July 16, 2018
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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
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
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
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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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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Salmonella causes an estimated 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the U.S. every year. Food is the source for about 1 million of these illnesses.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention