MHA Today | May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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May 21, 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
MHA Publishes 2019 State Legislative Session Summary
MHA Distributes Final Wage Index, Occupational Mix Data For Review
EPICC Expands To Address Opioid Use
Patient And Family Engagement Resources Available


UPCOMING SEMINARS
Orientation for New Quality Improvement Directors

Wednesday, July 31, and Thursday, Aug. 1
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City, Mo.
Register on or before Tuesday, July 16.

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


MHA Publishes 2019 State Legislative Session Summary

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

EPICC Recovery Coach Video MHA published its summary of the 2019 state legislative session. It describes the outcomes of various legislative proposals affecting hospitals and health care. MHA deeply appreciates all of the support its membership provided to advance our advocacy efforts.

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MHA Distributes Final Wage Index, Occupational Mix Data For Review

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA released an analysis of the hospital wage index and occupational mix data that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will use to develop the federal fiscal year 2020 Medicare hospital wage index. Hospitals can review their hospital specific data and submit correction requests until Thursday, May 30. Requests and supporting documentation for correction requests should be directed to both CMS and the Medicare Administrative Contractor. Corrections are limited to errors due to CMS or MAC mishandling of the “final” wage data posted in the April 30 public use file. MHA posted the files to HIDI Analytic Advantage® for review.

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Quality and Population Health


EPICC Expands To Address Opioid Use

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

The expansion of Engaging Patients in Care Coordination, or EPICC, being coordinated by MHA, is underway with referrals officially being accepted in Columbia, Mo., and in the Kansas City area. The model strives to meet and engage with patients at the time of either overdose or withdrawal. Program staff provide face-to-face support and encouragement to the patient, and for months after an initial outreach, they continue to advocate for patients as they face the challenges of recovery from opioid misuse. The expansion of the EPICC program allows hospital staff to provide the patient with a warm hand-off for care coordination and navigation. EPICC implements evidence-based practices of medication-based treatment, recovery coaching and referral to substance use disorder treatment. Harm reduction, including overdose prevention and naloxone distribution, also is emphasized.
EPICC Recovery Coach Video
Take a personal look inside the life and work of one recovery coach, and hear first-hand the efforts occurring through the MHA expansion. If you or your facility are interested in hearing more about the EPICC efforts and further addressing this public health crisis, please contact MHA project staff.

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Patient And Family Engagement Resources Available

Staff Contact: Alison Williams or Toi Wilde

The MHA Patient Family Advisory Council released a toolkit and getting started checklist to assist facilities in formalizing a patient family advisory council. Delivering patient- and family-centered care leads to better health outcomes, improved patient and family experience of care, better clinician and staff satisfaction, and wiser allocation of resources. The toolkit and checklist are intended to be tailored to fit your organization. For more resources and information on the MHA Patient Family Advisory Council, visit our website.

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Consider This ...

A poll conducted by NPR found that 40 percent of rural Americans struggle with routine medical bills, food and housing. And about half say they could not afford to pay an unexpected $1,000 expense of any type.

Source: NPR