MHA Today | August 21, 2019

August 21, 2019

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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August 21, 2019

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In This Issue
OIG Faults Collection Of Medicaid Data On Opioid Prescribing
CBO Releases Federal Deficit Projection
MHA Distributes Wage And Occupational Mix Data For Review
CMS Issues Clarification On CAH Provider Locations
PFAC Releases Part Three In Vlog Series
HRSA Announces Funding Opportunity


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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


OIG Faults Collection Of Medicaid Data On Opioid Prescribing

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Office of Inspector General in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report on the compilation of opioid prescribing data by state Medicaid programs. Missouri is submitting most data as required, with the notable exception that 84 percent of prescriber and pharmacy National Provider Identifiers were missing from the OIG’s sample. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services concurs with OIG’s recommendations and will take steps to improve the collection of NPI data.

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CBO Releases Federal Deficit Projection

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Congressional Budget Office released its latest projection of the federal deficit through 2029. It estimates that the federal government will accumulate a deficit of $12.2 trillion between 2020 and 2029. This is an increase of $809 billion over the last projection. The increase mostly is due to the recent bipartisan deal to increase spending caps.

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MHA Distributes Wage And Occupational Mix Data For Review

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released public use files that will be used to develop the federal fiscal year 2021 Medicare wage index. Hospitals can review their hospital-specific data and request any revisions until Tuesday, Sept. 3. This is the only opportunity hospitals have to request data revisions. Subsequent opportunities for correction only can address Medicare administrative contractor mishandling of the data. Requests and supporting documentation for revisions should be directed to the Medicare administrative contractor. MHA posted these files to HIDI Analytic Advantage® for review.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Issues Clarification On CAH Provider Locations

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson or Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a clarification guidance for critical access hospitals adding a provider-based location. The guidance reinforces the CAH’s need to ensure the inclusion of verifying the CAH’s continued compliance with the distance requirements at 42 CFR 485.610(e)(2) when requesting a new location. Please note, CAHs undergoing the CMS recertification process also may be surveyed to ensure they have continued compliance with the distance requirements as a part of recertification.

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Quality and Population Health


PFAC Releases Part Three In Vlog Series

Staff Contact: Toi Wilde or Alison Williams

MHA Affordability Fact Sheet The MHA Patient Family Advisory Council released the third in its five-part vlog series, Patient Family Engagement: Telling Our Stories. Laurie Hines, director at Missouri Kidney Program at University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, discusses how words matter, and the perspectives of patients and caregivers can differ vastly. For example, the clinical and patient perspective around the term “harm” is so different – it’s not just clinical harm for patients, but how they are treated while being cared for. And, small changes can have a dramatic impact. Patients and caregivers are an overlooked and underutilized resource – take the opportunity to engage your patients and caregivers as your partners, and to teach and learn from them.

The vlog series will continue to highlight the importance of patient and family engagement through shared learning, promotion of best practices, and sharing patient experience and family engagement stories while supporting a culture of patient-centered care.

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HRSA Announces Funding Opportunity

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga or Dana Dahl

The Health Resources and Services Administration announced a new funding opportunity under the Rural Health Network Development program. This program will support as many as 46 applicant organizations, which either are public or nonprofit private rural entities who represent a network of three or more separate, existing health care entities. The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 25.

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Consider This ...

Among adults with diagnosed diabetes, women (14.9 percent) are more likely than men (11.6 percent) to not take their medication as prescribed.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention