October 15, 2018
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In This Issue
CMS Announces 2019 Medicare Premiums And Deductibles
MHD To Begin Denying More Claims For Services Ordered By Unenrolled Providers
MHA Policy Repository Available To Support Workplace Violence Prevention
Today Is Global Handwashing Day
Southeast Health Center Of Ripley County Closes
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Watch for information for guidance on complying with the new federal price transparency requirements in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services federal fiscal year 2019 inpatient and long-term acute care hospital prospective payment system rule.
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the Medicare Part A and Part B premiums and deductibles for 2019. MHA published an issue brief with additional information.
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Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade
The MO HealthNet Division will begin denying additional claims for services ordered, prescribed or referred by providers who are not enrolled in the Missouri Medicaid program. Beginning Oct. 14, pharmacy claims will be denied if an enrolled provider’s National Provider Identifier is not provided. Also, Home Health and durable medical equipment claims will be denied if an enrolled ordering provider’s NPI number is not included as the referring or attending provider. Finally, all other services, including hospital, mental hospital, long-term care, nursing home, private home-ICF/MF, rural health clinic and hospice provider claims will receive a warning message if the attending provider is not listed on the claim or if the attending provider is not actively enrolled with MHD until the end of the year. On or about the beginning of calendar year 2019, claims without the required NPI will be denied. Ordering, prescribing and referring providers who are not enrolled as Missouri Medicaid providers may submit an application to the Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance Unit.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Jane Drummond
This week is Healthcare Security and Safety Week. MHA’s S.A.F.E.R. Initiative, which provides guidance and resources to foster collaboration and develop safer care environments and resilient communities, has prioritized activities throughout the past 12 months to support Missouri hospitals in mitigating the increased prevalence of violence within hospitals, specifically directed at the workforce. At the request of our membership, MHA staff has sought policies to assist hospitals with validating approaches to safe care environments. The policies, which have been redacted, are available to members on our website.
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Staff Contact: Jessica Stultz
Hand hygiene compliance is an ongoing, foundational strategy to prevent all healthcare-associated infections. Use the following resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to celebrate Global Handwashing Day.
Staff Contact: Carol Boessen
Southeast Health Center of Ripley County in Doniphan, Mo., ceased hospital operations, effective today, Oct. 15. Missouri Highlands Health Center, the area Federally Qualified Health Center, plans to take over running all clinic operations, effective Dec. 1.
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Staff Contact: Ted Suess
When you are on the job – whether it is at a corporate office, local restaurant, health care provider, academic institution or government agency ‒ your organization’s online safety and security are a responsibility we all share. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month focuses on cybersecurity workforce education, training and awareness while emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience. This infographic highlights some quick wins that can make you safer at work and more secure at home.
Symantec is hosting a webinar, “It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work,” at noon on Thursday, Oct. 18. Speakers will address cybersecurity workforce education, training and awareness with specific focus on understanding adversary objectives and best practices for thwarting some of the most common threat tactics.
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Despite widespread knowledge of the importance of handwashing, there still is room for improvement. A recent study showed that only 31 percent of men and 65 percent of women washed their hands after using a public restroom.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention