MHA Today | August 7, 2018

August 7, 2018

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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August 7, 2018

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In This Issue
CMS Releases Final FY 2019 Payment And Policy Updates For IPPS And LTCH
MHA Releases CAH FFY2019 VBP Reports
June MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®
TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Webinar


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CMS Releases Final FY 2019 Payment And Policy Updates For IPPS And LTCH

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the federal fiscal year 2019 acute inpatient prospective payment and long-term acute care hospital prospective payment system payment and policy updates. MHA published an issue brief with additional details.

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MHA Releases CAH FFY2019 VBP Reports

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Although critical access hospitals are excluded from the Medicare value-based purchasing pay-for-performance program, MHA released a simulation, which illustrates the effect that such a program could have on CAHs. The report includes estimated fiscal implications and scoring for each VBP domain, including patient experience of care, clinical care, safety of care and efficiency of care.

Policy and analytic studies, prepared for distribution by the Hospital Industry Data Institute, are available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®. If you need a user ID and password or have questions about accessing these reports, contact HIDI.

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HIDI Tech Connect


June MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®

Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert

Data for the June 2018 monthly utilization report have been posted on HIDI Analytic Advantage® and are available to download for distribution or placement in a network folder. HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS has been updated to include this data. The contacts from the participating hospitals have been notified by email, and they may download and save the Excel worksheet to a secure location on their networks or PCs. The data are encrypted on the site and also during the transmission from HIDI. Once the data have been transferred, it must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures. July 2018 data are being collected now and are scheduled to be available Wednesday, Sept. 5.

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Quality and Population Health


TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Webinar

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The next webinar in The Joint Commission Pioneers in Quality: Proven Practices Collection is scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. The program, “Pioneers in Quality 2018 eCQM Proven Practices: EHR Refinement & System EHR Transition,” will include presentations from representatives of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital of Leonardtown, Md., and BJC HealthCare of St. Louis. Registration is required.

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Consider This ...

More than 4,800 pregnancies in the U.S. territories had a lab result showing confirmed or possible Zika from 2016 to 2018 with most occurring during travel. About one in seven babies now 1 year or older who were born to women with Zika virus infection during pregnancy had one or more health problems possibly caused by exposure to the virus before birth.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention