July 23, 2018
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In This Issue
MHA Distributes Wage Index For Review
Federal Judge Certifies Class In Foster Care Psychotropic Drug Lawsuit
CMS Updates PSVA Tool For 2018 QRDA Category I Schematrons
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released public use files that have been used to develop the federal fiscal year 2020 Medicare wage index. Hospitals can review their hospital-specific data and request any revisions until Tuesday, Sept. 4. This is the only opportunity hospitals have to request data revisions. Subsequent opportunities for correction only can address Medicare administrative contractor mishandling of the data. Requests and supporting documentation for revisions should be directed to the Medicare administrative contractor. MHA posted these files to HIDI Analytic Advantage® for review.
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Health Law Insight
Staff Contacts: Brian Kinkade or Jane Drummond
Federal District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey certified a class of plaintiffs consisting of “all children in Children’s Division foster care custody who presently are, or in the future will be, prescribed or administered one or more psychotropic medications while in state care” in the case of M.B. v. Corsi. The class action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri Central Division by child welfare advocates against the Missouri Department of Social Services. The lawsuit alleges that the department fails to provide appropriate oversight and safeguards for foster children who are prescribed psychotropic medications while in state custody.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The latest Pre-Submission Validation Application tool, updated with the 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category I Schematrons and standards, is available. The PSVA tool assists hospitals and their vendors in identifying and correcting QRDA Category I file format errors for test and production files before data submission to the CMS electronic clinical quality measure data receiving system. Users are required to download this new version and can acquire it upon logging in to the Secure File Transfer and following the prompts. CMS will notify hospitals and vendors when the CMS data receiving system will be open to receive test and production QRDA Category I files for all eCQM reporting, including voluntary reporting of the Hybrid HWR measure. Additional notification will be provided when the PSVA tool can be utilized to test the QRDA Category I file format for voluntary reporting of the Hybrid Hospital-Wide Readmission measure.
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Today, an estimated 34.2 million people provide unpaid care to those 50 and older. These caregivers, about 95 percent family, provide an estimated $500 billion worth of free care annually.
Source: The Wall Street Journal