MHA Today | January 8, 2018

January 8, 2018
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January 8, 2018

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

In This Issue
Updated List Of ACOs Available
CMS Publishes CLIA RFI
MHA Releases New Data On The Opioid Crisis In Missouri
CMS Announces Hospital Quality Reporting January 2018 System Release

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is holding a call about the Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals' offer to settle appeals for providers with fewer than 500 claims. The call takes place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.
  • Gov. Greitens will give his State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 10. It will not include the traditional release of the governor’s budget, which will come later in the month.
  • The MHA Board of Trustees will meet Friday, Jan. 12 at the MHA offices. If you have issues you would like the board to consider, please contact your elected district board member or any other member of the board.

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Updated List Of ACOs Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the updated list of Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare program. For 2018, 561 total participants are listed. Seventeen ACOs are listed that serve beneficiaries in Missouri, with nine located in Missouri and eight located in other states.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Publishes CLIA RFI

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

A survey and certification memo was released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The memo requests public comment on personnel requirements and competency assessment for nurses and other physical sciences degrees, as well as proficiency testing referrals and sanctions, histocompatibility, and compliance and additional fees. Primarily, CMS is looking for public input on needed regulatory changes, which have not been updated since 1992. CMS encourages feedback and will accept comments until March 12. The request for information can be downloaded from the Federal Register.

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Quality and Population Health


MHA Releases New Data On The Opioid Crisis In Missouri

Staff Contacts: Mat Reidhead or Leslie Porth

Opioid vs MVA Fatalities
MHA distributed a statewide news release today detailing the growing burden of opioid-related overdose deaths in the state since 2001. In 2010, drug overdose deaths surpassed motor vehicle accident deaths in Missouri and have remained there every year since. Opioids account for nearly seven out of 10 drug overdose deaths in Missouri. Between 2014 and 2016, there were 29 counties in Missouri with more drug overdose than MVA deaths. This list accounts for 70 percent of the population, includes nine out of our 10 most populous counties, and includes Pulaski county, which is home to many of our veterans and active service members.

The new research is available through a variety of media, including a fact sheet, a detailed set of slides and an animated time-lapse of states with more drug-induced than motor vehicle deaths in the U.S. between 2001 and 2016.

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CMS Announces Hospital Quality Reporting January 2018 System Release

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Hospital Quality Reporting January 2018 system release was announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The release includes all applications, processes and reports necessary to support the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and Electronic Health Record Programs.

  • IQR
    • ICD-10 code updates in support of the specifications manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures addendum version 5.2b
    • ICD-10 code updates in support of the specifications manual addendum version 5.3a
  • EHR
    • performance improvements to electronic clinical quality measure submission reports by reducing the amount of data compiled for nightly refreshes to the eCQM submission summary and detail reports. Nightly refreshes will consolidate data submitted beginning first quarter 2016. Attempts to run these reports for quarters previous to 1Q2016 will no longer return data.


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Consider This ...

The U.S. spends almost twice as much on health care, as a percentage of its economy, as other advanced industrialized countries — totaling $3.3 trillion, or 17.9 percent of gross domestic product in 2016.

Source: The New York Times