MHA Today | February 27, 2018

February 27, 2018

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February 27, 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
State House Committee Approves Bill On Assistant Physicians
Missouri Joins Coalition Of States Seeking To Overturn The Affordable Care Act
CMS Clarifies ED Measures Time Difference Calculation Methods For CY 2017 eCQM Hospital Quality Reporting
CMS Accepts Comments On Draft 2019 CMS QRDA I Implementation Guide
CMS Updates OQR Known Issues Document



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State House Committee Approves Bill On Assistant Physicians

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A Missouri House committee approved a new version of House Bill 2127, which would revise practice and payment standards for assistant physicians. MHA successfully promoted an amendment to the bill clarifying that the laws will not limit the authority of hospitals or their medical staffs to make employment or medical staff credentialing decisions.

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Missouri Joins Coalition Of States Seeking To Overturn The Affordable Care Act

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

Twenty states, including Missouri, signed on to a lawsuit claiming that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs argue that the repeal of the individual mandate tax penalty undermines the entire law. Because the United States Supreme Court found in 2012 that the penalty was valid as an exercise of Congress’s taxing authority, the current suit asserts that the individual mandate is unconstitutional absent the tax. Other states involved in the suit include Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Clarifies ED Measures Time Difference Calculation Methods For CY 2017 eCQM Hospital Quality Reporting

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

Hospital data submitters were notified that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data receiving system within the QualityNet secure portal is calculating the absolute value for three emergency department electronic clinical quality measures. This impacts calendar year 2017 reporting to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. Additional information is available.

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CMS Accepts Comments On Draft 2019 CMS QRDA I Implementation Guide

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted the draft 2019 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category I Implementation Guide for Hospital Quality Reporting for public comment in JIRA, ticket number QRDA-660. A JIRA account is required to comment. The public comment period ends Wednesday, March 21.

The 2019 CMS QRDA I Implementation Guide for HQR outlines requirements for eligible and critical access hospitals to report electronic clinical quality measures for the calendar year 2019 reporting period. The draft 2019 CMS QRDA I implementation guide contains the following high-level changes, as compared with the 2018 CMS QRDA I guide.


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CMS Updates OQR Known Issues Document

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated the known issues document associated with the Outpatient Quality Reporting program with issue resolutions as well as newly identified issues. The reports are available on QualityNet.

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Consider This ...

Only about 50 percent of adolescents with depression get diagnosed before reaching adulthood.

Source: NPR