MHA Today | July 27, 2018

July 27, 2018
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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July 27, 2018

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Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO Yesterday, Melinda L. Estes, M.D., President and CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Mo., was selected as the American Hospital Association’s chair-elect designate for 2020. Congratulations are certainly in order. Mindy has been an important voice on MHA’s board, and she has provided fantastic representation for Missouri — and important leadership at AHA — on a variety of topics throughout the past several years.

The power of AHA and MHA is that we provide a forum to improve the health care system to the benefit of all. And, as we all know, there’s plenty of room for improvement.
Melinda Estes, M.D.
In health care, good is seldom good enough. We put pressure on ourselves to live up to the highest standards and work to anticipate changes in a system where value is the emerging model of care and payment. And, foremost in our minds, are the patients who come to hospitals expecting to get better, not worse.

Together, as a hospital community, we’ve collaborated on the HEN, HEN 2.0 and HIIN; engaged in pilot and immersion projects; and become increasingly data driven. In addition, hospitals have provided leadership for collective, multifaceted and innovative work to reduce opioid misuse. This progress has been possible because hospitals have been willing to collaborate — within the hospital community and with provider community partners. You’ve been willing to share successful quality improvement models with your peers, increasing the rate of adoption while reducing patient harm — locally and throughout the hospital community. It’s a race to the top that benefits patients.

I am very proud of the work that’s been done. I’m also proud that hospitals increasingly look to MHA as a partner in their improvement efforts.

Dick Davidson Quality Award On Thursday, MHA received the American Hospital Association’s Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Associations in recognition of MHA’s investments to improve patient health and safety. MHA Board Chair Jeffery Johnston, Regional President Mercy East Communities in St. Louis, joined me and members of the MHA strategic quality team to receive the award.

The award is a great honor. And, it’s an honor MHA shares with every member of our hospital community — hospital board members who are making quality a priority, administrators who understand that improvement is an important organizational journey, and caregivers who are at the front-line of delivering better and safer care.

The Dick Davidson Award represents communitywide efforts. However, every member of the quality improvement team is essential to the overall goal.

Stephen Njenga Last week, Stephen Njenga, MHA Director of Performance Measurement Compliance, was honored by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy with its 2018 Spirit Award. The award recognizes a Medicare Rural Flexibility Grant program state coordinator who exemplifies the collaborative and innovative spirit of the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project. Njenga was recognized for his dedication to improved quality data submission and process improvement among Missouri’s critical access hospitals.

I’m very happy to have Stephen as a member of MHA’s quality improvement team, which is to say, your quality improvement team. Congratulations, Stephen.

These announcements were only possible because of the long-term investment and visionary leadership by the state’s hospitals.

It was a good week for Missouri hospitals. The collective commitment to quality improvement and safety are evident. Yet, the work continues.

Let me know what you’re thinking.

Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

Herb B. Kuhn
MHA President and CEO

In This Issue
MO HealthNet Increases Reimbursement For Ambulance Services
July 2018 Hospital Compare Data Updates Available
CMS Announces IQR And Promoting Interoperability Program Education Session

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

MO HealthNet Increases Reimbursement For Ambulance Services

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

The MO HealthNet Division increased reimbursement for ambulance services by 1.5 percent for dates of service on and after July 1, in accordance with the state budget adopted for fiscal year 2019. Providers must bill their usual and customary rate; MHD will reimburse the lower of providers’ billed charges or the maximum allowable amounts for the date of service billed. Providers may not bill MHD at a higher rate than they charge their private pay patients.

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Quality and Population Health

July 2018 Hospital Compare Data Updates Available

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated the Hospital Compare website with new quality information for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting, Prospective Payment System-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting and Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting programs. Details are available.

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CMS Announces IQR And Promoting Interoperability Program Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education webinar for participants in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and Promoting Interoperability Programs is scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. Registration is required for the webinar, “Pre-Submission Validation Application Overview for Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Data Submission in Calendar Year 2018.”

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Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?

July 23, 2018
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

July 24, 2018
Funding Opportunity Available For Apprenticeship Expansion
UMKC Awarded $676,000 For Nurse Faculty Loan Program

July 25, 2018
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

July 26, 2018
AHA Board Selects Estes As 2020 Chair-Elect Designate
MHA Releases Issue Brief On CY 2019 Outpatient And ASC PPS Payment And Policy Updates
DSS Suspends Opioid Prescriber Initiative
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Registration Open For Webinar On Treating Pregnant And Postpartum Women With Substance Use Disorder
CMS Announces Hospital VBP Education Session

Consider This ...

One in six Americans have past-due health care bills on their credit report, a debt totaling $81 billion in all. More than half of those bills — 53 percent — amount to less than $600 each.

Source: PBS NewsHour