MHA Today | September 20, 2018

September 20, 2018
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September 20, 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
MHA Distributes Analysis For FFY 2019 Medicare Final LTCH PPS
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
AHA Discusses The Growing Importance of Workforce Planning in Health Care
Critical Access Hospital Executives Gather For In-Person Meeting

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Distributes Analysis For FFY 2019 Medicare Final LTCH PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA released an analysis that illustrates the financial effect of the federal fiscal year 2019 Medicare final long-term care hospital prospective payment system rule. After the application of the site-neutral payment reduction, the net effect on Missouri hospitals will be an estimated 0.04 percent increase in payments. Although footnoted, the effects of the 2 percent Medicare sequestration are not included. This analysis, which will be available online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®, includes a summary for the nation, Missouri, health systems and individual hospitals.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • Merit-based Incentive Payment System targeted review request: Deadline extended to Monday, Oct. 15
  • Quality payment program: MIPS resources
  • Average Sales Price files and coverage for drugs
  • Procedure coding: Using the ICD-10-PCS web-based training
  • Hospital Quality Reporting system open for calendar year 2018 electronic Clinical Quality Measure data

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Workforce News


AHA Discusses The Growing Importance of Workforce Planning in Health Care

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

The American Hospital Association hosted health care administrators, clinicians, academicians and other health care leaders for a Critical Conversation event to talk about the growing importance of workforce planning in health care. Learn more about how other executives are tackling workforce planning in The Workforce Imperative report.

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Noteworthy


Critical Access Hospital Executives Gather For In-Person Meeting

Staff Contact: Dana Dahl

CEOs and members of their administrative teams attended the Critical Access Hospital Network fall meeting today in Jefferson City, Mo. Attendees discussed topics such as proving the value of swing beds in Missouri CAHs, available HIDI services and offerings, legislative and regulatory priorities, and quality reporting options for CAHs. The CAH Network, Rural Hospital Council and MHA Psychiatric Network will convene at MHA’s 96th Annual Convention & Trade Show on Wednesday, Nov. 7, to discuss the mental health crisis in rural hospital emergency departments.

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Consider This ...

Today, the U.S. is the most dangerous place in the developed world to deliver a baby. Every year, about 20 women die in Missouri during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth, and the state has the sixth-highest maternal death rate in the nation.

Source: USA Today