MHA Today | January 4, 2019

January 4, 2019
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January 4, 2019

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Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO One of the most iconic rural traditions is the barn raising. Today’s cynics may call such things anachronistic. However, there’s a strong parallel to be drawn between yesterday’s barn raising and today’s need for strong, collaborative and community-centered efforts to maintain the vitality of rural Missouri.

Hospitals underpin individual health and communitywide economic health in small towns throughout Missouri. However, in many of these communities, hospitals and the supporting health care infrastructure are threatened by the same economic and demographic challenges that other institutions and organizations experience.

In early December, Gov. Mike Parson held a rural health summit in Bolivar to identify strategies to improve the health and access to health care for rural Missourians. Later the same week, Parson highlighted the need for better access to behavioral health services, discussed options for addressing the state’s opioid crisis, explored opportunities for telehealth expansion and underscored his administration’s efforts to combat Medicaid fraud, among other issues.
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Yesterday, MHA released a set of policies to assist the governor and Missouri lawmakers in creating a framework for improving rural health. We’re calling the agenda “Reimagine Rural Health.”

The 10-point agenda was developed from, and expands on, topics discussed at the summit. And during the weeks ahead, we’ll highlight each issue separately as part of an integrated agenda to improve rural health and health care. This morning, we released the first in the series, focusing on opportunities to improve behavioral health in Missouri.

The governor signaled that his agenda will be focused on workforce development and infrastructure. As law and policymakers begin their work this session, we’ll be sharing how reimagining stronger government, industry and community partnerships can support better health and better care for rural Missourians.

The good news is that these investments will make all of rural Missouri stronger. Technology, better roads and physical infrastructure, innovative thinking about how we leverage state and federal partnerships, and investment in the health of rural Missourians will improve jobs, opportunities and lives in rural Missouri.

The proposals are ambitious but achievable. Moreover, when viewed as a whole, there’s a common thread — the great opportunity available through collective, coordinated effort.

The governor wants to improve rural health and health care. As stakeholders in that goal, we’re starting with 10 examples of policies that offer a framework to not only improve, but reimagine rural health.

Let me know what you’re thinking.

Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

Herb B. Kuhn
MHA President and CEO

In This Issue
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CMS Releases 3Q2018 Submission Checklists
CMS Updates Inpatient And Outpatient Abstraction And Reporting Tools
I-70 Community Hospital Names New CEO

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.

  • Medicare shared savings program
    • Final rule creates Pathways to Success
    • Submit notice of intent to apply by Friday, Jan. 18
  • Quality Payment Program: 2019 resources
  • Medicare enrollment application fee for calendar year 2019
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Quality and Population Health

CMS Releases 3Q2018 Submission Checklists

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

To assist hospitals with meeting third quarter 2018 submission reporting requirements, available on the Quality Reporting Center are checklists for the Inpatient Quality Reporting and Outpatient Quality Reporting programs. Also available is the 3Q2018 healthcare-associated infection checklist.

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CMS Updates Inpatient And Outpatient Abstraction And Reporting Tools

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted updated CMS Abstraction and Reporting Tools for the Inpatient and Outpatient Quality Reporting Programs to QualityNet.

  • Inpatient version 4.22 includes updates related to removal of ED-1, IMM-2 and VTE-6 measures from the IQR program and supports the inpatient specifications manual version 5.5a for discharges Jan. 1 through June 30, 2019.
  • Outpatient version 1.17 supports OQR specifications manual version 12.0a effective for encounters from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019.
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CEO Announcements

I-70 Community Hospital Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Jennifer McCutcheon was named CEO of I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs, Mo., effective Dec. 20, 2018. She previously served as program director at the hospital and director of medical stabilization with EmpowerHMS based in Kansas City, Mo. She replaces Jeff Bloemker who left Dec. 18, 2018. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?

January 2, 2019
New Year Brings New Laws And Regulations
Final Rule CY 2019 Medicare OPPS Analysis Available
MHD Sets Fee Schedules For Certain Outpatient Surgical Procedures
CMS Extends Extraordinary Circumstance In Hospice Staffing
Missouri Continues Flu Query Surveillance, National ILI Activity Increases
Hospitals Gain Relief From 340B Cuts
CenterPointe Hospital Of Columbia Names CEO

January 3, 2019
MHA Provides Input on Upcoming Medical Marijuana Rules
MHA Comments On Medicare Drug Pricing Proposal
MHD Announces Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy Rate Cuts
MHD Extends Behavioral Health Care Reimbursement To Additional Provider Types
MHD Updates Coding Requirements For ABA, Psychological Testing
CMS Finalizes New ACO Rule
CMS Updates IPFQR Program Resources
Phelps County Regional Medical Center Changes Name

Consider This ...

Studies have linked heavy smartphone use with worsening teen mental health. But as teens scroll through platforms, they also leave digital footprints that might offer clues to their psychological well-being. Changes in typing speed, voice tone, word choice and how often kids stay home could signal trouble, according to preliminary studies.

Source: AP