MHA Today | August 22, 2018

August 22, 2018
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August 22, 2018

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In This Issue
MO HealthNet Increases Reimbursement For Behavioral Health Services
Place Of Service Code Requirements For MO HealthNet Telehealth Claims
Analytic Tool Available To Assess Wage Index Reclassification For FFY 2020
CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MO HealthNet Increases Reimbursement For Behavioral Health Services

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

The MO HealthNet Divison increased reimbursement for behavioral health 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. MHD will automatically adjust claims paid after July 1, before the rate tables were updated to include the rate increase.

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Place Of Service Code Requirements For MO HealthNet Telehealth Claims

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

Providers billing MO HealthNet for telehealth services at a distant site must include a place of service code for claims submitted on or after Aug. 19. The code “POS 3” is used when the distant service site is a school; “POS 2” is to be used in all other locations.

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HIDI Tech Connect


Analytic Tool Available To Assess Wage Index Reclassification For FFY 2020

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

HIDI has prepared an analytic tool that allows hospitals to test their potential ability to achieve a Medicare hospital wage index reclassification. To be reclassified for FFY 2020, applications must be submitted to the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board by Tuesday, Sept. 4. This tool, which is being distributed to HIDI Premier Reporting subscribers, also will allow hospitals to assess whether or not to pursue reclassification in the future.

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the HIDI Premier Report Package available on HIDI Analytic Advantage® should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The next webinar for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Registration is required for the webinar, “FY 2019 IPF PPS Final Rule and APU Determination.”

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Consider This ...

The suicide rate in rural America is 45 percent greater than in large urban areas. A CDC study currently under review lists farming in the occupational group, along with fishing and forestry, with the highest rate of suicide deaths.

Source: CNN.com