MHA Today | September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017
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In This Issue
DHHS Solicits FYs 2018-22 Strategic Plan Comments
MO HealthNet Gives Examples For Properly Billing Outpatient Drug Quantities
CMS Extends Worksheet S-10 Revisions Deadline
HealthCurve Analytics Schedules Readmission Penalty Predictor Pilot Program Webinar
Trajectories — Population Health: Models and Pillars for Success
TJC Announces Webinar Regarding Direct Submission Of eCQM Data
Free Opioid Training Available In Southeast Missouri
CDC Launches Opioid Awareness Campaign
New LTC Staffing Reporting Guidance Available
Lipstein Announces Retirement; Liekweg Will Lead BJC In 2018


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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


DHHS Solicits FYs 2018-22 Strategic Plan Comments

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is soliciting stakeholder comments regarding its draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018 to 2022. The department’s various agencies include the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which plays a key role in a strategic goal to “Reform, Strengthen, and Modernize the Nation’s Health Care.” The comment period ends Thursday, Oct. 26.

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MO HealthNet Gives Examples For Properly Billing Outpatient Drug Quantities

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

A new MO HealthNet provider “Hot Tip” provides examples of how specific types of outpatient pharmaceuticals must be reported by quantity. Hot Tips alerts often provide awareness of MO HealthNet billing errors and points of heightened compliance monitoring.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Extends Worksheet S-10 Revisions Deadline

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended its deadline for hospitals to submit revisions to their fiscal years 2014 and 2015 cost reports regarding the use of Worksheet S-10. A recent CMS final rule begins a three-year transition to the use of Worksheet S-10 in distributing Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments. Previously, the deadline was Sept. 30. The new deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HealthCurve Analytics Schedules Readmission Penalty Predictor Pilot Program Webinar

Staff Contacts: Brian Waterman or Steve Warchol

HealthCurve Analytics and Apervita are offering a webinar on HealthCurve’s Readmission Penalty Predictor Pilot Program at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28. The pilot program is designed to aid hospitals in identifying patients who are at-risk of an excess readmission. The system uses recent discharge data and a hybrid HIDI proprietary sociodemographic status enriched/CMS methodology to calculate individual inpatient risk scores. HealthCurve collaborated with St. Anthony’s Medical Center and Apervita to conduct the program. During the webinar, Brian Waterman, PhD will present the impacts of the readmissions program in Missouri and the results of the pilot study.

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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.  

A recent national survey of 500 health care leaders representing rural, suburban and urban communities found that 95 percent rated population health between “moderately” and “critically” important for future success. Nearly half believe it is “critically important.” Chief executive officers foresee the need to progress with population health initiatives to better position their organizations in light of delivery and payment changes.

Although there is general agreement on the importance of population health, details matter. There are financial risks to population health management, including delayed reimbursement for quality improvement, and the slow pace of systemwide change from fee-for-service to value-based payments.

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TJC Announces Webinar Regarding Direct Submission Of eCQM Data

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

As discussed in the Sept. 22 edition of MHA Today, The Joint Commission has scheduled a webinar about direct submission of electronic clinical quality measure data from selected hospitals and health systems. The webinar is scheduled at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17. Registration is required.

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Free Opioid Training Available In Southeast Missouri

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

A free, clinician-focused training session on managing the opioid crisis is scheduled from 1 p.m to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, in Miner, Mo. The training is funded through the Opioid State Targeted Response grant and sponsored by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Institute for Mental Health and Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare. Registration is required.

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CDC Launches Opioid Awareness Campaign

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

Today, a new campaign featuring people and stories of opioid addiction and recovery was launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal of Rx Awareness is to raise attention to prescription opioid risks to help curb inappropriate use. Rx Awareness is one of many efforts by the CDC addressing the prescription opioid overdose crisis.

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Noteworthy


New LTC Staffing Reporting Guidance Available

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued new Survey and Certification guidance for long-term care facilities about the Payroll-Based Journal public use file. LTC facilities already are required to electronically submit staffing hours paid to CMS. This practice will continue. However, staffing data now will be available for hospitals, residents and other public uses effective Nov. 1. The PBJ public use file will be available at https://data.cms.gov/.

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CEO Announcements


Lipstein Announces Retirement; Liekweg Will Lead BJC In 2018

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Steven Lipstein, President and CEO of BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, announced he plans to retire at the end of the year. He has served as CEO for 18 years. Richard Liekweg, President of BJC HealthCare, has been named his successor, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Liekweg started with BJC in 2009 as Group President of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was named to the position of BJC Executive Vice President in 2014 and in 2016 was named President of BJC HealthCare. Before joining BJC, Liekweg held senior executive positions at the health systems for the University of California-San Diego and Duke University. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Between 1999 and 2015, more than 183,000 people died in the U.S. from opioid prescription-related overdoses.

Source: Rx Awareness