MHA Today | June 28, 2018

June 28, 2018
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June 28, 2018

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In This Issue
Senate Appropriations Legislation Includes Workplace Safety Regulatory Initiative
U.S. House Committee Advances Emergency Preparedness, Workforce And Palliative Care Bills
U.S. Senate Committee Reviews Medicaid Fraud Concerns
CMS Releases IPFQR Submission Checklists
CMS Releases OQR Manual Version 12.0

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Senate Appropriations Legislation Includes Workplace Safety Regulatory Initiative

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon, Jane Drummond or Leslie Porth

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation governing appropriations for the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services. It was amended to include language directing the departments jointly to prepare a report on “how they can collaborate to provide protections and support safe environments for health care workers, patients, families and visitors.” The report is to be submitted to the Senate and House Appropriations committees within 180 days after enactment. MHA and the Kansas Hospital Association promoted the language. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas is a member of the subcommittee. We appreciate their responsiveness and leadership on this topic.

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U.S. House Committee Advances Emergency Preparedness, Workforce And Palliative Care Bills

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health subcommittee approved five bills at a hearing. One would reauthorize and revise funding for disaster preparedness programs, including those supporting hospital readiness. Several others relate to workforce initiatives, including the reauthorization of the pediatric graduate medical education program. Another addresses palliative care training and research.

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U.S. Senate Committee Reviews Medicaid Fraud Concerns

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Operations Committee held a hearing on Medicaid fraud. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced various Medicaid fraud initiatives on June 27. The hearing featured testimony from the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Health and Human Services. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is the committee’s ranking member and submitted an opening statement.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Releases IPFQR Submission Checklists

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The deadline for inpatient psychiatric facilities participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program to report fiscal year 2019 data (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017 discharges) is Wednesday, Aug. 15. Available on the Quality Reporting Center are checklists to assist IPFs in meeting this requirement. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recommends IPFs complete and submit the Hospital Contact Change Form to ensure facility contact information in their system is correct.

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CMS Releases OQR Manual Version 12.0

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Specifications Manual version 12.0, effective for encounters Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. The manual is available on QualityNet. A complete list of changes are available in the release notes. Major revisions include the following.

  • Section 2: Data Dictionary — Updates to Data Elements
  • Section 5: Hospital Outpatient Department Quality Measure Data Transmission
    • Hospital Outpatient Clinical Data XML File Layout
    • Hospital Outpatient Population Data XML File Layout
  • Appendix A — Removal of Table 9.0: Long Bone Fracture
  • Appendix C
    • Removal of Table 1.1: Aspirin and Aspirin-Containing Medications
    • Removal of Table 9.1: Analgesic Medications
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Consider This ...

On average, 280 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission