MHA Today | July 3, 2019

July 3, 2019

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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July 3, 2019

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In This Issue
Happy Fourth Of July From MHA
CMS Expands Coverage Of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
CMS Releases EMTALA FAQ For Psychiatric Hospitals
CMS Announces OQR Hospital Quality Reporting July 2019 System Release
CMS Announces IQR Education Session


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Editor's Note


Happy Fourth Of July From MHA

In recognition of Independence Day, the MHA office will be closed Thursday, July 4, and MHA Today will not be published on Friday, July 5. Publication will resume on Monday, July 8.

A special thanks goes out to all of the dedicated health care workers who will be working over the holiday. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Expands Coverage Of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized additional coverage for patients to receive ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Previously, ABPM was covered under Medicare only for patients who are suspected to suffer from “white coat hypertension.” CMS now has expanded this service to be covered for cases of suspected “masked hypertension.” The expanded coverage also lowers the blood pressure threshold from 140/90 to 130/80. CMS Administrator Seema Verma commented, “CMS is dedicated to improving cardiovascular health in the Medicare population. Today’s decision reflects CMS’ commitment to continually updating our policies to ensure that more Medicare beneficiaries have access to the latest technology and appropriate evidence-based health care.”

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CMS Releases EMTALA FAQ For Psychiatric Hospitals

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

A new guidance document for psychiatric hospitals concerning their EMTALA obligations has been released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The compilation of FAQs is available clarifying psychiatric hospital obligations by virtue of having intake and assessment areas, as well as being a receiving specialty hospital.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces OQR Hospital Quality Reporting July 2019 System Release

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Hospital Quality Reporting July 2019 system release was announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The release consists of all applications, processes and reports necessary to support the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program specifications manual version 12.0a and the removal of OP-5: Median Time to ECG, effective with second quarter 2019 encounters.

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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. Tuesday, July 16. Registration is required for the webinar, “SEP Early Management bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock: v5.6 Measure Updates and FAQs.”

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Consider This ...

Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the U.S. Seek shade, especially during midday hours, which is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in July. Umbrellas, trees or other shelters can provide relief from the sun.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention