MHA Today | November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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November 21, 2017

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In This Issue
CMS Releases Home Health Agency Guidance
Registration Open For Quality Reporting Education Sessions
AMN Healthcare Releases Survey Of Registered Nurses


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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Home Health Agency Guidance

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released survey and certification guidance for home health agencies regarding subunits. This guidance is in anticipation of the Jan. 13, 2018 effective date for new home health Conditions of Participation, which no longer contain definitions of subunits. Home health agencies currently operating as a subunit will become freestanding HHAs unless they notify the State Survey Agency and the Medicare Administrative Contractor stating they wish to become a Branch of the Parent before the CoPs effective date.

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Quality and Population Health


Registration Open For Quality Reporting Education Sessions

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the following upcoming education sessions.

  • Outpatient Quality Reporting Program at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 — CY 2018 OPPS/ASC Final Rule: Hospital OQR Program
  • Inpatient Quality Reporting Program at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 — Hybrid Hospital-Wide 30-Day Readmission Measure Core Clinical Data Elements for Calendar Year 2018 Voluntary Data Submission

Registration is required and available through the noted links.

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Workforce News


AMN Healthcare Releases Survey Of Registered Nurses

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

AMN Healthcare conducted the biennial survey of registered nurses to provide up-to-date information from one of the largest and most influential employee categories within the health care workforce. The “2017 Survey of Registered Nurses: Viewpoints on Leadership, Shortages and their Profession” provides nurses’ views on the issues important to them in the changing health care environment.

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Consider This ...

In 2015, there were 41.7 deaths per 100,000 Missouri residents due to drugs, alcohol and suicide compared with 23.7 in 1999 — an increase of 76 percent.

Source: USA Today