MHA Today | July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018
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July 12, 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
U.S. House Energy And Commerce Approves Clinical Workforce Bills
CMS Releases Proposed Payment And Policy Updates For ESRD And DME
CMS Releases Proposed Payment And Policy Updates To The CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
MHA Distributes CAH Databook
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
FCC Proposes $100 Million For Pilot Program
HIDI Hosts Training Webinars For Long-Term Care, Rehabilitation And Psychiatric Hospitals

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


U.S. House Energy And Commerce Approves Clinical Workforce Bills

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

Previously, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee advanced several health care workforce bills. The full House Energy and Commerce committee has now unanimously approved four bills that will advance to the House. The bills include the following.

  • H.R. 5385 — The Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018
  • H.R. 959 — The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2018
  • H.R. 1676 — The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act
  • H.R. 3728 — The Education Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) Act of 2018
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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Proposed Payment And Policy Updates For ESRD And DME

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Yesterday, 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 updates are projected to increase dialysis center Medicare payments by 1.7 percent, or $190 million. MHA published an issue brief with additional information.

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CMS Releases Proposed Payment And Policy Updates To The CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the proposed Medicare payment, policy and quality updates for CY 2019. The rule contains proposals to reduce administrative burden, improve accuracy of evaluation and management coding, pay separately for two newly defined physicians’ services furnished using communication technology, seek comments about bundled episode of care management and counseling treatment for substance use disorders, and much more. Comments about the proposed rule must be received no later than 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.

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MHA Distributes CAH Databook

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA released the 2018 Critical Access Hospital Databook, which includes quality performance, financial indicators, and Medicare inpatient and outpatient utilization. In addition, assorted state and national indicators are listed to serve as benchmarks. The analysis will be available online for 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: wave 1 mailing complete
  • Merit-based Incentive Payment System 2019 payment adjustment fact sheet
  • inpatient rehabilitation facility, long-term care hospital, skilled nursing facility and hospice quality reporting program non-compliance letters: request for reconsideration by Tuesday, Aug. 7
  • proper use of the KX modifier for Part B immunosuppressive drug claims
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Noteworthy


FCC Proposes $100 Million For Pilot Program

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Federal Communications Commission announced that the agency wants to create a $100 million telehealth program to largely support health care services for low-income individuals — especially those living in rural areas — as well as veterans. The FCC will vote on a Notice of Inquiry at its August Open Meeting that seeks comment on the following.

  • budgeting for $100 million in support
  • targeting support to connected care deployments that would benefit low-income patients, including those eligible for Medicaid or veterans receiving cost-free medical care
  • supporting a limited number of projects over a two- or three-year period with controls in place to measure and verify the benefits, costs and savings associated with connected care deployments

Further details are available in a press release.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Hosts Training Webinars For Long-Term Care, Rehabilitation And Psychiatric Hospitals

Staff Contact: Steve Warchol

HIDI is hosting upcoming webinars for long-term care, rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals to learn more about HIDI’s business intelligence platform, HIDI Analytic Advantage®, which is available to all hospitals participating in HIDI’s data collection program. The webinars will be held on Tuesday, July 17, with the long-term care and rehabilitation hospital webinar taking place at 9:30 a.m. and the psychiatric hospital webinar taking place at 11 a.m. The webinars are free to any hospital team member. Participants can register through the respective links.

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Consider This ...

McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen, the three giants of the pharmaceutical drug distribution industry, shipped 1.6 billion doses of opioids to Missouri from 2012 to 2017. That works out to 260 doses for each person in the state.

Source: The Kansas City Star