MHA Today | September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017
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In This Issue
The Florida Hospital Association Launches FHA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund
Trajectories — Population Health: Models and Pillars for Success
CMS Announces QualityNet Intermittent Availability
Sepsis Awareness Month: A Costly Disease

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Harvey


The Florida Hospital Association Launches FHA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund

Staff Contact: Mary Becker

The Florida Hospital Association has launched the FHA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund. Funds will directly assist hospital employees who suffered significant property loss or damage during Hurricane Irma. All administrative services are being provided in-kind so that 100 percent of donations will assist those in the FEMA-designated disaster areas.

To make a contribution go to Please spread the word via social media channels and online. You can also download a digital banner that can be used to promote the initiative.

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Quality and Population Health

Trajectories — Population Health: Models and Pillars for Success

Staff Contact: Peter Rao

September 2017 Issue of Trajectories The September 2017 issue of Trajectories focuses on population health. Health care has traditionally been venue-based — in a hospital, physician’s office or other clinical setting. The movement to population health management requires an evolution in the traditional model — extending care into the community and looking upstream to improve overall health for individuals.

The shift toward population health is occurring at the same time as, and in concert with, the transition from volume to value. It is driving provider behavior, including standardized care and redesigned processes, and refocusing financial and operational resources. Read more about successfully transitioning to value-based care delivery and population health improvement.

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CMS Announces QualityNet Intermittent Availability

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

Because of the deployment of the hospital quality reporting system release 12.0, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has advised that some functions of the QualityNet secure portal will be intermittently unavailable 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 through 12 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The following HQR applications/functionality will be intermittently unavailable.

  • OARS
  • External Files
  • Web Based Structural Measures
  • Population and Sampling
  • IQR and OQR Warehouse
  • IQR and OQR Eligible Claims
  • Notice of Participation
  • ASC Claims based Measures
  • PRS
  • Vendor Authorization
  • Validation DB
  • IPF Claims based Measures
  • HVBP Scoring

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Sepsis Awareness Month: A Costly Disease

Staff Contact: Jessica Stultz
Sepsis Awareness MonthSeptember is Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis is the costliest condition for U.S. hospitals.

  • Sepsis is the #1 cost of hospitalizations in the U.S. consuming more than $24 billion each year.
  • The average cost per hospital stay for sepsis is $18,400, double the average cost per stay among all other conditions.
  • On average, a sepsis hospital length-of-stay is 75 percent longer.
  • Hospital savings for prevented sepsis cases have been estimated to be as high as $32,000 - $88,000 per patient.
  • Sepsis is the #1 cause for readmissions to the hospital costing more than $2 billion each year.
    • 62 percent of people with sepsis are readmitted within 30 days.

Share this infographic with your teams and leaders to support change in your organization to catch and treat sepsis early. Early identification and treatment is the best approach to mitigate the clinical and financial impact of sepsis on patients and hospitals.

Learn more about MHA's upcoming sepsis immersion project that will focus on assessing and identifying sepsis patients leading to earlier intervention and treatment.

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Consider This ...

With more than 258,000 lives being lost per year, sepsis ranks as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. (after heart disease and cancer).

Source: Sepsis Alliance