MHA Today | October 9, 2017


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In This Issue
Health Care Security And Safety Week Encourages Resiliency Focus
CMS Releases Hospital Quality Reporting 12.0
CMS Updates CART Tools

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The 2018 open enrollment period for the health care marketplace runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. Links to resources are available on MHAnet.
  • Watch for a population health survey coming this week from Herb Kuhn.

Quality and Population Health


Health Care Security And Safety Week Encourages Resiliency Focus

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

Safety and security in the hospital environment is one of the most important emerging issues in health care. A spate of violence against hospital workers, and the ongoing need to protect patients and visitors, recently prompted MHA to request the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ engagement on hospital safety and security.

This week, October 8 to 14, is Health Care Security and Safety Week. The event highlights the importance of security and safety in health care delivery, including hospitals. The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety has resources available to recognize and celebrate security workers and safety efforts. Later this week, more than 100 safety and security staff from Missouri’s hospitals will convene for the 12th annual MHA Emergency Preparedness and Safety Conference. This year’s conference agenda centers on the theme of “Being Resilient in a Transformative Era.”

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CMS Releases Hospital Quality Reporting 12.0

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the release of Hospital Quality Reporting 12.0. The release includes modifications to the following programs and initiatives.

  • Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting
  • Prospective Payment System-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting
  • Outpatient Quality Reporting
  • Inpatient Quality Reporting
  • Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
Details are available here.

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CMS Updates CART Tools

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced updated inpatient and outpatient CMS Abstraction and Reporting Tools.

  • Inpatient version 4.20 supports the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program specifications manual version 5.3 for discharges beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2018. Changes include sepsis and VTE-6 algorithm updates and changes to Appendices A and C.
  • Outpatient version 1.16 supports the Outpatient Quality Reporting Program specifications manual version 11.0 for encounters Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018.

Both the inpatient and outpatient tools remove the patient health insurance claim number and validate procedure and diagnosis codes against the master code list for Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018.

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