MHA Today | December 18, 2018

December 18, 2018


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December 18, 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
MHA Releases 2019 Legislative Guide
CMS And TJC Release IQR Specifications Manual Version 5.6

Case Management Boot Camp
a three-part webinar series

Part I: A Primer on Case Management and Acute Care Reimbursement
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Tuesday, Jan. 29
Register on or before Monday, Jan. 21.

Part II: Acute Care Case Management — Roles, Functions, Models and Outcomes
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Feb. 5
Register on or before Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Part III: Fundamentals in Utilization Management and Discharge Planning
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Feb. 12
Register on or before Tuesday, Feb. 5.

state and federal health policy developments

MHA Releases 2019 Legislative Guide

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

MHA published its "Pathway to Progress: 2019 Missouri Legislative Guide.” This legislative guide reviews general issues expected to be debated in the 2019 session of the Missouri General Assembly and provides MHA’s advocacy positions in these debates.
2019 Legislative Guide
The Missouri Constitution directs that the 2019 legislative session will begin Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, with legislative action ending Friday, May 17, 2019. During that time, the intensity of debate and political rhetoric will wax and wane. One thing will remain constant ― there will be a lot at stake as legislators create a state budget and choose whether and how to revise the state’s laws. MHA will need its member hospitals to be aware of and engaged in these debates. This publication sets a foundation of information for the journey.

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Quality and Population Health

CMS And TJC Release IQR Specifications Manual Version 5.6

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission released version 5.6 of the Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures for implementation with acute inpatient discharges dated July 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. Updates have been made based on ongoing alignment discussions between CMS and TJC. Changes were made to the following.

  • VTE and IMM data elements — removed data elements not collected by TJC
  • Data dictionary
  • Appendix C — added additional medications to Table 5.2 Vasopressors for Septic Shock
  • Appendix H — removed Table 2.6 Qualifiers and Modifiers Table

The manual is available on QualityNet.

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Consider This ...

A new study found a nearly fourfold increase in confirmed reports of child abuse on the Saturdays immediately after the distribution of report cards.

Source: The New York Times