MHA Today | December 26, 2017

December 26, 2017


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December 26, 2017

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In This Issue
Federal Stopgap Budget Measure Includes Short Term Funding For CHIP, Community Health Centers
MO HealthNet Cuts DME Rates
CMS Updates IPFQR Resources

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state and federal health policy developments

Federal Stopgap Budget Measure Includes Short Term Funding For CHIP, Community Health Centers

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

Before leaving for the holidays, Congress passed legislation to fund federal government operations through Friday, Jan. 19. The stopgap funding bill includes $2.85 billion for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and $550 million for community health centers to operate these programs through March 31. Although CHIP and community health centers enjoy broad bipartisan support, long-term reauthorization of both programs has become entangled with a host of controversial issues Congress faces when it returns to work in January.

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MO HealthNet Cuts DME Rates

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet rates for durable medical equipment items that exceed the Medicare rate will be reduced to the Medicare rate for dates of service on and after Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

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Quality and Population Health

CMS Updates IPFQR Resources

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated resources for the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program.

The IPFQR program manual, version 3.1, updates include the following.

  • fiscal year 2019 and 2020 program requirements
  • clarification about measure stewardship and specifications
  • measure removal and retention criteria

The IPFQR program paper tools provide an optional, informal abstraction mechanism to assist inpatient psychiatric facilities with data collection. Updates include the following.

  • Non-Measure Data Collection Tool for data to be submitted in summer 2018
  • addition of the following paper tools for data submission in summer 2019
    • HBIPS-2, -3 and -5 measures
    • substance use (SUB-1, -2/-2a and -3/-3a measures)
    • tobacco use (TOB-1, -2/-2a and -3/-3a measures)
    • screening for metabolic disorders measure
    • transition record with specified elements received by discharged patients and timely transmission of transition record measures
    • non-measure data collection tool

The claims-based measure specifications document provides detailed specifications about the Follow-Up After Hospitalization for Mental Illness and 30-Day All-Cause Unplanned Readmission Following Psychiatric Hospitalization in an Inpatient Psychiatric Facility measures. This document was updated with code corrections.

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