October 1, 2018
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In This Issue
GAO Reports On Number And Characteristics Of Rural Hospital Closures
October Is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
CMS’ regulatory changes for the Medicare inpatient prospective payment system take effect today, the first day of the federal fiscal year. MHA’s Issue Brief describes the changes, which include payment increases, new standards for Medicare DSH payments and implementation of sociodemographic adjustments in the Medicare readmissions reduction program.
Tomorrow and Wednesday, 50 CEOs, trustees and physicians are traveling to Washington, D.C., for MHA’s fall federal advocacy trip.
MHA is submitting comments opposing a proposed Medicaid regulation to cut payments for outpatient drugs purchased through the federal 340B drug discount program.
Staff Contact: Jim Mikes
Responding to a request from Senator Claire McCaskill, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report on the number and characteristics of rural hospital closures. The report specifically focuses on how the Department of Health and Human Services supports and monitors rural hospitals’ financial viability and rural residents’ access to hospital services, as well as what factors have contributed to rural hospital closures. A one-page summary of the report is available.
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Staff Contact: Ted Suess
This October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is commemorating its 15th year as an annual initiative to raise awareness about cybersecurity and promote a safer, more secure and more trusted internet for everyone.
The first week underscores basic cybersecurity essentials the entire family can deploy to protect their homes against cyber threats. With family members using the internet to engage in social media, adjust the home thermostat or shop for the latest connected toy, it is vital to make certain that the entire household ‒ including children – learn to use the internet safely and responsibly, and that networks and mobile devices are secure. Help make your home a safe digital haven by protecting networks, devices and online lives with the easy-to-implement tips included in this week's infographic.
There also are two webinars scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, related to cybersecurity. Registration is open for both events.
Heart disease and stroke are preventable, yet they remain leading causes of death, disability and health care spending in the U.S. Alarmingly, many of these events happen to adults ages 35-64, with more than 800,000 occurring in 2016.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention