MHA Today | December 5, 2018

December 5, 2018
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December 5, 2018

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

In This Issue
Federal Agencies Issue Report On Health Care Competition And Choice
CMS Releases February 2019 Hospital Compare Star Rating HSRs
MHA Offers Webinar On Community Paramedics And Their Role In Value-Based Care
CMS Announces Outreach And Education Webinars

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Federal Agencies Issue Report On Health Care Competition And Choice

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

As required by an executive order, the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services issued a joint report and recommendations on policies to promote competition and choice in health care. It supports changes to allow practitioners to practice “to the top of their license” without rigid supervision agreements, participate in interstate licensure compacts, facilitate telemedicine, ease restrictions on foreign-trained physicians, consolidate graduate medical education payment streams, repeal or reduce Certificate of Need laws, loosen network adequacy standards, reduce self-referral restrictions on physician-owned hospitals, promote transparency of price and quality, and scrutinize the effect of mergers and acquisitions on market competition.

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CMS Releases February 2019 Hospital Compare Star Rating HSRs

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began releasing the February 2019 Hospital Compare Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating Hospital-Specific Reports. Hospitals will receive a notification via QualityNet when their HSR is available for download from the QualityNet Secure Portal. Hospitals have 30 days to review reports before public reporting. CMS updated the Star Ratings methodology to address stakeholder concerns following the July 2018 preview period. Details about the methodology changes are available.

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MHA Offers Webinar On Community Paramedics And Their Role In Value-Based Care

Staff Contact: Peter Rao

Community paramedics are beginning to play a vital role in managing populations. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and managed care payers are taking steps to engage these professionals in effective care transitions. Webinar participants will gain a better understanding of community paramedics, learn about community paramedic programs in Missouri and measure the future impact in driving care transitions. The free one-hour webinar will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, and registration is required.

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CMS Announces Outreach And Education Webinars

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services scheduled a repeat of an earlier presentation that provides information regarding the new Hospital Quality Reporting Next Generation User Interface. The webinar is intended for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting, Prospective Payment System-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting and Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting programs. The webinar is offered at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, and registration is required.

A webinar for hospitals participating in the IQR program also is offered at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. The presentation will provide an overview of the Hospital Compare website, showing the steps to find and compare hospitals using the website’s feature. Registration is required.

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Consider This ...

Since 2016, suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for people between ages 10 and 34. In 2017, while the national rate was 14 suicides per 100,000 residents, Missouri’s was 18.49.

Source: Columbia Missourian