MHA Today | February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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February 5, 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
Report Charts Distribution Of High-Cost Enrollees In Commercial Insurance Plans
CMMI Cancels Beneficiary Engagement Model
CMS Releases Overview And Upcoming Events For BPCI Advanced
HQRx News Blast Available
HRSA Offers NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Watch for developments from Congress by Thursday to avert a government shutdown — issues that may be included in a solution are DSH cuts, Medicare extenders and community health centers funding.
  • On Tuesday, MHA’s annual Community Investment Report will be released to the media. Hospital-specific data can be reviewed on the Focus on Hospitals website.
  • The call for applications for this year’s Aim for Excellence Awards will be released this week.

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Report Charts Distribution Of High-Cost Enrollees In Commercial Insurance Plans

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Health Care Cost Institute issued a short report on the enrollees and services that generate a disproportionate share of spending in commercial health insurance plans. The assessment spans from 2012 to 2015 and encompasses more than 9 million enrollees under age 65. The top 5 percent of spenders generated more than 50 percent of spending in each year studied, but there was considerable turnover among them.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMMI Cancels Beneficiary Engagement Model

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Center announced the cancellation of the Direct Decision Support Model. The model was established to test whether engaging Medicare beneficiaries about their overall health and specific clinical conditions outside the clinical care setting would have a positive impact on decision making, utilization and cost of care.

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CMS Releases Overview And Upcoming Events For BPCI Advanced

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a fact sheet about the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced. The fact sheet includes an overview of the program, key milestones and dates, key stakeholders, and details about how the program will be structured. CMS also has released recordings and upcoming events about BPCI Advanced, including the following.


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Quality and Population Health


HQRx News Blast Available

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Hospital Quality Reporting News Blast includes an update on the transition to the new Medicare cards.

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Workforce News


HRSA Offers NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

The Health Resources & Services Administration’s NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program offers loan repayment assistance to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses and nursing school faculty who agree to work in underserved areas. HRSA encourages interested applicants to read the application instructions, which are available on the program website.

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Consider This ...

Missouri's number of lab-positive flu cases has reached more than 66,000 cases this season. Fifty-four outbreaks of influenza or influenza-like illness and six influenza or influenza-associated school closures have been reported.

Source: OzarksFirst.com/Missourinet.com