MHA Today | November 5, 2018

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November 5, 2018

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In This Issue
CMS Finalizes Medicare CY Outpatient PPS And ASC Payment And Policy Updates
TJC Releases Specifications Manual Addendum 2018B1
AHA To Host Webinar Highlighting CEO Cyber Risk Profiles

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Regulatory News
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CMS Finalizes Medicare CY Outpatient PPS And ASC Payment And Policy Updates

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final CY 2019 payment and policy updates for the Medicare outpatient prospective payment and ambulatory surgical center payment systems. MHA published a summary and issue brief with additional details.

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Quality and Population Health

TJC Releases Specifications Manual Addendum 2018B1

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission released an addendum to the Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures. Version 2018B1 is effective with discharges Jan. 1 through June 30, 2019, and is available on The Joint Commission Performance Measurement System Extranet Track (PET). Updates include the following.

  • Updates to the new PC-06 Unexpected Complications in Term Newborns measure to clarify or correct errors in the following sections
    • Initial Patient Population
    • Measure Information Form
    • Algorithm
    • Discharge Disposition
    • Appendix A
  • Updates to the Sampling and Data Transmission sections to clarify the addition of the ASR Outpatient measures
  • Addition of the Outpatient Clinical XML file layout
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AHA To Host Webinar Highlighting CEO Cyber Risk Profiles

Staff Contact: Ted Suess

The American Hospital Association will host a webinar at noon Wednesday, Nov. 14, to share the top 12 considerations to help CEOs and their staff identify the practical steps necessary for defending systems and networks against the most dangerous threats.

Speaker John Riggi, Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk, will discuss today’s cyber threat landscape, emerging threats and hidden risks, as well as leadership considerations from understanding your strategic risk to culture, strategy and enterprise risk mitigation. Additional information and online registration is available.

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Consider This ...

Tomorrow is the general election. According to a 2016 study, the voter turnout rate for people with disabilities is 6 percent lower than the general population. In Missouri, the disability gap is even worse, at 10 percent lower voting rates. That difference translated to an estimated 2.2 million fewer eligible votes cast in the 2016 general election nationwide.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch