MHA Today | November 1, 2018

November 1, 2018
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November 1, 2018

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In This Issue
AHA To Host Webinar Highlighting Legal Resources For Victims Of Human Trafficking
CMS Extends Timeline For Publication Of Final Rule On Discharge Planning
CMS Issues Final CY 2019 Payment And Policy Updates For Home Health Agencies
October 2018 Hospital Compare Data Updates Available
USDA Announces Funding To Rural Communities
Bothwell Regional Health Center Names Interim CEO

 

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AHA To Host Webinar Highlighting Legal Resources For Victims Of Human Trafficking

Staff Contact: Amy Schwartz or Sarah Willson

The American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a webinar at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, to provide insights on legal aspects and resources available to human trafficking victims. Speakers Martina E. Vanderberg from the Human Trafficking Legal Center and Jessica Emerson from the University of Baltimore’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project will highlight the importance of understanding what legal resources are available to victims of human trafficking in holding human traffickers accountable for their crimes and raising awareness of victims’ rights. Additional information and online registration is available.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Extends Timeline For Publication Of Final Rule On Discharge Planning

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it is extending the timeline for the publication of the final rule on revisions to the discharge planning requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals and home health agencies. The agency cites significant policy issues that need to be resolved to address issues raised by public comments and assurance of appropriate coordination with other government agencies, specifically, collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Final rules generally are required to be published within three years of the publication of the proposed rule, which would have been Nov. 3. The timeline for publication of this final rule is now extended to Nov. 3, 2019.

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CMS Issues Final CY 2019 Payment And Policy Updates For Home Health Agencies

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued final calendar year 2019 payment and policy updates to the home health prospective payment system. The rule includes changes to “improve access to solutions via remote patient monitoring technology, update payments for home health care with a new case-mix system, begin the new home infusion therapy benefit, and reduce burden.” CMS projects the finalized rates will increase Medicare payments to home health agencies by 2.2 percent or $420 million. MHA published a summary and detailed issue brief with additional information.

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Quality and Population Health


October 2018 Hospital Compare Data Updates Available

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated the Hospital Compare website with new quality information for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting, Prospective Payment System-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting and Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting programs. Details are available.

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Workforce News


USDA Announces Funding To Rural Communities

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding grants for 128 projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural areas. These investments will help more than 4.5 million rural Americans.

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CEO Announcements


Bothwell Regional Health Center Names Interim CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Rose McMullin has been named Interim CEO at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, effective Oct. 31. She replaces Jimmy Robertson who resigned after having served as CEO since December 2015. McMullin also serves as chief nursing officer at the hospital. The Bothwell Regional Health Center Board of Trustees is conducting a search for a permanent replacement. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Open Enrollment for 2019 Marketplace coverage began today. During last year's Open Enrollment period, approximately 11.8 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in an Exchange plan. Twenty-seven percent of consumers with a plan selection were classified as new consumers.

Source: CMS.gov