MHA Today | December 20, 2018

December 20, 2018
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December 20, 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
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HHS Releases Naloxone Prescribing Guidance
CMS Releases Abstraction Resources
TJC Announces eCQM Expert to Expert Webinar
Funding Opportunity Available For Nurse Practitioners

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • Open payments: preview program year 2017 data through Dec. 31
  • Long-Term Care Hospital Compare refresh
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Compare refresh
  • Opioids training modules
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Quality and Population Health


HHS Releases Naloxone Prescribing Guidance

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Sarah Willson

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released guidance for clinicians and patients on the importance of prescribing naloxone for individuals at risk for opioid overdose. Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, may be prescribed with other medications being used to treat opioid addiction. When used during an opioid overdose, naloxone is very effective in helping to save someone’s life. Family, friends and individuals at risk for overdose are encouraged to talk to their provider and carry the medication. For additional questions about prescribing and using naloxone, contact Shawn Billings, MHA director of substance use programming, at sbillings@mhanet.com.

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CMS Releases Abstraction Resources

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

Available on QualityNet are topic-specific documents pertaining to universal (alphabetical) abstraction and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Abstraction and Reporting Tool effective for discharges Jan. 1 through June 30, 2019. Separate documents are provided for the following.

  • Universal (Alphabetical) Abstraction Paper Tools, where the data elements are arranged in alphabetical order, rather than tool-specific order
  • CART Abstraction Paper Tools, where the data elements are arranged in CART order
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TJC Announces eCQM Expert to Expert Webinar

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission, in cooperation with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ subcontractors, is offering a series of webinars to provide concepts about Clinical Quality Language expression language. The next webinar in this series is scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Topics of discussion include a review of CQL expression language for the STK-5 and AMI-8a electronic clinical quality measures. Additional information, including a registration link, is available.

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Workforce News


Funding Opportunity Available For Nurse Practitioners

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for a 2019 Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency funding opportunity. The application cycle closes on Monday, March 4, 2019.

The purpose of this new program is to prepare and increase the number of nurse practitioners in primary care practice in community-based settings through clinical and academic-focused 12-month nurse practitioner residency programs. Preference will be given to projects that benefit rural or underserved populations.

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Consider This ...

The U.S. spends $117 billion each year in health care costs associated with levels of physical activity that are too low. Not getting enough physical activity can increase your risk of developing a chronic disease, which comes with higher health care costs.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention