MHA Today | May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

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May 30, 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
$1.6 Billion Reduction In Medicare 340B Payments Could Affect S&P Ratings
MHA Distributes Analysis For FFY 2019 Proposed Medicare IRF PPS
Trajectories: Advancing Population Health: Assessment And Action In Missouri Hospitals
NIH Convenes Experts To Discuss Chronic Pain And The Opioid Crisis


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$1.6 Billion Reduction In Medicare 340B Payments Could Affect S&P Ratings

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

According to a report from S&P Global Ratings, the recent Medicare payment cuts for certain drugs purchased under the 340B program poses a financial threat to hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently imposed a 28.5 percent reduction to certain 340B drugs, which is expected to amount to $1.6 billion. S&P wrote, “The impacts of the cuts to the 340B Drug Pricing Program on nonprofit hospitals that rely on 340B drug savings likely will weaken their operating performance at a time of already tightening margins. This could lead to negative rating actions if hospital-specific funding reductions were material and not offset by other management actions.”

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MHA Distributes Analysis For FFY 2019 Proposed Medicare IRF PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA released an analysis illustrating the estimated financial impact of the federal fiscal year 2019 proposed Medicare inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system rule. This analysis, which is available online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®, includes a summary for the nation, Missouri, health systems and individual hospitals. Hospitals have until Tuesday, June 26, to review the impact and submit comments about the rule to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For Missouri, the overall effect of the proposed updates for FFY 2019 is an estimated increase of 1.5 percent. This increase does not reflect payment reductions from Medicare sequestration.

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Quality and Population Health


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

Staff Contact: Peter Rao
May 2018 Trajectories
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.

Although Missouri hospitals are at various levels of readiness and maturity to adopt population health initiatives, implementing an evidence-based program in a high-value population health area can help move hospitals toward greater maturity. Health care systems continue to invest in systems to reduce waste and variation, and to cooperate with nontraditional partners in care transitions with the goal of becoming high reliabilty organizations.

In the latest “State of Population Health: Third Annual Numerof Survey Report,” nearly all of the 400 C-suite health care executives responded that their organization will have some revenue in models with upside or downside risk in two years. The report finds that “organizations that go down the path to population health will be building capacity to effectively manage their operations under the next health care paradigm.” Missouri hospitals must continue the journey to becoming transformational change agents in the communities they serve and in the health care delivery system.

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NIH Convenes Experts To Discuss Chronic Pain And The Opioid Crisis

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Shawn Billings

This week, researchers from around the U.S. will gather at the National Institutes of Health for a two-day symposium called, “From Science to Society — At the Intersection of Chronic Pain Management and the Opioid Crisis.” Chronic pain is a major public health problem affecting at least 25 million Americans every day – over-prescribing opioids for chronic pain treatment has contributed to the current crisis. The crisis highlights the challenges the pain field faces as it tries to develop better treatment and management strategies for patients and health professionals.

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Consider This ...

Americans with depression, bipolar disorder or other serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years younger than those without mental illness — a disparity larger than for race, ethnicity, geography or socioeconomic status.

Source: The New York Times