MHA Today | September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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September 17, 2018

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.


In This Issue
CMS Proposing To Lift Unnecessary Regulations And Ease Burden On Providers
WPS Begins S-10 Audits In Missouri
HIDI Releases Third Quarter FFY 2018 Inpatient, Outpatient, Missouri Databases

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Watch for MHA’s comment letter on the proposed outpatient prospective payment system rule that is due to CMS on Monday, Sept. 24.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Proposing To Lift Unnecessary Regulations And Ease Burden On Providers

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule to relieve burden on providers by removing unnecessary, obsolete or excessive burdensome Medicare compliance requirements for facilities. Between 2018 and 2021, CMS is projecting savings of $1.12 billion annually if finalized. The rule would accomplish the following.

  • streamline hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical center requirements for conducting comprehensive medical histories and physical assessment
  • allow multi-hospital systems to have unified and integrated Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement programs
  • simplify the ordering process and modernize the personnel requirements for portable x-rays
  • remove duplicated ownership disclosure requirements for critical access hospitals

CMS will accept comments about the proposed rule up to 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register.

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WPS Begins S-10 Audits In Missouri

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Medicare Administrative Contractor, Wisconsin Physicians Service, is beginning to audit a selected number of J5 hospitals. J5 hospitals include those located in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. According to WPS, 50 hospitals will be audited, and the audits must be completed by Jan. 18, 2019. The list of hospitals to be audited is not yet available.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Third Quarter FFY 2018 Inpatient, Outpatient, Missouri Databases

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The third quarter federal fiscal year 2018 inpatient and outpatient databases, including HIDI-reporting hospitals in Missouri and Illinois (but excluding hospitals in Kansas City, Kan., for the current quarter) now are available for download to subscribers of the Premier Data Package on HIDI Analytic Advantage®. These databases will be updated to include the Kansas City, Kan., hospital data for the current quarter in the coming weeks. The databases consist of a patient-level limited dataset, including all HIDI-reported discharges and visits to hospitals. Files are delivered as both text files and ready-to-query Microsoft Access database files. The files are located in “Strategic Planning/Premier Data” and are organized in the following categories.

  • Q3 FFY2018, Inpatient
  • Q3 FFY2018, Outpatient Classified
  • Q3 FFY2018, Outpatient Unclassified

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the 2018 HIDI Premier Data Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Consider This ...

A new study finds three out of five adults across the U.S. had at least one adverse childhood experience, such as divorce, a parent's death, physical or emotional abuse, or a family member's incarceration or substance abuse problem. ACEs increase risk for most common chronic diseases, from heart disease and cancer to depression and substance abuse.

Source: NPR