MHA Today | December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017
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December 7, 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
Myers And Stauffer LC Announces DSH Audit Survey Training
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CMS Announces Deadline To Submit 3Q2017 HCAHPS Survey Data
CMS Announces Education Sessions

Noteworthy


Myers And Stauffer LC Announces DSH Audit Survey Training

Staff Contact: Kim Duggan

Myers and Stauffer LC is hosting a complimentary webinar from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 14, on the 2015 Missouri Medicaid disproportionate share hospital examination survey and the state fiscal year 2019 interim DSH payment survey. Hospital CEOs, chief financial officers, reimbursement managers and any staff who are expected to be directly responsible for completing the audit surveys are encouraged to attend. Email a registration form to modsh@mslc.com by Wednesday, Dec. 13, to participate.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 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.

  • quality payment program resources
  • extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy for MIPS clinicians
  • updated Medicare Part D opioid drug mapping tool
  • first breakthrough-designated test to detect extensive number of cancer biomarkers
  • new PEPPER available for short-term acute care hospitals
  • Jan. 2018 average sales price files available
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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces Deadline To Submit 3Q2017 HCAHPS Survey Data

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The submission deadline for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems patient perspectives on care survey data for third quarter 2017 discharges (July 1 – Sept. 30) is Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services encourages all hospitals to submit data at least two days before the deadline to allow time to address any submission issues. Inpatient PPS hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program must collect and submit HCAHPS data to qualify to receive their full annual payment update. Non-IPPS hospitals must meet the same submission deadline for their data to be published on Hospital Compare.

The review and correction period is Jan. 4–10, 2018, during which time participating hospitals have the opportunity to access and review the HCAHPS data review and correction report. New data are not accepted into the warehouse during this period, but errors in data accepted into the warehouse by the Jan. 3 deadline can be corrected and resubmitted.

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CMS Announces Education Sessions

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the following outreach and education webinars. Registration is available at the noted links.

  • 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 — IPFQR Program Manual, Version 3.1 and Updated Paper Tools Review
  • 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 — Fiscal Year 2018 Hospital VBP Program, HAC Reduction Program and HRRP: Hospital Compare Data Update
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Consider This ...

Forty percent of people with Medicaid say they are in fair or poor health, compared with 11 percent of those in employer plans and 31 percent of those on Medicare.

Source: ABC News