MHA Today | November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017

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November 14, 2017

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In This Issue
Three Hospital Groups And Three Provider Organizations Sue HHS
MHA Recognizes Two Missouri Hospitals For Quality Improvement Achievements

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Three Hospital Groups And Three Provider Organizations Sue HHS

Staff Contacts: Jane Drummond or Daniel Landon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was sued Monday by three hospital groups, including the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals and the Association of American Medical Colleges, as well as three health systems, including Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Henry Ford Health System and Park Ridge Health.

The lawsuit is attempting to stop payment cuts for drugs purchased through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2018 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule, Medicare payments to hospitals would reduce by $1.6 billion. The lawsuit argues the 340B provisions violate the Social Security Act.

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Quality and Population Health

MHA Recognizes Two Missouri Hospitals For Quality Improvement Achievements

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

Two Missouri hospital organizations were recognized with the Aim for Excellence Award for delivery of improved population health, patient outcomes and experience, and value of care. The award recognizes progress toward the Triple Aim — better health, improved care and lower cost.

Aim for Excellence AwardCapital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo., was recognized with an Aim for Excellence Award for Clinical Excellence among Small and Large Metropolitan Statistical Area Hospitals, and Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Mo., was recognized for Clinical Excellence by a Care Collaborative or Health System.

The awards were presented at the Installation and Recognition Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 2, during the Missouri Hospital Association 95th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo. A video was created highlighting the winners' efforts. For information regarding the Aim for Excellence Award, visit the MHA website.

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Consider This ...

The patient-to-primary care physician ratio in rural areas is only 39.8 physicians per 100,000 people, compared to 53.3 physicians per 100,000 in urban areas.

Source: National Rural Health Association