MHA Today | January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018
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January 17, 2018

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In This Issue
HRSA Selects Two Missouri Hospitals To Receive Technical Assistance
Influenza Activity In Missouri Continues
FDA Issues Statement On Ongoing IV Fluid Shortages
CMS Announces EHR Incentive Program Demonstration
CMS Announces IQR Webinar

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


HRSA Selects Two Missouri Hospitals To Receive Technical Assistance

Staff Contact: Dana Dahl

The Health Resources and Services Administration, working in collaboration with the Delta Regional Authority, selected six rural hospitals across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri to share $2 million for intensive technical assistance in the areas of finance, operations, technology and quality improvement. Two Missouri hospitals – Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital, located in Hayti, and Iron County Hospital, located in Pilot Knob – will work with the National Rural Health Resource Center to make in-depth health system enhancements through the provision of intensive technical assistance.

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Quality and Population Health


Influenza Activity In Missouri Continues

Staff Contacts: Jackie Gatz or Carissa Van Hunnik

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s most recent national flu report indicates all U.S. states except Hawaii are reporting widespread activity. Overall, hospitalization rates also are high throughout the nation, with the highest hospitalization rates occurring among people age 65 years and older. The most current influenza surveillance information for Missouri is reported in the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report.

Regional and state coordination systems are actively monitoring influenza-like illness activity and potential impacts to health care facilities. MHA continues to conduct EMResource queries, with the next one scheduled between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. Data compiled from the most recently conducted query indicate hospitals continue to experience high patient volumes, and many have implemented surge strategies. Fewer hospitals are reporting an impact to staffing compared to last week. Information from future queries will assess current or potential impacts to our health care system. Information from the queries is shared with key regional and state partners for continued collaboration and event monitoring.

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FDA Issues Statement On Ongoing IV Fluid Shortages

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., released a statement with an update on the FDA’s efforts to address IV fluid shortages exacerbated by Hurricane Maria. Improvements to IV fluid shortages are expected in the coming weeks and months. The FDA is working with manufacturers to import products into the U.S. from their foreign facilities and also is looking at additional potential import sites for small and large volume IV saline bags. The approval of IV saline products should help boost product supply in the U.S. market in the next several weeks. Gottlieb said the FDA also is asking companies to submit data to extend expiration dates for these products. The agency is paying close attention to demand for empty IV containers as an alternative to filled bags. “We understand that, with the shortage of filled bags, hospitals and other health care providers are turning to the repackaging or compounding of IV saline fluids and utilizing empty IV containers,” he said. “This is resulting in diminished supplies of these containers and concerns that supplies of empty bags could tighten further.”

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CMS Announces EHR Incentive Program Demonstration

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Electronic Health Record Incentive Program attestation for Medicare eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals transitioned to a new platform. As of Jan. 2, eligible hospitals and CAHs attesting to CMS for the EHR Incentive Program must submit calendar year 2017 attestations through the QualityNet secure portal and must have an active and updated QualityNet account.

CMS scheduled a live demonstration at noon on Thursday, Jan. 18, to review the new attestation process. Registration is required and limited. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the Eligible Hospital Information page of the CMS website upon conclusion of the demonstration.

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CMS Announces IQR Webinar

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education webinar for participants in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30. Registration is required for the webinar, “Hospital IQR Program Requirements for CY 2018 (FY 2020 Payment Determination).”

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Consider This ...

Accidents — defined as unintentional, preventable injuries — claimed a record 161,374 lives in 2016, a 10 percent increase over 2015. They include motor vehicle crashes, falls, drowning, choking and poisoning, which encompasses accidental overdoses.

Source: NPR