MHA Today | May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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May 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
Get Social For National Hospital Week
Budget Conference Committee Favors Lower Medicaid Hospital Rate Cuts
CMS Releases eCQM Information
Hospital Compare Preview Reports Available
CMS Announces Rural Health Strategy


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Spotlight


Get Social For National Hospital Week

Staff Contact: Mary Becker
National Hospital Week 2018
During National Hospital Week, May 6 – 12, we encourage our member hospitals and health systems to get social with MHA! Show us how you're celebrating Hospital Week by tagging @MOHospitals and using the hashtag #MoHospitals on Twitter.

This week also creates a perfect opportunity to honor Hospital Heroes. To help promote nominations from staff and patients alike, MHA has provided a Hospital Hero Toolkit, which includes promotional flyers, digital and shareable graphics and sample social media messages.

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Budget Conference Committee Favors Lower Medicaid Hospital Rate Cuts

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon, Rob Monsees or Brian Kinkade

The budget conference committee that was convened to settle differences between the House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2019 state budget agreed to the Senate’s lower level of rate cuts for the Medicaid hospital program. The conference committee decision reduces the level of cuts recommended by the House by more than $49 million for a net reduction of $48 million from next year’s appropriation. However, because this includes $16 million in cuts to bariatric and lumbar/spinal surgery reimbursement that will fall almost exclusively on out-of-state hospitals, the projected reduction to Missouri hospitals is $32 million. The conference committee also inserted language in the budget bill that requires MO HealthNet to hold public hearings, estimate the impact of proposed budget cuts on the Federal Reimbursement Allowance, and provide notice to the House and Senate budget committees before implementing rate reductions. The decisions of the conference committee must be ratified by both chambers before 6 p.m. Friday, May 11.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Releases eCQM Information

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted the electronic clinical quality measure annual update for the 2019 reporting period for eligible and critical access hospitals, and the 2019 performance period for eligible professionals and clinicians. Details are available.

Also available is the 2019 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category I Hospital Quality Reporting Implementation Guide, Schematron and sample files.

The 2019 CMS QRDA I HQR IG provides technical instructions for QRDA Category I reporting for eligible and CAHs reporting eCQM for the calendar year 2019 reporting period for the following programs.

  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting
  • Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (formerly known as the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program) for Eligible Hospitals and CAHs

The 2019 CMS QRDA I HQR IG contains the following high-level changes as compared with the reporting specifications for eligible hospitals and CAHs in the 2018 CMS QRDA I HQR IG.


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Hospital Compare Preview Reports Available

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

July 2018 Hospital Compare preview reports for participating hospitals are available through Saturday, June 2. Hospitals may preview the reports by logging into the QualityNet secure portal. Details are available.

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Noteworthy


CMS Announces Rural Health Strategy

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy intended to provide a proactive approach on health care issues to ensure that the nearly one in five individuals who live in rural America have access to high quality, affordable health care. This new strategy focuses on ways in which the agency can better serve individuals in rural areas and avoid unintended consequences of policy and program implementation.

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Consider This ...

In 2016, Missouri hospitals invested $385 million in health professionals' education to nearly 160,000 full-time hospital employees across the state.

Source: Missouri Hospital Association