MHA Today | October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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October 16, 2018

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In This Issue
CMS Proposes Drug Price Disclosure In Television Ads
CMS Begins Sending New Medicare Identification Numbers To Beneficiaries In Missouri
HIDI Releases Annual Licensing Survey Raw Data File And User-Defined Report Generator
Treatment Of Crime Victim Resources Available For Health Care Providers

 

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CMS Proposes Drug Price Disclosure In Television Ads

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule that would require direct-to-consumer television advertisements to include the wholesale acquisition cost of the drug. The rule does not include an effective date. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar stated, “This historic proposal is an important way to create new incentives for drug companies to start lowering their list prices, rather than raising them. President Trump’s drug pricing blueprint called for HHS to consider how to accomplish this goal, and now we are following through on this measure to better inform patients, help them lower their drug costs, and reduce unreasonable spending in Medicare and Medicaid.” Comments on the proposed rule are due 60 days after the publication date in the Federal Register. MHA published an issue brief with additional information.

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CMS Begins Sending New Medicare Identification Numbers To Beneficiaries In Missouri

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been in the process of distributing new Medicare cards and identification numbers for the past few months. Medicare beneficiaries in Missouri are included in “wave 7” of the initiative, and new cards are beginning to be distributed. Medicare recipients can sign into MyMedicare.gov to see if a new card has been mailed or to print an official card. Hospitals can order copies and distribute information that might help with the transition. CMS continues to warn about potential medical identity theft and health care fraud, while encouraging enrollees to be on guard about scams promising to expedite distribution of new identification cards.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Annual Licensing Survey Raw Data File And User-Defined Report Generator

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The raw data file for the 2017 Annual Licensing Survey is available for download by Premier Data Package subscribers on HIDI Analytic Advantage™.

This data file and Excel-based report generator include all hospital-level public data elements included on the 2016 Annual Licensing Survey and are located in Finance and Policy/Premier Data, with the file name MO0000_ASF17-DATA.zip.

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

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Quality and Population Health


Treatment Of Crime Victim Resources Available For Health Care Providers

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson or Amy Schwartz

Hospitals play an important role in the treatment of crime victims. Victims of violent and nonviolent crimes seek mental and physical help for injuries, as well as forensic evidence collection. In addition, hospital employees all too often are victims of crime. As we recognize Healthcare Security and Safety Week, we’re including new resources on MHA’s website related to the treatment of crime victims. This includes topics of sexual assault and human trafficking.

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Consider This ...

Each year, about 242,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 21,000 are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. About 3 percent of breast cancers and 10 percent of ovarian cancers result from inherited gene mutations that are passed on in families.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention