MHA Today | June 3, 2019

June 3, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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June 3, 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 Submits Comments On Interoperability Proposed Rules
SCOTUS Issues Ruling About Medicare Disproportionate Share Rate
MHA Offers Resources During Community Health Improvement Week

What You Need To Know This Week

  • On Wednesday, the third report on MHA’s economic development series will be released. The report focuses on present and future opportunities in the health care workforce.
  • On Wednesday, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will hold a virtual town hall at noon to help formulate best practices for rural health care providers in response to the mental health crisis impacting farm families. Register to attend online.
  • Tomorrow, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will consider a full repeal of the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts.

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state and federal health policy developments


MHA Submits Comments On Interoperability Proposed Rules

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler or Sarah Willson

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology proposed rules about how to incorporate various components of CMS’ Promoting Interoperability initiative. MHA submitted comments to both CMS and the ONC.

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SCOTUS Issues Ruling About Medicare Disproportionate Share Rate

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cannot alter the Medicare disproportionate share rate without giving hospitals an opportunity for comment. In 2004, a Medicare final rule was issued that included Medicare Part C enrollees in the Medicare fraction of the Medicare disproportionate patient percentage. Due to hospital legal challenges, the rule was vacated. Then in 2013, a new final rule declared that the DPP would once again include Medicare Part C patients. In 2014, the agency posted the Medicare fractions for fiscal year 2012, which included Part C days. Hospitals were unable to comment about including Part C days within the 2012 fiscal year data. Due to this, a group of hospitals sued, and the court ruled in their favor.

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Quality and Population Health


MHA Offers Resources During Community Health Improvement Week

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga
Community Health Improvement Week
This week is Community Health Improvement Week, a week to recognize the important role hospitals, health systems and communities have in advancing health and well-being. This year’s theme is “One Voice to Activate Partnerships.” Throughout the week, MHA will spotlight Community Health Needs Assessment resources, as well as member hospitals who have successfully implemented CHNAs to improve community health.

Published on MHA’s website is a CHNA guidance document for the operational implementation of CHNAs and subsequent community-based health improvement plans. The document incorporates the most current regulatory requirements by the Internal Revenue Service while providing tools necessary to complete the assessment.

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Consider This ...

The average distance traveled by rural hospital patients who did not survive illness or injury either on the way to a care facility or at the facility was 32.1 miles, compared to 9.1 miles for nonrural hospital fatalities.

Source: KBIA