MHA Today | July 16, 2018

July 16, 2018

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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July 16, 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
CMS Releases Proposed Payment And Policy Updates To The CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
CMS Announces HAC Education Session
National Rural Health Resource Center Announces Next SRHT Project

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The House Budget Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow to discuss issues related to MO HealthNet, including recent gubernatorial vetoes, the contract with McKinsey and Medicaid contract amendments. MHA will be present as will several hospital representatives.
  • Watch for the outpatient payment rule coming from CMS this week.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


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

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the proposed Medicare payment, policy and quality updates for CY 2019. MHA published an issue brief with additional information. Comments about the proposed rule must be received no later than 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces HAC Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education webinar for participants in the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction and Hospital Readmissions Reduction programs is scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Registration is required for the webinar, “Overview of the FY 2019 HAC Reduction Program and HRRP.”

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Noteworthy


National Rural Health Resource Center Announces Next SRHT Project

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The National Rural Health Resource Center posted advanced notice of the next Small Rural Hospital Transition Projects for September. The SRHT Project is designed to assist small rural hospitals in transitioning to value-based care and Alternative Payment Models, such as patient-centered medical homes and hospital shared saving plans, as well as prepare hospitals for population health management. Onsite consultations target financial and quality performance improvements that bridge gaps between the current health care system and the newly emerging system of health care delivery and payment. A preview of the 2018 application is available. The forms provide an option to begin work on the application in advance of the online release date. More information about the SRHT Project, eligibility, participation requirements and hospital readiness requirements also is available.

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Consider This ...

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention