MHA Today | June 6, 2019

June 6, 2019
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June 6, 2019

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In This Issue
CMS Issues RFI On Patients Over Paperwork Initiative
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Spotlight Hospitals Integrate CHNAs And Implementation Plans To Improve Community Health
CMS Releases IPFQR Program Manual Version 5.0
CMS Announces IQR Education Session

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Issues RFI On Patients Over Paperwork Initiative

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a request for information about how to further reduce administrative and regulatory burden as part of the Patients over Paperwork initiative. The RFI asks various stakeholders how to change policies that will allow clinicians to shift more of their time away from “needless paperwork to high-quality care that improves patient health.” CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated, “Patients over Paperwork remains a top priority and a driving force in lowering health care costs.” Comments are due by 4 p.m. 60 days after the date of publication within the Federal Register.

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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.

  • Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Reports (PEPPERs) for short-term acute care hospitals
  • Medicare Shared Savings Program: Submit notice of intent to apply beginning Tuesday, June 11
  • ICD-10-PCS procedure codes: FY 2020
  • Average sales price files: July 2019
  • Promoting Interoperability Program
    • Submit comments on proposed changes by Monday, June 24
    • Submit measure proposal by Friday, June 28
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Quality and Population Health


Spotlight Hospitals Integrate CHNAs And Implementation Plans To Improve Community Health

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

Freeman Health System “Since 2012, health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and mental health consistently have emerged as priorities through the community health needs assessment process. Frequently, individuals have two or more of these conditions. Freeman Health System recognizes that individuals with complex medical and social conditions need additional support for optimal self-care. Freeman developed the Coordinated Care Partnership, which engages local organizations with a shared focus on person-centered care across the community health ecosystem. These organizations represent key social determinants of health such as safety, housing, transportation, faith, food and justice, as well as dental, behavioral and medical providers. A community health navigator and licensed clinical social worker help individuals establish body, mind and spirit goals, and develop care plans to reach them. By meeting people where they are and focusing on priorities of highest importance to them and their families, trust is built, and control is transferred to individuals. At the same time, organizations are intentionally coordinating health and social services, and building relationships with one another at a deeper and more meaningful level.”

— Lisa Nelson
Grants Supervisor
Freeman Health System


Scotland County Hospital

“Scotland County Hospital's mission is to improve the health of our communities with services close to home. The community health needs assessment provides valuable data to help drive alignment between identified health challenges and initiated improvement efforts so that the SCH team stretches to meet this important mission.

Community engagement efforts have been focused on activities that reduce the risks associated with heart disease and obesity, and efforts to increase the awareness of prevention and early detection of breast, skin and prostate cancer. Some of the focused community initiatives include ‘Walk with a Doc,’ community walks with healthy snacks served following the walks; Heart Health community lunch and learns with entertainment provided; SCH Family-Centered Fun Run 5k and 1.5 mile run/walk; free and reduced rate sports physicals for students in three school districts; free breast cancer, skin cancer and prostate screenings; free lectures provided by physicians and staff for area service clubs and organizations; and the weekly broadcast of the Healthy U Radio Show. The Healthy U Radio Show is a live radio program that is produced solely by SCH and airs every Tuesday at 10:06 a.m. from the local radio station in Memphis, Mo., KMEM 100.5 FM. The program is a nearly one hour health topic radio show that covers all aspects of modern health: prevention, treatment, research and more. Each week, show host, Randy Tobler, M.D., CEO of SCH, and his guests break down the issues so listeners can become and remain their healthiest and be a better-informed patient.

SCH will continue utilizing and embracing the CHNA process and results to better understand the current needs of the community and provide meaningful community efforts to improve the health of our communities with services close to home.”

— Terri Schmitt, MHA, CPHQ
Dir. of Quality Improvement & Safety
Scotland County Hospital

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CMS Releases IPFQR Program Manual Version 5.0

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

Now available on the Quality Reporting Center is version 5.0 of the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program Manual and associated release notes. The IPFQR Program Manual provides a comprehensive overview of the IPFQR Program and measure specifications. The manual gives step-by-step instructions to register on the QualityNet Secure Portal, submit data using the web-based measures application and understand IPFQR Program preview report processes. The release notes version 5.0 describe changes to the manual compared to the previous version. The effective date for the IPFQR Program Manual version 5.0 is Jan. 1, 2020.

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CMS Announces IQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. Registration is required for the webinar, “Hospital IQR Program CY 2018 (FY 2021 Payment Determination) eCQM Validation Overview for Selected Hospitals.”

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Consider This ...

The U.S. has recorded 1,001 measles cases so far this year in the worst outbreak of the highly contagious disease in more than a quarter-century

Source: Reuters/The New York Times