MHA Today | October 22, 2018

October 22, 2018

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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October 22, 2018

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In This Issue
CMS Comments On Marketplace Data Breach
State Relief And Empowerment Waivers Provide States With Additional Flexibility
This Week Is National Healthcare Quality Week
CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session
HHS Awards $293 Million To Expand Primary Health Care Workforce
Gov. Parson Issues Proclamation
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Watch for a notice about MHA-member calls-ins regarding the latest information on Upper Payment Limit changes.
  • National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 27. Look for resources here.
  • On Thursday, the Kaiser Family Foundation will release its 18th annual 50-state Medicaid budget survey for state fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Comments On Marketplace Data Breach

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that 75,000 individuals’ Federally Facilitated Exchange files were breached last week. The breach was within the FFE’s Direct Enrollment pathway for agents and brokers. The Direct Enrollment pathway now has been disabled, and CMS is working to address the issue. CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated, “Our number one priority is the safety and security of the Americans we serve. We will continue to work around the clock to help those potentially impacted and ensure the protection of consumer information.”

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State Relief And Empowerment Waivers Provide States With Additional Flexibility

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the U.S. Department of Treasury issued new guidance that allows states more insurance market flexibility and increases choice and competition. The State Relief and Empowerment Waivers allows states to pursue waivers to improve their insurance markets, increase affordable coverage options and ensure that people with pre-existing conditions are protected. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar stated, “Now, states will have a clear sense of how they can take the lead on making available more insurance options, within the bounds of the Affordable Care Act, that are fiscally sustainable, private sector-driven and consumer-friendly.” CMS Administrator Seema Verma acknowledges in a blog that Congress will need to act to remove other waiver limitations as defined by federal law. CMS is welcoming comments on the guidance, which are due 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register.

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Quality and Population Health


This Week Is National Healthcare Quality Week

Staff Contact: Peter Rao
Healthcare Security & Safety Week
Providing high-quality care to every patient in a safe environment is the goal of every Missouri hospital. This requires a holistic approach involving providers, nurses and other medical professionals, as well as patients and their caregivers.

Improving quality and patient safety involves recognition and sharing meaningful data. MHA’s 2018 Annual Quality Report highlights 17 key metrics that are tracked nationally to assess performance related to hospital-acquired infections, readmissions and safety. With major national and state initiatives focused on sepsis, aggressive efforts with postoperative sepsis show that Missouri hospitals are at 10.32 per 1,000 elective surgical discharges compared to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s latest national benchmark of 12.2 per 1,000. Recently, this achievement was reflected when Missouri hospitals and MHA were recognized with the American Hospital Association’s 2018 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for leadership in quality innovation and improvement.

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CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The next webinar for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program is at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. Registration is required for the webinar, “IPFQR Program FY 2019 Data Review.”

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Workforce News


HHS Awards $293 Million To Expand Primary Health Care Workforce

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

The Health Resources and Services Administration announced $293 million in awards to primary health care clinicians and students through the National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps programs. The NHSC and NURSE Corps programs build healthy communities by providing scholarships and loan repayment to health care providers in exchange for working in areas of the U.S. with limited access to care.

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Noteworthy


Gov. Parson Issues Proclamation

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Pam Kelsey

This week is recognized nationally as Health Care Facilities and Engineering Week, which helps health care organizations acknowledge staff who are responsible for managing and ensuring a safe environment for patient care. Gov. Parson issued a proclamation in recognition of the Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineers’ efforts.

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Staff Contact: Ted Suess
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Our day-to-day life depends on the country’s 16 sectors of critical infrastructure, which supply food, water, financial services, public health, communications and power, along with other networks and systems. A disruption to this system, which is operated via the internet, can have significant and even catastrophic consequences for our nation. With this infographic as a guide, learn how critical infrastructure plays in your routine and what you can do to keep its systems and networks more secure.

This week, Symantec is hosting two webinars in recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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Consider This ...

Survey data from 1.2 million adults found — across age, gender, education status and income — people who exercised reported fewer days of bad mental health than those who didn't. And those who played team sports reported the fewest.

Source: NPR