HHS Announces $125 Million To Support Community Health Center Quality Improvement
Staff Contact: Jim Mikes
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $125 million in Quality Improvement grant awards to 1,352 community health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, health centers will use these funds to continue to improve quality, efficiency and the effectiveness of health care delivery in the communities they serve. This announcement comes during National Health Center Week, the annual celebration that highlights the critical role community health centers play in providing high-quality, affordable, primary health care. Missouri’s 29 community health centers were awarded a total of $2,896,782. A list of the award recipients is available.
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Missouri Hospital Preparedness Education And Resources Available
Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Stacie Hollis
This week, MHA is participating in the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Safe and Sound Week to further demonstrate our ongoing support of Missouri hospitals’ efforts to create safe environments to both deliver and receive quality health care. Hospital preparedness cultivates resiliency and supports the continuity of health care delivery. Missouri hospital staff are encouraged to take advantage of the following educational opportunities.
Tomorrow, MHA staff will host the third quarter Emergency Preparedness Hospital Program Update webinar to provide timely and appropriate resources to staff with emergency management responsibilities. The one-hour webinar is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Registration is complimentary.
Registration currently is open for MHA's 2018 Annual Emergency Preparedness and Safety Conference: Creating Safe Environments to Give and Receive Quality Care, taking place Thursday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 19, in Osage Beach, Mo. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from national experts to enhance established emergency management programs, as well as integrate preparedness initiatives into daily hospital operations. Register by Thursday, Oct. 4.
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PSVA Tool Accepting QRDA Files For HWR Measure
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The Pre-Submission Validation Application tool has been updated and is accepting submissions of Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category I files for the voluntary Hybrid Hospital-Wide Readmission measure to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. 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 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ electronic clinical quality measure data receiving system.
This PSVA release encompasses two major product enhancements for the end user.
- A new program named HQR_IQR_VOL has been added so the voluntary submissions for the new Hybrid HWR measure can be separated from other eCQM submissions due to the utilization of different system processing pathways.
- The HQR_IQR_VOL has been added to the program select drop-down in the PSVA guide.
Users will need to download the updated tool to continue using it. New users must log in to the QualityNet Secure Portal with valid user credentials to download the PSVA tool.
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Synthetic Opioids Contribute To Increases In Opioid Overdose Deaths
Staff Contact: Shawn Billings
Today, The New York Times released an article citing preliminary findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that show another year of increases in opioid overdose deaths. In 2017, drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans, a rise of around 10 percent. According to CDC estimates, overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids rose sharply, while deaths from heroin, prescription opioid pills and methadone fell.
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Survey Finds Increased Awareness For Flu Vaccine
Staff Contact: Leslie Porth
Last year’s high flu levels may be prompting more awareness and an increase in vaccinations among Americans. A survey conducted by CVS Health found that one in five, or 22 percent, of consumers who went unvaccinated last year say the trend in last year’s flu season makes them more likely to get vaccinated this year. And, of the 27 percent of parents whose child did not get the vaccine last year, 26 percent say that last year’s high flu levels makes them more likely to get their child vaccinated.
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Consider This ...
Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a record number that reflects a rise of around 10 percent. The death toll is higher than the peak yearly death totals from H.I.V., car crashes or gun deaths.
Source: The New York Times