MHA Today | May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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May 14, 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
MHA Distributes Final Wage Index, Occupational Mix Data For Review
MO HealthNet Expands Providers Eligible To Bill Enhanced Rates For Trauma-Informed Therapy
Management And Productivity Report Available
SAMHSA Prescription Pain Medication Fact Sheets Available

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Friday marks the end of the regular legislative session of the Missouri General Assembly. An end of session report will be circulated early next week.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Distributes Final Wage Index, Occupational Mix Data For Review

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA 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 submit correction requests until Wednesday, May 30. Requests and supporting documentation for corrections should be directed to CMS and the Medicare Administrative Contractor. Requests for corrections are limited to situations involving errors by CMS or the MAC that the hospitals could not have known about before the review of the final April public use files. MHA posted the files to HIDI Analytic Advantage® for review.

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MO HealthNet Expands Providers Eligible To Bill Enhanced Rates For Trauma-Informed Therapy

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

Therapists certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy now are allowed to bill MO HealthNet at the enhanced rates for therapeutic services provided to children under 21 who have experienced severe physical or sexual abuse. Interested qualifying providers must submit their credentials to Linda Massman of the Department of Mental Health at Linda.Massman@dmh.mo.gov.

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HIDI Tech Connect


Management And Productivity Report Available

Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert

MHA-member hospitals that submitted first 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 on 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 and also 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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Quality and Population Health


SAMHSA Prescription Pain Medication Fact Sheets Available

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Shawn Billings

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a series of fact sheets on prescription pain medications. “Rx Pain Medications, Know the Options, Get the Facts” is a series of 13 fact sheets to increase awareness of the risks associated with prescription opioid use and misuse. The resource aims to help health care providers better understand the potential risks associated with opioid misuse, identify signs of misuse in patients, and includes discussion of how to talk to patients, as well as other options for pain management. The publication also educates patients on alternative pain management options, discussion of risks associated with opioid misuse, and tips for safe storage and disposal, among other topics.

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Consider This ...

In the U.S., about 40 million adults aged 20 to 69 years have noise-induced hearing loss, and about one in four adults who report “excellent to good” hearing already have hearing damage. More than half of all adults with hearing damage do not have noisy jobs.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention