MHA Today | July 29, 2019

July 29, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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July 29, 2019

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In This Issue
CMS Releases Medicare CY 2020 Proposed Rules For OPPS, ESRD And PFS
Health Care Costs Reach More Than $28,000 For Family Of Four
HIDI Posts Hospital Profile Report Online
Research Medical Center Names New CEO

What You Need To Know This Week

  • This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will publish the final Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule, which will include adjustments to the Area Wage Index.


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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Medicare CY 2020 Proposed Rules For OPPS, ESRD And PFS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released calendar year 2020 proposed payment and policy updates for the Medicare hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System, end stage renal disease and durable medical equipment, and the physician fee schedule. Comments on the rules must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. MHA soon will publish issue briefs and additional details.

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Noteworthy


Health Care Costs Reach More Than $28,000 For Family Of Four

Staff Contact: Mary Becker

According to the Milliman Medical Index research report, the cost of health care in 2019 for a hypothetical American family of four covered by an average employer-sponsored preferred provider organization plan is $28,386, an increase of 3.8 percent from 2018. And, costs for the average American adult reached $6,348. The MMI shows that health care costs are increasing at a slower rate than in the early 2000s when expenses were growing by 10 percent each year. Key findings also recognize the rate of growth for prescription drug costs is relatively modest, and that employer costs increased more than employee costs, but this trend has ebbed and flowed throughout the 19 years of this report.

The MMI features an interactive tool that allows readers to select demographics for family members to better understand their unique health care costs.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Posts Hospital Profile Report Online

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The Hospital Profile Report is derived from several data sources and includes a comprehensive set of key hospital metrics in an Excel-based tabular display. Data from 120 Missouri hospitals, including acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, children’s hospitals and cancer hospitals, appear side-by-side on the report. This report is available to subscribers of the HIDI Premier Reporting Package and is located on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the following location.

  • Folder: “Strategic Planning/Premier Reports”
  • File name: “MO0000_2019 Hospital Profiles (2019.07.29).xlsm”

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the HIDI Premier Report Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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CEO Announcements


Research Medical Center Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

HCA Midwest Health in Overland Park, Kan., has named Ashley McClellan as CEO, effective July 8. McClellan replaces Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum who served six years as CEO before accepting the CEO position at HCA’s Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, Calif. McClellan began her career with HCA in 2006 as an associate chief operating officer in HCA’s COO Development Program, and since 2015 served as CEO of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Nearly nine out of 10 people who smoke cigarettes first try them by age 18, and 98 percent by age 26. In 2018, more than one in four high school students and about one in 14 middle school students had used a tobacco product in the past 30 days.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention