June 17, 2019
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In This Issue
CMS Issues First Order Under NQIIC
CDC Releases Information On First Cases of Ebola Virus Disease In Uganda
MACPAC Report To Congress Recommends Removing Third-Party Payments From DSH Calculation
Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Leslie Porth
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that MHA was one of 59 organizations selected as a prime vendor in the Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors program. On Friday, CMS issued the first task order under the program. MHA is beginning to work with members and stakeholders to develop a proposal under the order.
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Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz
The CDC released a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity Now alerting health care facilities to a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease diagnosed in Uganda on June 11. This is the first case diagnosed outside of the current outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which began in August 2018. The COCA Now provides additional information on Ebola and the current outbreak in DRC, as well as information about travelers’ health.
Additionally, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center to support response to the outbreak in DRC. They will host a webinar at noon on Wednesday, June 19, to provide information on the current situation and guidance on how organizations sending U.S.-based workers can ensure the health and safety of their workers.
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state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon, Kim Duggan or Brian Kinkade
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission’s annual report to Congress includes a recommendation that Congress change the statutory definition of Medicaid shortfall to exclude costs and payments for all Medicaid-eligible patients for whom Medicaid is not the primary payer. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sought to implement the same change through subregulatory guidance in 2010, but recently rescinded its directive after suffering repeated losses attempting to defend the action in federal court from lawsuits filed by MHA, and other Medicaid and hospital interests. The report also includes findings and recommendations on Medicaid drug coverage policy, therapeutic foster homes, Medicaid program integrity and Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program.
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In 2017, 79 percent of motorcycle crashes in Missouri resulted in injury or death. And, 98 percent of the deaths were the riders themselves.
Source: Columbia Missourian