MHA Today | November 7, 2018

November 7, 2018
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November 7, 2018

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

NOTE: MHA Today will not be published on Thursday, Nov. 8, or Friday, Nov. 9, during the 96th Annual Convention & Trade Show. Publication will resume on Monday, Nov. 12.

In This Issue
ASPE Issues RFI On Social Determinants Of Health
Use Of CPT Codes And The Medicare Price Transparency Requirement
MHA Issue Briefs Available
September MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®
HRSA Accepting Physician Assistant Program Applications

 

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ASPE Issues RFI On Social Determinants Of Health

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a Request For Information on provider approaches to identifying and treating Social Determinants of Health. The RFI is related to ASPE’s work on the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, and is accessible online. Responses will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 16, by email at ASPEImpactStudy@hhs.gov.

In September, MHA released a policy brief, Decoding Social Determinants of Health, which explores new coding options to help providers identify patients with social risk factors.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Use Of CPT Codes And The Medicare Price Transparency Requirement

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services previously released the final federal fiscal year 2019 inpatient prospective payment system rule, which contained updated price transparency regulations that hospitals must meet by Jan. 1, 2019. One question raised by MHA and several other organizations was directed to the American Medical Association about the use of copyright-protected CPT codes.

In response, AMA states, “Organizations that have a valid and current CPT license for their chargemaster (which typically is a component of a revenue cycle management system) are permitted to post their chargemaster for the limited purpose of complying with the 2019 IPSS/LTCH final rule, effective Jan. 1, 2019 (i.e., solely to the extent necessary to make available a list of their current standard charges via the internet in a machine readable format and to update this information at least annually, or more as appropriate). Organizations that do not have a current license for their revenue cycle management system, which uses CPT content, please contact the AMA.”

With this response, MHA continues to encourage each hospital to assess whether publishing CPT coding information is allowable and advisable.

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MHA Issue Briefs Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA released the following Issue Briefs throughout the last two weeks.

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HIDI Tech Connect


September MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®

Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert

Data for the September 2018 monthly utilization report have been posted on HIDI Analytic Advantage® and are available to download for distribution or placement in a network folder. HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS has been updated to include this data. The contacts from the participating hospitals have been notified by email, and they may download and save the Excel worksheet to a secure location on their networks or PCs. The data are encrypted on the site and also during the transmission from HIDI. Once the data have been transferred, it must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures. October 2018 data are being collected now and are scheduled to be available Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Workforce News


HRSA Accepting Physician Assistant Program Applications

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2019 Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Physician Assistant Program. The PCTE-PA Program increases the number of primary care physician assistants serving underserved and rural populations, including increasing capacity for addressing the opioid crisis in rural areas through PA training in opioid and other substance use disorders. This includes clinical experiences treating opioid and other substance use disorders, medication-assisted treatment and improvement to training sites.

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Consider This ...

During the 2017-2018 flu season, vaccination coverage among health care providers in long-term care facilities remained low at 67.4 percent. By comparison, vaccination coverage of health care providers in hospital settings was nearly 92 percent.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention