MHA Today | June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018
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June 7, 2018

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In This Issue
MHA Distributes Analysis Of Proposed Medicare Inpatient PPS For FFY 2019
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
April MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®
Spotlight Hospitals Integrate CHNAs And Implementation Plans To Improve Community Health
CMS Announces OQR Education Session

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MHA Distributes Analysis Of Proposed Medicare Inpatient PPS For FFY 2019

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA released a summary and analysis of the federal fiscal year 2019 inpatient PPS proposed payment and policy updates. Hospitals have until Monday, June 25, to review their hospital-specific data and submit comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The analysis includes the financial effects of marketbasket updates, reductions mandated by the Affordable Care Act, coding adjustments and changes to the wage index. The analysis also includes results from the proposed second year transition to S-10 for Medicare disproportionate share hospital uncompensated care payments. Hospitals in Missouri should expect an estimated 3.2 percent increase in IPPS payments. Results are illustrated in national, state, health system and individual hospital groupings. Policy and analytic studies, prepared for distribution by the Hospital Industry Data Institute, are available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • New Medicare card: Medicare Beneficiary Identifier look-up tool available through your Medicare Administrative Contractor
  • Declines in hospital-acquired conditions save 8,000 lives and $2.9 billion
  • Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Reports for short-term acute care hospitals
  • July 2018 average sales price files
  • 2017 quality payment program year 1 submission results

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HIDI Tech Connect


April MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®

Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert

Data for the April 2018 monthly utilization report have been posted on HIDI Analytic Advantage® and are available to download for distribution or placement in a network folder. HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS has been updated to include this data. The contacts from the participating hospitals have been notified by email, and they may download and save the Excel worksheet 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, it must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures. May 2018 data are being collected now and are scheduled to be available Thursday, July 5.

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Spotlight


Spotlight Hospitals Integrate CHNAs And Implementation Plans To Improve Community Health

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga
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“The community health needs assessment provides valuable data on the communities within the Cox Monett services area. By utilizing this data, Cox Monett was able to create a Community Health Improvement Plan and focused care redesign action plan.

By focusing efforts on areas identified in the CHIP, Cox Monett has increased community engagement through childhood obesity efforts, smoking cessation resources and chronic disease management. By aligning ourselves with additional community resources, Cox Monett also has provided comprehensive services to emergency department patients with dental and mental health needs. A partnership with ACCESS Family Care has allowed for referred Cox Monett patients to get dental services for only $20. Through a partnership with Clark Community Mental Health, patients with mental health needs who utilize the ED are referred for continual comprehensive mental health care. Cox Monett also is continually working to engage and continue to better serve the minority populations within our service area. Redesign efforts extensively focused on assuring the signage, room service menus, documentation and marketing materials are provided in multiple languages.

As a health care organization, continually understanding the needs of the communities we serve allows Cox Monett to provide the best care to our patients. As we prepare for the next CHNA, we are eager to see how our current efforts have improved our quality of care and to continue to learn what we can do better.”

— Darren Bass, DPT
President, Cox Monett Hospital
Vice President, Community Hospital Group


Carroll County Memorial Hospital Logo “Based on the findings from the 2015 community health needs assessment, we have continuously strived to meet the needs of the community. By completing the CHNA, we were able to identify the priority areas of concern for the community we serve. As part of our implementation plan, we identified chronic health conditions such as cancer, heart disease and obesity as priority. Over the last two years, through hiring a population health coordinator and nurse, we have been able to provide preventative care through annual wellness exams, as well as chronic care management and transition of care management. Recently, we received accreditation for a patient centered medical home. Through this care model, we will provide care coordination and management with a patient-centered, team approach. Our mission to improve the health of the community is exemplified by not only assuring excellent medical care, but also by providing a healthy lifestyle to the community. This concept and vision is exhibited by the diversity of our campus, partnerships with community organizations, including the local YMCA, and our ongoing commitment to health care.”

— Cindy Gilman, R.N.
Director of Quality, Carroll County Memorial Hospital

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CMS Announces OQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Outpatient Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled on Wednesday, June 20. The webinar, “The Abstraction Challenge Show: Real Questions, Real Answers,” is offered at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is required.

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Consider This ...

Suicide rates went up more than 30 percent in half of the U.S. since 1999. More than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention