MHA Today | September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Disaster Relief And Debt Limit Suspension Bill Signed Into Law
MHA Distributes Analysis Of Final Medicare Inpatient PPS For FFY 2018
MHA Opposes Proposed Payment Reductions To Hospital Outpatient Medicare Payments
MHA Provides Update On Hurricane Irma


What You Need To Know This Week

  • Stay tuned for information related to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. See today’s story below.

Hurricane Irma

  • Visit FloridaDisaster.org for the latest news on Hurricane Irma.
  • Visit CMS' website for emergency response and recovery information.

Hurricane Harvey


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state and federal health policy developments


Disaster Relief And Debt Limit Suspension Bill Signed Into Law

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate approved, and President Trump has signed into law, the “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017.” The law suspends the debt limit through Friday, Dec. 8, and provides $15.25 billion in emergency funding to support disaster response and assistance.

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MHA Distributes Analysis Of Final Medicare Inpatient PPS For FFY 2018

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA has made available a summary and analysis of the federal fiscal year 2018 inpatient PPS final payment and policy updates. The analysis includes the financial effects of marketbasket updates, reductions mandated by the Affordable Care Act, and coding adjustments mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act. The analysis also includes the results of a three-year transition to distribute Medicare disproportionate share payments based on Medicare cost report worksheet S-10. Although footnoted, the effects of the Medicare sequestration are not included. Results are illustrated in national, state, health system and individual hospital groupings.

Missouri is projected to receive an estimated 2 percent increase in Medicare payments. Policy and analytic studies, prepared for distribution by the Hospital Industry Data Institute, are made available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage.®

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MHA Opposes Proposed Payment Reductions To Hospital Outpatient Medicare Payments

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA has submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding its proposal to reduce nonexcepted hospital off-campus outpatient department payments. The proposal would decrease payments for nonexcepted items from 50 percent to 25 percent of the outpatient prospective payment system rate. The proposal was included within the revisions to the physician fee schedule payment and policy updates for calendar year 2018.

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MHA Provides Update On Hurricane Irma

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida this weekend and continues to impact the southeastern states today. Missouri health care providers continue to inquire of opportunities for deployment to support the response. Hurricane Irma, unlike Hurricane Harvey, has impacted the entire state of Florida, some areas harder hit than others. In Texas, many areas of the state that were not impacted by the hurricane were able to provide resources quickly and efficiently to their fellow Texans. Florida and the surrounding gulf coast states may not be as fortunate. Although Missouri has not yet received an Emergency Management Assistance Compact request from Florida — essentially a mutual aid agreement between states — we do anticipate that there will be a need for additional hospital clinical and operational staff as recovery activities occur in the days and weeks to come. MHA staff continue to participate daily on national calls for awareness, and will release further updates as authorities assess the situation and request additional assistance.

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Consider This ...

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention