MHA Today | April 30, 2018  

April 30, 2018

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
CMS Outlines FY 2018 Medicare Low-Volume Notification Process
CMS Releases FY 2019 IPPS And LTCH Proposed Payment, Policy Updates
CMS Releases FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Proposed Rule
CMS Releases FY 2019 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Proposed Rule
CMS Releases FY 2019 Hospice Proposed Rule
CMS Announces eCQM Education Session
2018 Trustee Of The Year Award Nomination Period Open
Fulton Medical Center Names Interim CEO

What You Need To Know This Week

  • A legislative alert asking members to contact legislative leadership and members of the budget conference committee is pending and requires action.
  • Watch for an MHA Issue Brief to be released this week on proposed rules SNFs.
  • On Tuesday, the MO HealthNet Pharmacy Program will implement new standards for calculating Morphine-Milligram-Equivalent Accumulation from all concurrent opioid prescriptions for individual patients.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Outlines FY 2018 Medicare Low-Volume Notification Process

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released instructions about how it will implement the extension of the Medicare low-volume payment adjustments. Within the rule, CMS outlines notification instructions for hospitals that wish to receive the enhanced payments for fiscal year 2018. Hospitals must notify their Medicare administrative contractor that it qualifies for FY 2018 payments by May 29. For FYs 2019 through 2022, the discharge threshold is being modified to 500 total discharges and 3,800 discharges. To receive the FY 2019 enhanced payments, hospitals must notify the MAC that it qualifies by Sept. 1.

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CMS Releases FY 2019 IPPS And LTCH Proposed Payment, Policy Updates

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released federal fiscal year 2019 proposed payment and policy updates for acute inpatient prospective payment system and long-term care hospitals. Comments about the proposed payment and policy updates are due no later than 4 p.m. on June 25, 2018. MHA released an issue brief with additional details.

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CMS Releases FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Proposed Rule

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the federal fiscal year 2019 proposed Medicare payment and policy updates for inpatient psychiatric facilities. CMS is soliciting comments regarding the Advancing My HealthEData program and proposing payment updates of 0.98 percent or $50 million. Comments about the proposed payment and policy updates are due no later than 4 p.m. on June 26, 2018. MHA released an issue brief with additional details.

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CMS Releases FY 2019 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Proposed Rule

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  released the federal fiscal year 2019 proposed Medicare payment and policy updates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities. CMS is soliciting comments regarding additional changes to the physician supervision requirement and the Advancing My HealthEData program. The rule also includes proposals to reduce the burden on IRFs, by easing documentation requirements, revising coverage criteria and removing the functional independence measure instrument. IRF payment rates are expected to increase by $75 million. Comments about the proposed payment and policy updates are due no later than 4 p.m. on June 26, 2018. MHA released an issue brief with additional details.

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CMS Releases FY 2019 Hospice Proposed Rule

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the federal fiscal year 2019 proposed Medicare payment and policy updates for hospice. CMS is soliciting comments regarding the Advancing My HealthEData program, and proposes to improve transparency for patients, reduce the administrative burden and proposes payment updates of 1.8 percent or $340 million. Comments about the proposed payment and policy updates are due no later than 4 p.m. on June 26, 2018. MHA released an issue brief with additional details.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces eCQM Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services scheduled a webinar for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10, during which resources for electronic clinical quality improvement will be reviewed. The webinar will include a demonstration of the newly updated eCQI Resource Center and discussion of tools related to the electronic clinical quality measure annual update for the 2019 reporting and performance period. Registration is required.

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Noteworthy


2018 Trustee Of The Year Award Nomination Period Open

Staff Contact: Dana Dahl

MHA’s Trustee of the Year Award recognizes up to two trustees from Missouri hospitals who currently serve on a Missouri hospital or health system governing board. The selection criteria is based on the candidate’s leadership skills, grassroots advocacy, community involvement, meeting participation and personal development. The awards will be presented at the Celebration of Achievement Dinner at MHA’s annual convention on Thursday, Nov. 8. The nomination form, along with a narrative summary that addresses each section of the selection criteria and three letters of support, should be submitted by Friday, June 29.

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CEO Announcements


Fulton Medical Center Names Interim CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Raj Ravi Vuppalapu was named Interim CEO of Fulton Medical Center, effective April 9. He replaces Isabel Schmedemann, who accepted the CEO position at Herington Municipal Hospital in Herington, Kan., effective May 7. Vuppalapu previously served as chief operating officer of Regional Health Partners, LLC. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

In the St. Louis region alone, 712 people died from heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers in 2016. As toxicology reports continue to come in, overdoses in 2017 exceed that number.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch