MHA Today | January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018
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January 29, 2018

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In This Issue
Senator Hatch Letter Suggests CMS Is Better Suited To Administer 340B
HIDI HealthStats — The Economic Cost Of The Opioid Epidemic In Missouri
HIDI Releases Fourth Quarter FFY 2017 Inpatient, Outpatient, Missouri Databases
Resources For EHR Attestation Available

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Senator Hatch Letter Suggests CMS Is Better Suited To Administer 340B

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Senator Orrin Hatch sent a letter to newly appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, suggesting that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is better equipped to administer the 340B drug discount program than the Health Resources and Services Administration. Senator Hatch states that the 340B program expansion exceeds HRSA’s ability to oversee the program integrity.

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HIDI HealthStats — The Economic Cost Of The Opioid Epidemic In Missouri

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

Opioid Overdose Death Rates per 100,000The January 2018 special edition of HIDI HealthStats highlights the growing severity of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. and Missouri. Using the White House Council of Economic Advisors' methods, the Hospital Industry Data Institute found the economic burden of opioid use disorder and overdose deaths for Missouri in 2016 was estimated to be $12.6 billion.

The increase in opioid overdose deaths in Missouri during 2016 was driven primarily by the introduction of inexpensive, yet highly potent synthetic opiates such as fentanyl. The number of deaths involving synthetic opiates grew from 192 in 2015 to 448 in 2016, a one-year, 133 percent increase.

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HIDI Releases Fourth Quarter FFY 2017 Inpatient, Outpatient, Missouri Databases

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The fourth quarter federal fiscal year 2017 inpatient and outpatient databases, including HIDI-reporting hospitals in Missouri and Illinois (but excluding hospitals in Kansas City, Kan. for the fourth quarter), now are available for download to subscribers of the Premier Data Package on HIDI Analytic Advantage®. These databases will be updated to include the Kansas City, Kan. hospital data for the fourth quarter in the coming weeks. The databases consist of a patient-level limited dataset, including all HIDI-reported discharges and visits to hospitals. Files are delivered as both text files and ready-to-query Microsoft Access database files. The files are located in “Strategic Planning/Premier Data” and are organized in the following categories.

  • Q1-Q4 FFY2017, Inpatient
  • Q1-Q4 FFY2017, Outpatient Classified
  • Q1-Q4 FFY2017, Outpatient Unclassified

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the 2018 HIDI Premier Data Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Noteworthy


Resources For EHR Attestation Available

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services transitioned the electronic health record incentive attestation process for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to a new platform. As of Jan. 2, hospitals attesting to CMS for the EHR Incentive Program must submit through the QualityNet Secure Portal. Additional resources are available on the EHR Incentive Programs webpage.

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Consider This ...

Despite the known health benefits of being physically active, only one-half of U.S. adults and about one-quarter of high school students meet the minimum guidelines for aerobic physical activity.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention