MHA Today | May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019
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May 22, 2019

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In This Issue
Report Shows Missouri’s Physicians Contribute $12 Billion To Gross State Product
Congressional Committee Leaders Seek Maternal Mortality Information
HIDI Releases Fourth Quarter 2018 VBP Payments Model
CMS Selects Targeted Hospitals For IQR Program Validation

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Report Shows Missouri’s Physicians Contribute $12 Billion To Gross State Product

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

Economic Impact of Missouri Physicians New research finds that the state’s physicians are a significant economic driver of Missouri’s economy, with more than $12.3 billion in Missouri’s Gross State Product linked to their economic contribution — approximately 7.2 percent of total GSP. The research, conducted by David Mitchell, Ph.D., professor of economics at Missouri State University, in Springfield, Mo., and commissioned by the Missouri Hospital Association, is the second in a series defining the economic impact of health care on Missouri’s economy. According to the analysis, the 15,590 physicians practicing in Missouri support nearly 130,000 jobs through their direct, indirect and induced effects on the economy. Physicians pay approximately $6.746 billion in wages. As these wages move through the economy, they support $3.2 billion in additional income for Missourians, totaling $9.9 billion.

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Congressional Committee Leaders Seek Maternal Mortality Information

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Democratic chair and Republican ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means committee sent joint letters to federal officials regarding efforts to reduce maternal mortality. Their letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asks for a review of its programs and initiatives. A letter to the Governmental Accountability Office seeks information about gaps and inconsistencies in maternal mortality data. The committee held a hearing last week on racial disparities and social determinants affecting maternal mortality.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Fourth Quarter 2018 VBP Payments Model

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The Value-Based Purchasing Payments Model is a companion utility to the VBP Analysis that was produced for hospitals on May 8. The VBP Payments Model is an interactive tool that provides hospitals with the ability to manipulate their hospital-specific quality scores to evaluate the associated change to estimated VBP payments. The VBP Payments Model is provided to subscribers of the 2019 Premier Reporting Package. The modeling utility is located on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the “Finance and Policy/Premier Reports” or “Quality/Premier Reports” folders, with the following file name: MOxxxx_VBP FFY2020 Payments Model_2018_Q4_(2019.05.22).xlsx. Hospitals interested in subscribing to the HIDI Premier Report Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Selects Targeted Hospitals For IQR Program Validation

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected the targeted sample of hospitals for validation of chart-abstracted and healthcare-associated infection measures for the fiscal year 2021 annual payment update determination for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. The quarters included in FY 2021 inpatient validation are third quarter 2018, fourth quarter 2018, first quarter 2019 and second quarter 2019. CMS targeted hospitals based on the following.

  • failure to meet validation requirements in FY 2020
  • lower bound confidence interval less than or equal to 75 percent in FY 2020
  • failure to report at least half of the HAI events detected during FY 2020 to the National Healthcare Safety Network
  • rapidly changing data patterns
  • abnormal or conflicting data patterns
  • submission of data to NHSN after the IQR submission deadline
  • not having been validated in the previous three years

An updated list of the selected hospitals is available on QualityNet. Validation resources also are available.

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