MHA Today | October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017
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MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

In This Issue
Physician Compare Preview Period Opens
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Participate In National Prescription Drug Take Back Day On Oct. 28
National Flu Vaccination Campaign Underway
Mercy And Washington County Memorial Hospital Expand Management Agreement

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Physician Compare Preview Period Opens

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has officially opened the 30-day preview period for Physician Compare. Access to the secured measure-preview site can be found through the PQRS portal. The 30-day preview period will close on Monday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 p.m. For additional assistance with accessing the portal, contact the QualityNet help desk at 866/288-8912 or qnetsupport@hcqis.org.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • preview draft eCQM specifications through Nov. 13
  • MIPS virtual group election period ends Dec. 1
  • post-acute care quality reporting programs FY 2018 APU: Successful facilities
  • Oct. 2017 Outpatient PPS Pricer file
  • SNF value-based purchasing program FY 2018 final rule call – Nov. 16
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Quality and Population Health


Participate In National Prescription Drug Take Back Day On Oct. 28

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

The 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 28. The event provides an opportunity for hospitals to work with law enforcement to educate citizens and help them safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills. Scores of collection sites, several at hospitals or clinics, already are planned in communities throughout the state. The Drug Enforcement Administration has a website to locate disposal sites. In addition, the DEA offers posters and other materials to promote the event. Disposal sites are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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National Flu Vaccination Campaign Underway

Staff Contact: Carissa Van Hunnik

Infection Prevention Week is a good time to highlight the 2017-2018 flu vaccination campaign. Recommendations for prevention and control are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website. Additional influenza information, including activity and surveillance data from current and past flu seasons, also is available.

The CDC, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee recommend that all U.S. health care workers get annual influenza vaccinations. According to 2017 MHA Capacity Assessment data, 97.6 percent of responding Missouri hospital facilities have an active policy regarding influenza vaccinations for employees. Additionally, a vaccination rate of between 95 and 100 percent of employees was reported by 71 percent of survey respondents.

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Noteworthy


Mercy And Washington County Memorial Hospital Expand Management Agreement

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Effective Oct. 10, Mercy and Washington County Memorial Hospital in Potosi entered a five-year management agreement that calls for Mercy to provide administrative oversight for WCMH, effective Oct. 17. Michele Meyer was named Interim Administrator of WCMH, effective Oct. 16. She had served as Interim CEO since November 2016 and continues in her role as Vice President of Operations at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Missouri is one of the heaviest states in the country, with 30 percent of adults obese and 28 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 overweight or obese..

Source: Missouri Foundation for Health