MHA Today | August 19, 2019

August 19, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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August 19, 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
CMS To Update Hospital Star Ratings In 2020
CDC Releases 2018 Update On Antibiotic Use In The U.S.
CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is hosting its annual rural health conference this week at the Lake of the Ozarks. MHA will present data illustrating the quality improvement progress of Missouri’s rural hospitals. Watch for the full report to be released later this week.
  • Thursday will be the second meeting of the Missouri Health Insurance Innovation Task Force, which is tasked to identify and develop concepts that “will result in significant innovation in the Missouri health insurance market.”


Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS To Update Hospital Star Ratings In 2020

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced plans to update the overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings, which are located on the Hospital Compare website, in early 2020. The quality measurement methodology then will be updated in 2021.

After requesting input in February 2019 regarding a potential update to methodology, CMS now has posted an executive summary and more than 800 public comments. A public listening session will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, to receive additional input on potential changes.

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Quality and Population Health


CDC Releases 2018 Update On Antibiotic Use In The U.S.

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released “Antibiotic Use in the United States: Progress and Opportunities, 2018 Update,” which is an update to the 2017 antibiotic stewardship report. Improving antibiotic use is important to effectively treat infections, protect patients from harms caused by unnecessary antibiotic use and combat antibiotic resistance one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health. Progress has been made in improving antibiotic prescribing and use, but many opportunities remain.

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CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. Registration is required for the webinar, “IPFQR Program: FY 2020 IPF PPS Final Rule and APU Determination.”
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Consider This ...

The U.S. spends $117 billion each year in health care costs associated with levels of physical activity that are too low.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention