MHA Today | November 9, 2017

November 9, 2017
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November 9, 2017

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

In This Issue
CBO Updates Estimate Of Repealing The Individual Health Insurance Mandate
CMS Releases Results Of Week One Marketplace Enrollment
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
MO HealthNet To Accept Electronic Signatures
MHA Reports FFY 2018 To 2020 Medicare Pay-For-Performance Reference Guide
Patient Education Resources For ED Use Available
NOSORH Schedules Keys To Successful Grant Writing Webinar

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


CBO Updates Estimate Of Repealing The Individual Health Insurance Mandate

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Congressional Budget Office and The Joint Committee on Taxation staff updated their estimates of the effects of repealing the individual mandate. The new estimates include a federal budget deficit reduction of $338 billion between 2018 and 2027. Nongroup insurance markets would continue to be stable, and average premiums would increase by about 10 percent.

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CMS Releases Results Of Week One Marketplace Enrollment

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The health insurance marketplace is now available for individuals to sign up for coverage during open enrollment for 2018. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released results of the first week of open enrollment, which includes 601,462 plan selections. Of this, 137,322 are new customers.

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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, which 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.

  • low volume appeals settlements
  • hospital value-based purchasing program results for fiscal year 2018
  • quality payment program resources in new location
  • quality payment program year two overview webinar – Tuesday, Nov. 14
  • skilled nursing facility value-based purchasing program FY 2018 final rule call – Thursday, Nov. 16
  • revisions to the hospital-acquired conditions and present on admission indicator reporting provision fact sheet

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MO HealthNet To Accept Electronic Signatures

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet providers may use electronic signatures in documentation validating services rendered and received, beginning Thursday, Nov. 30. System requirements for use of electronic signatures are specified by rule. Questions regarding the proper use of electronic signatures for services billed to MO HealthNet should be directed to the Missouri Medicaid Audit & Compliance Unit at 573/751-3399. The use of electronic signatures for MO HealthNet recordkeeping is voluntary.

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MHA Reports FFY 2018 To 2020 Medicare Pay-For-Performance Reference Guide

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continue to tie payments to quality, the mandatory pay-for-performance programs continue to evolve. The Missouri Hospital Association released a reference guide containing details about the hospital readmissions reduction, hospital-acquired conditions and value-based purchasing programs. The reference guide contains details about the measures used, weighting, minimum claim thresholds and timing for program years 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Policy and analytic studies are made available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®. If you need a user ID and password or have questions about accessing these reports, please contact hidi@mhanet.com.

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Quality and Population Health


Patient Education Resources For ED Use Available

Staff Contacts: Alison Williams or Sarah Willson

The American Hospital Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created patient education resources, including a pain management poster and a document outlining evidence-based information about the risks and side effects of opioids. These tools are designed to help facilitate conversations between health care providers and patients about the use of opioids, as well as alternatives.

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Noteworthy


NOSORH Schedules Keys To Successful Grant Writing Webinar

Staff Contacts: Jim Mikes

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health will present a webinar at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. This presentation will provide guidance on creating a successful application for the Rural Outreach Grant Program. The goal of this grant is to enhance health care delivery in rural communities. Registration is required.

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Consider This ...

A survey of 3,347 nurses shows that 73 percent of baby boomer nurses, who are planning to retire, say they will do so in three years or less.

Source: FierceHealthcare