July 11, 2018
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In This Issue
House Budget Committee Schedules Hearing On Managed Care Contract Amendment
CMS Releases Proposed Payment And Policy Updates For ESRD And DME
MHA Offers New Quality Director Orientation
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Brian Kinkade
The House Budget Committee scheduled a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, to hear testimony from the Department of Social Services and from health care providers on the managed care contract amendment limiting reimbursement for nonparticipating providers to 90 percent of the Medicaid fee schedule. Because of the breadth of topics to be considered at the hearing, testimony from providers will be limited. MHA was asked to consolidate witnesses to reflect several categories of hospitals affected by the contracting changes. All hospitals will have the opportunity to submit written comments to the committee. Other subjects the committee will discuss are the governor’s budget vetoes, including the one affecting Time Critical Diagnosis staff in the Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Medicaid review contract awarded to McKinsey and Company.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released CY 2019 payment and policy updates for the Medicare end-stage renal disease prospective payment system and durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies competitive bidding program fee schedule rates. The proposed rule would increase the ESRD PPS base rate from $232.37 to $235.82. The rule also contains proposals to change the ESRD quality incentive program. Comments are due no later than 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contacts: Alison Williams or Rita Kay
Staff new to a hospital-based quality department or manager/director role within the past 12 to 18 months are encouraged to attend the New Quality Director Orientation course on Tuesday, Aug. 14, and Wednesday, Aug. 15. Key topics covered include the critical tie between quality and finance, regulatory requirements and survey preparation, quality measure reporting requirements, data use and analysis to promote process improvement, the culture of safety tenets, and leading and managing improvement teams. Additionally, participants will be given an overview of hospital safety, population health, and patient and family engagement. Registration is required.
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While Rocky Mountain spotted fever has been reported across the country, it is most common in states such as North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri. These states account for more than half – 60 percent – of RMSF cases each year.
Source: Fox News