MHA Today | January 7, 2019

January 7, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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January 7 , 2019

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


In This Issue
CMS Announces New Resources For eCQM Development
CMS Announces January 2019 HQR System Release
Health Care Jobs Increase By 50,000 In December

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The 2019 legislative session will begin Wednesday — MHA’s legislative guide provides an overview of some of the issues MHA will be working on this session.
  • Watch for the next issue in MHA’s Reimagine Rural Health campaign on Thursday — this week’s topic focuses on the primary care workforce.

Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces New Resources For eCQM Development

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Strategy Project is an ongoing effort of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to promote efficiency through health information technology while decreasing burden to providers. CMS expanded the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement Resource Center to include a Collaborative Measure Development Workspace. The CMD Workspace brings together a set of interconnected resources, tools and processes to promote clarity, transparency and better interaction across stakeholder communities that develop, implement and report eCQMs. Additional details are available.

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CMS Announces January 2019 HQR System Release

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Hospital Quality Reporting system release for January 2019 is complete and available on QualityNet. This release consists of all applications, processes and reports necessary to support removal of the ED-1, IMM-2 and VTE-6 measures in support of the Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures (Specifications Manual), Version 5.5a, in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program.

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Workforce News


Health Care Jobs Increase By 50,000 In December

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released employment data for December and all of 2018. BLS found employment in health care nationwide rose by 50,000 in December, with more than 38,000 jobs added in ambulatory health care services and more than 7,000 in hospitals. During 2018, the health care sector added 346,000 jobs, besting the 2017 total of 284,000. Health care was the leading sector in job creation, followed by food services, construction, manufacturing and retail. Missouri hospitals employ approximately 150,000 workers and often are the largest employer in the communities they serve.

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Consider This ...

According to the National Institutes of Health, African American men have a 15 percent chance of getting prostate cancer compared with 10 percent of white men. Their chances of dying also are higher — 4 percent among black men compared with 2 percent among white men.

Source: The Washington Post