MHA Today | August 8, 2018

August 8, 2018
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August 8, 2018

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In This Issue
HIDI Releases First Quarter 2018 VBP Payments Model
CMS Updates eCQM Value Sets For 2019 Reporting
TJC Releases Specifications Manual Version 2018B

HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases First Quarter 2018 VBP Payments Model

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The Value-Based Purchasing Payments Model is a companion utility to the VBP Analysis that was produced for hospitals on July 25, 2018. The VBP Payments Model is an interactive tool that provides hospitals with the ability to manipulate their hospital-specific quality scores to evaluate the associated change to estimated VBP payments. The VBP Payments Model is provided to subscribers of the 2018 Premier Reporting Package. The modeling utility is located on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the “Finance and Policy/Premier Reports” or “Quality/Premier Reports” folders, with the file name “MOxxxx_VBP FFY2019 Payments Model_2018_Q1_(2018.07.25).xlsx.” Hospitals interested in subscribing to the HIDI Premier Report Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Updates eCQM Value Sets For 2019 Reporting

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the National Library of Medicine will publish updates to the electronic clinical quality measure value sets to align with the most recent terminology releases. Details are available.

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TJC Releases Specifications Manual Version 2018B

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures, version 2018B, is available on The Joint Commission Performance Measurement System Extranet Track (PET). The manual is effective with discharges Jan. 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

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