MHA Increases Support For Small Rural Hospitals Through SHIP Grant
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost or Stephen Njenga
Through a new grant, MHA now is able to further support Missouri’s small rural hospitals. The Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program grant, awarded by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, focuses on hospitals with 49 available beds or fewer. The SHIP grant allows MHA to support these hospitals by providing the following.
- financial incentives to increase participation in value-based and alternative payment models
- networking opportunities
- quality and financial benchmarks
- educational opportunities
- technical support, including tools and resources
MHA previously has not been involved with this grant but now will align SHIP with other quality and safety programs, such as the CMS Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX) grant. The contract period begins June 1 and runs through May 31, 2020, with the possibility of three additional contract years.
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Trajectories — Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Conversation That Could Save Two Lives
Staff Contact: Shawn Billings
Neonatal abstinence syndrome remains a critical public health issue associated with significant medical, economic and personal burden for Missourians. Mothers using opiates and neonates diagnosed with NAS are more likely to be covered by Medicaid and live in a low-income ZIP code. Opioid use disorder and NAS are identifiable and treatable conditions; yet, are largely hidden from our system of care due to fear, stigma, shame, existing gaps in standardized screening, and access to treatment and recovery resources.
Providing an informed and accessible system of care for mothers should be part of larger health care reform strategies, particularly those focused on addressing social determinants of health, containing costs, improving medical outcomes and enhancing population health. The May 2019 Trajectories helps begin a conversation that could save two lives.
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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.
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- Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly final rule
- Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Patient Driven Payment Model: Get ready for implementation Tuesday, Oct. 1
- Hospice Compare refresh
- Home Health Patient-Driven Groupings Model – additional manual instructions – revised