MHA Today | February 8, 2018

February 8, 2018
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February 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
U.S. Senate Develops Its Own Budget Continuation Legislation
Analysis Of Medicare Pay-For-Performance Programs And Projections Available
MO HealthNet Enhances Reimbursement For Certified Providers Treating Severely Abused Children
CMS Hosts Comment Period On New eCQM Measures
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
NHSN Requires Updated Consent Forms
CMS Announces VBP Webinar

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


U.S. Senate Develops Its Own Budget Continuation Legislation

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

Yesterday, the Senate reached a bipartisan agreement that would address the impending lapse of federal spending authority, slated for midnight Thursday. The proposed agreement would increase funding to military and domestic programs throughout the next two years. MHA published an issue brief with additional details. Congressional debate continues.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Analysis Of Medicare Pay-For-Performance Programs And Projections Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Missouri Hospital Association is providing an analysis of the finalized impact of the Medicare pay-for-performance programs and projections for the effects of the federal fiscal year 2019 value-based purchasing and hospital-acquired conditions program. An analysis also will be provided containing pay-for-performance trends based on the 2017 fourth quarter data found in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare database. Although critical access hospitals are exempt from these models, a trend analysis is available as an instrument to track performance. MHA also has released this year’s free, on-demand webinar series about the Medicare pay-for-performance programs. Policy and analytic studies, prepared for distribution by the Hospital Industry Data Institute, are available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®.

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MO HealthNet Enhances Reimbursement For Certified Providers Treating Severely Abused Children

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet-enrolled behavioral health providers certified in the practice of eye movement desensitization reprocessing, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy are eligible for enhanced reimbursement. Qualified providers will receive an additional $10 per unit of individual, family or group therapy delivered to children and young adults under age 21 who have been subjected to severe physical or sexual abuse. The increased reimbursement is retroactive to dates of service on and after July 1, 2017. Invoices for the enhanced rate may be submitted quarterly.

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CMS Hosts Comment Period On New eCQM Measures

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Leslie Porth

The Missouri Hospital Association is asking for hospital review and input on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed new hospital harm eCQM measures. The four hospital harm measures focus on hypoglycemia, opioid-related adverse events, hospital-acquired pressure injury and acute kidney injury occurring in hospitals which, if avoided through high-quality care, could improve outcomes. The comment period ends Friday, Feb. 16, and MHA requests hospital feedback by Wednesday, Feb. 14. While MHA plans to comment collectively on behalf of our hospitals, MHA also encourages hospitals to comment independently. Please send feedback to Sarah Willson at swillson@mhanet.com.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • Patients over Paperwork: January newsletter
  • Merit-Based Inventive Payment System: Call for advancing care information measures and improvement activities
  • Long-Term Care Hospital quality reporting program: Materials for December training
  • Home health review and correct report: Correction

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Quality and Population Health


NHSN Requires Updated Consent Forms

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Jan. 30 release of the National Health Safety Network 8.8.1 application introduced an updated Agreement to Participate and Consent for current NHSN facility users who enrolled in NHSN before Dec. 2, 2017. Facilities that enrolled in NHSN on or after Dec. 2 already have accessed this new consent form and will not need to accept it again if they have already done so. Primary contacts or facility administrators should agree to this updated consent form for each component by April 14, or risk losing access to NHSN. An alert appears on all NHSN component home pages, and facility administrators and primary contacts received an email notification. Additional information, including FAQs and the updated NHSN Purposes and Assurance of Confidentiality, is available on the CDC NHSN website. Questions may be referred to NHSN@cdc.gov with the subject line “NHSN Re-consent.”

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CMS Announces VBP Webinar

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education webinar for participants in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. Registration is required for the webinar, “Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program: Overview of the Fiscal Year 2020 Baseline Measures Report.”

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Consider This ...

Nearly 90 percent of Americans consume more sodium than is recommended, and more than 75 percent of consumed sodium comes from processed and restaurant foods — not the salt shaker.

Source: Million Hearts®