MHA Today | December 14, 2017

December 14, 2017
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December 14, 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
MHA Urges Prosecutors To Use New Law To Curb Workplace Violence
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Missouri’s Health Ranking Falls In National Survey
CMS Selects Random Sample Of Hospitals For Chart Abstracted And HAI Measures Validation
OQR Times Newsletter Available

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


MHA Urges Prosecutors To Use New Law To Curb Workplace Violence

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

As part of its initiative to address hospital-based workplace violence, MHA is urging prosecutors to employ a new law enhancing criminal penalties for assaults on hospital workers. In a letter sent to every prosecutor with a hospital in his or her jurisdiction, MHA provided information on the rising number of violent incidents within health care facilities and asked that these crimes be appropriately evaluated and charged under the new statute. The letter is part of MHA’s efforts to raise awareness of and create zero tolerance for workplace violence in the hospital setting.

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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.

  • Medicare advisory panel on clinical diagnostic laboratory tests: Request for nominations
  • New Medicare card: Less than four months until transition begins
  • Hospice Compare quarterly refresh
  • Provider enrollment application fee amount for calendar year 2018
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Quality and Population Health


Missouri’s Health Ranking Falls In National Survey

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth or Daniel Landon

The United Health Foundation issued its annual report on state health rankings, along with a summary and chart pack. For 2017, Missouri ranked No. 40, a fall from the state's 2016 ranking of 37. Missouri-specific information is available both in the report and online.

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CMS Selects Random Sample Of Hospitals For Chart Abstracted And HAI Measures Validation

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program selected the random sample of hospitals for the validation of chart abstracted and healthcare-associated infection measures for the fiscal year 2020 annual payment update determination. The quarters included in FY 2020 inpatient validation are third quarter 2017, fourth quarter 2017, first quarter 2018 and second quarter 2018.

CMS will select an additional sample of up to 200 targeted hospitals in April/May of 2018. CMS will include all hospitals that fail validation for the FY 2019 payment determination and a sample of hospitals meeting other targeting criteria as outlined in the FY 2014 IPPS/Long-Term Care Hospital PPS final rule. CMS will notify all targeted hospitals of their selection, validation requirements and deadlines for FY 2020.

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OQR Times Newsletter Available

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The December OQR Times quality reporting newsletter has been released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Consider This ...

The number of flu cases so far this year has more than quadrupled when compared with that of a year ago. As of Nov. 25, there were already 1,545 reported cases of the flu throughout Missouri, compared with 379 at that date in 2016.

Source: The Joplin Globe