MHA Today | October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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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
CMS Releases Appendix A Update On “Primarily Engaged”
Report Evaluates Efforts To Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Of Nursing Home Residents


What You Need To Know This Week

  • Open enrollment in the health care marketplace begins in just eight days – on Nov. 1. MHA has compiled resources on our website to assist with enrollment.
  • Watch for an announcement this week about the presidential declaration of the opioid epidemic as a national emergency. MHA will distribute an opioid fact sheet later this week.
  • This is the last week to register for the MHA convention, Nov. 1-3 at Tan-Tar-A Resort. Online registration ends at noon Tuesday, Oct. 31.

 


Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Appendix A Update On “Primarily Engaged”

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an advanced copy of the revisions to the State Operations Manual Hospital Appendix A. While the original version was released on Sept. 6, this revision is being issued to clarify relevant questions CMS received since the original release of the guidance. Substantive revisions to the original release are included in red italicized font in this memorandum. Those substantive changes address facilities in operation for less than 12 months, as well as the involvement of the Regional Office in determining if the hospital is primarily engaged. Additionally, significant revisions have been made to A-0022 (§482.11(b)), and A-0008 (§482.1). MHA recommends ensuring colleagues in your organizations who oversee regulatory compliance to review these changes.

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Quality and Population Health


Report Evaluates Efforts To Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Of Nursing Home Residents

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Alison Williams

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted a final evaluation report of initiatives to reduce avoidable hospitalizations among nursing home residents. The initiative was funded through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within CMS. One component involved work done through the University of Missouri.

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