MHA Today | October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017
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October 27, 2017

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Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO
An astronaut, a Canadian expert on accomplishing life goals and a renowned presidential biographer visit a resort in mid-Missouri. No, there’s not a punch line coming — it’s a partial preview of the speakers at next week’s 95th Annual MHA Convention and Trade Show that opens Wednesday.

I’m pretty excited about the speakers we’ve brought in this year. They’ll offer advice on how to inspire change in the way health care is delivered and insights into how — as individuals — we can tackle tough challenges. Whether you’re attending to network, looking for the next big idea or seeking a recharge, there will be opportunity.

This year’s convention theme is “Navigating Health Care.” MHA’s convention planning usually begins in January. Given the past 12 months, this year’s theme seems especially prescient.

I’m very excited to hear what presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has to say about the direction of health care and, frankly, the nation. In past years, we’ve had political analysts and prognosticators attend to provide a view of the emerging landscape. Goodwin, who is a regular commentator on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” should offer a view of the future with an eye toward the past.

Speaking about differing perspectives, David Wolf, M.D., an astronaut and engineer who has logged more than 168 days in space during four separate missions, will provide his view of how imagining the possible can help improve results in high-risk, low-resource environments. I’m hoping there’s no reference to duct tape — real or metaphorical.

Although all of our speakers are excellent, I want to mention one more: Ben Nemtin. At the end of a summer break, Ben and four friends decided to make a list of 100 things they wanted to do — a bucket list of sorts. They agreed to work to accomplish the items on the list, some of which seemed outlandish, and link each accomplishment to helping someone else achieve a goal of their own. In looking to uncover “The Buried Life,” they developed a strategy for achieving important goals — one at a time — while spreading the wealth with others. I expect this to be a humorous and powerful presentation.
MHA Convention
We’ve made some very exciting changes this year, as well. On Wednesday night, we’ll have dueling pianos for entertainment. They’ll be taking requests from the audience, so look for the cards on your table. On Thursday evening at the Installation and Recognition Banquet, we’ll be sharing the stories of our award winners in an entirely new way. I won’t spoil it. Tickets are available.

Throughout Tan-Tar-A, personal membership groups will be holding their own programming. However, not all convention activities happen in the salons and meeting rooms. A lot of the action happens in the hallways and on the trade show floor. While you’re there, remember the sponsors that help make convention a top flight event.

I’m looking forward to the astronaut, list-maker and author. However, the most powerful stories at convention are usually inward-looking. At the Awards Luncheon, we’ll honor auxilians who freely give their time to make our hospitals better, nurses — new and established — who are changing care delivery, lifesaving organ donation activities and a volunteer program that makes life better through ice cream. That’s no joke.

I’m pretty excited to kick it off on Wednesday.

If you want to share your thoughts, stop me at convention or send me an email.


Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

Herb B. Kuhn
MHA President and CEO

In This Issue
MO HealthNet Claims Will Require Enrolled Ordering, Prescribing Or Referring Physician ID
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CMS Announces IPFQR Webinar

state and federal health policy developments

MO HealthNet Claims Will Require Enrolled Ordering, Prescribing Or Referring Physician ID

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet issued notice that, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1, claims for durable medical equipment, home health, independent laboratories and radiology (imaging) will be denied unless the ordering, prescribing or referring provider’s National Provider Identifier is listed on the claim and the OPR provider is actively enrolled with MO HealthNet. OPR providers must be enrolled in Medicaid even if they do not directly participate in the Medicaid program. OPR providers that are not currently enrolled in Medicaid can do so at the Missouri Medicaid Audit & Compliance website.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

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.

  • new Medicare numbers and cards: coordination of benefits
  • MIPS: participate in field testing of episode-based cost measures by Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • reporting changes in ownership — reminder
  • physician compare preview period closes Friday, Nov. 17

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Quality and Population Health

CMS Announces IPFQR Webinar

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education webinar for participants in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Registration is required for the webinar, “IPFQR Program Fiscal Year 2018 Data Review.”

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Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?

October 23, 2017
CMS Releases Appendix A Update On “Primarily Engaged”
Report Evaluates Efforts To Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Of Nursing Home Residents

October 24, 2017
Opioid Toolkits Available
CBO Provides Cost Estimate For CHIP Extension Bill

October 25, 2017
CMS Extends S-10 Submission Deadline
CDC Issues HAN Health Advisory For Treating Patients Returning From Hurricane-Affected Areas
CMS Releases Dry Run Reports Regarding IPFQR Readmission Measure
Congress Clears Second Disaster Aid Infusion
Subscriptions Available For HIDI 2018 Premier Package
HIDI Releases Second Quarter 2017 VBP Payments Model
Putnam County Memorial Hospital Names New CEO

October 26, 2017
CBO Provides Cost Estimate For Proposed Subsidy Bill
Trump Administration Declares National Public Health Emergency For Opioid Crisis
AHA Releases Quality Advisory On IV Fluid Shortages
Resources And Strategies Available To Manage Saline Supply Shortages
CMS Updates Hospital Compare Website

Consider This ...

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. However, up to 25 percent of people with COPD never smoked.

Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute