secure Portal for the following CMS quality payment and reporting programs.

  • Hospital Compare
  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program
  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Payment Programs
    • Hospital Value Based Purchasing Program
    • Hospital Readmission Reduction Program
    • Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Programs 
  • Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Programs
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program
  • PPS Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program
  • Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program

Feedback sessions will be conducted by phone or in person during which participants will be asked about their use of the secure portal. They also may be asked to test updates. Individuals may email their interest or questions.

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HIDI Tech Connect


July MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®

Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert

Data for the July 2017 monthly utilization report have been posted on HIDI Analytic Advantage® and are available to download for distribution or placement in a network folder. HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS has been updated to include this data. The contacts from the participating hospitals have been notified by email, and they may download and save the Excel worksheet to a secure location on their networks or PCs. The data are encrypted on the site and also during the transmission from HIDI. Once the data have been transferred, it must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures. August 2017 data are being collected now and are scheduled to be available Thursday, Oct. 5.

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Noteworthy


September Marks Sepsis Awareness Month

Sepsis Awareness Month

Staff Contact: Jessica Stultz

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. The Sepsis Alliance website has resources and toolkits for the public, health care and media. The health care toolkit includes an educational video that can easily be shared with staff. The following educational events have been scheduled.

  • 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 – The Sepsis Continuum: Overcome Barriers and Create Momentum virtual event, featuring the ECRI Institute, Sean Townsend, and patient and family engagement fellows.
  • 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 – Sepsis SNAP kickoff webinar. Learn how to optimize the transfer of sepsis patients from rural/critical access hospitals to receiving hospitals.
  • 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s #SepsisChat Twitter chat.


Plan your sepsis awareness day celebrations for Wednesday, Sept. 13. MHA encourages hospitals to send pictures of staff actively preventing sepsis (washing hands, sharing tools, etc.) to jstultz@mhanet.com. Stories of survivorship and stewardship also are welcome and encouraged! Tag @MOHospitals and use #SepsisAwareness to live tweet your photos!

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Consider This ...

Every two minutes someone dies from sepsis in the U.S. — that’s more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Source: Sepsis Alliance