MHA Today | July 25, 2018

July 25, 2018
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July 25, 2018

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In This Issue
MHA Releases Analysis Of The Medicare VBP Program And The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program For FFYs 2017-2019
CMS Releases CY 2019 OPPS And ASC Payment And Policy Updates
WHO Declares End To Ebola Outbreak In Congo

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


MHA Releases Analysis Of The Medicare VBP Program And The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program For FFYs 2017-2019

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA released an analysis of the quality program measure trends data, hospital-acquired conditions projections and value-based purchasing program projections. The HAC and VBP reports are limited to inpatient prospective payment hospitals and include estimated Medicare payment adjustments. The quality program measure trends are available to both inpatient PPS and critical access hospitals. MHA also released this year’s free, on-demand webinar series about the Medicare pay-for-performance programs. Policy and analytic studies, prepared for distribution by the Hospital Industry Data Institute, are available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases CY 2019 OPPS And ASC Payment And Policy Updates

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the outpatient prospective payment system and ambulatory surgical center proposed payment and policy updates for CY 2019. CMS states that the changes “would encourage site-neutral payment between sites of services and make health care prices more transparent for patients so they can be more informed about out-of-pocket costs.” CMS projects the proposed rule will increase OPPS payments by 1.25 percent and ASC payments by 2 percent. Comments about the proposed rule are due by 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. MHA will be publishing an issue brief and other details about the proposed rule soon.

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Quality and Population Health


WHO Declares End To Ebola Outbreak In Congo

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The World Health Organization announced yesterday the end of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Shortly after the outbreak was declared in May, the African nation began offering health workers and other high-risk populations an experimental vaccine that was highly protective against the virus in a large 2015 trial in Guinea.

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Consider This ...

In 2017, about 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students were using tobacco products. About half were using two or more products.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention