MHA Today | March 5, 2018

March 5, 2018

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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March 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
Greitens Administration Expands On Announcement Of Medicaid Opioid Prescribing Initiative
CMS Releases Corrected HSRs Related To CLABSI, CAUTI And CDI
CMS Invites Feedback On Draft eCQM Packages For 2019 Reporting
Federal Judge Issues Second Order Invalidating DSH Audit Rule

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Greitens Administration Expands On Announcement Of Medicaid Opioid Prescribing Initiative

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

The Greitens administration released an announcement of its multi-agency Medicaid opioid prescription intervention initiative, building on events of last week and described in MHA Today on Wednesday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 2. MHA has summarized the initiative.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Releases Corrected Reports Related To CLABSI, CAUTI And CDI

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

Corrected hospital-specific reports have been released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a result of errors found in July 2017 public reporting related to central line-associated bloodstream infection, catheter-associated urinary tract infection and Clostridium difficile. The HSRs for this corrected data will be available for preview until Tuesday, April 3, through the QualityNet secure portal.

CMS published a news article on QualityNet in July 2017 notifying hospitals of a data error that affected first quarter 2015 through third quarter 2016 CLABSI data and first quarter 2015 through fourth quarter 2016 CAUTI data for all hospitals. The third quarter 2016 CDI error affected an additional 53 hospitals; however, only those hospitals will receive a CDI report.

The corrected data will be posted on data.cms.gov after the preview period.

Please contact the Hospital Compare Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings Team with any questions.

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CMS Invites Feedback On Draft eCQM Packages For 2019 Reporting

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting feedback on draft electronic clinical quality measure packages that include logic and header changes for eCQMs under consideration for CMS quality reporting and payment programs. The draft measures are available through Tuesday, March 20. Details are available.

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Health Law Insight


Federal Judge Issues Second Order Invalidating DSH Audit Rule

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

A federal judge in the District of Columbia issued an order Friday invalidating the 2017 Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital audit rule. The hospital plaintiffs in the case sought to overturn both the audit methodology based on FAQ guidance used in the DSH audits and the final rule promulgated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services formalizing that guidance. The plaintiffs asked the court to take notice of the recent decision in the Western District of Missouri enjoining the use of both.

The order indicates that the judge soon will file a memorandum opinion explaining the basis for his decision. The case is the second in the country to enjoin CMS from imposing the methodology, which requires Medicare and third-party payments to offset costs in calculating a hospital’s DSH limit.

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Consider This ...

March is National Nutrition Month. Most Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. In 2015, only 12 percent of adults ate enough fruit and 9 percent ate enough vegetables. In 2013, 9 percent of adolescents ate enough fruit and 2 percent ate enough vegetables.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention