MHA Today | May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018
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May 23, 2018

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In This Issue
House Passes “Right-To-Try” Bill
Trajectories: Advancing Population Health: Assessment And Action In Missouri Hospitals
CMS Releases July 2018 Hospital Compare HSRs

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House Passes “Right-To-Try” Bill

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

Congress has been working to pass a right-to-try bill, which allows people who are terminally ill to try experimental treatments. Last August, the U.S. Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill, mainly through a partisan line vote of 250 to 169. House Speaker Paul Ryan stated, “Terminally ill patients – and their loved ones – deserve the opportunity to try whatever option is available that may offer a chance for a longer life. For patients who may not qualify for certain trials – or who have tried all other options – this bill will allow them to access experimental treatments and therapies.” The president already offered support of the bill and is expected to sign it into law.

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Quality and Population Health


Trajectories: Advancing Population Health: Assessment And Action In Missouri Hospitals

Staff Contact: Peter Rao

The May 2018 issue of Trajectories focuses on understanding where hospitals are positioned to implement population health management and recognizing the necessary steps to achieve readiness. It also highlights two targeted initiatives to implement population health management.
May 2018 Trajectories
Population health management programs allow hospitals to build systems to address high-risk, high-value patient populations to improve individual and population health. Aligning these priorities and implementing targeted programs to address conditions identified through hospitals’ community health needs assessments is the ultimate goal.

Two challenges that are common to all hospitals are preventable emergency department utilization and preventable inpatient admissions for various chronic conditions. MHA’s Strategic Quality Advisory Committee’s population health task force recommended program development around these challenges to advance population health management maturity and enable innovation.

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CMS Releases July 2018 Hospital Compare HSRs

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the July 2018 Hospital Compare Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating hospital-specific reports. Hospitals will receive a QualityNet notification containing detailed instructions on how to access their HSR when it is available for download from the secure portal. The reports will include the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating results, confidence intervals for group and summary scores, group performance category assignment, and the individual measure scores.

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Consider This ...

Cancer is the No. 2 cause of death in the U.S., but a new report says that it is affecting — and killing — fewer Americans with every passing year. Between 2010 and 2014, 453.8 new cases of cancer were diagnosed for every 100,000 people each year, on average. That incidence declined by an average of 1 percent per year during that period.

Source: Los Angeles Times