MHA Today | February 13, 2018

February 13, 2018

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February 13, 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
Issue Brief Reviews President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget
HSGAC Releases Report On Opioid Manufacturers And Third-Party Advocacy Groups
MHA Releases Analysis Of Revised Wage Index And Occupational Mix Data For Development Of FFY 2018 Wage Index
Management And Productivity Report Available



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Issue Brief Reviews President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Yesterday, President Trump released the fiscal year 2019 requested budget, which “builds upon…incredible successes over the past year.” MHA published an issue brief with additional information.

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HSGAC Releases Report On Opioid Manufacturers And Third-Party Advocacy Groups

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

Monday, Senator McCaskill, ranking minority member of the U.S. Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, released a report detailing payments of more than $10 million from opioid manufacturers to pain advocacy groups from 2012 to 2017. The groups who received payment have downplayed addiction risks and advocated against the 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines to limit opioid use for chronic pain conditions.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Releases Analysis Of Revised Wage Index And Occupational Mix Data For Development Of FFY 2018 Wage Index

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Missouri Hospital Association released an analysis of the hospital wage index and occupational mix data that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will use to develop the federal fiscal year 2019 Medicare hospital wage index. Hospitals can review their hospital-specific data and request any revisions until Friday, Feb. 16. Requests and supporting documentation for revisions should be directed to the Medicare Administrative Contractor. Requests for revisions are limited to error corrections in the Feb. 2 public use file or for revisions of desk review adjustments to wage index data.

The analysis includes a comparison of the hospital’s preliminary 2015 wage data. Results are displayed by aggregated data for the core-based statistical area, state and nation. Policy and analytic studies are available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®.

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HIDI Tech Connect


Management And Productivity Report Available

Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert

MHA-member hospitals that submitted fourth quarter data for the “Management & Productivity Report” can access their completed reports online through a secure, password-protected website. Access to this report is limited to hospitals that participate in HIDI’s voluntary management and productivity program. The reports are located at HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the “Management & Productivity” folder under the “Finance and Policy” tab. Contacts from the participating hospitals have been notified by email. Staff may download and save the reports to a secure location on their networks or PCs. The data are encrypted on the site, as well as during the transmission from HIDI. Once the data have been transferred, they must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures.

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Consider This ...

According to a report by Altarum, the opioid epidemic has cost the U.S. more than a trillion dollars since 2001 and may exceed another $500 billion over the next three years.

Source: NPR