MHA Today | August 28, 2019

August 28, 2019

 



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In This Issue
CMS And OSHA Issue Report On Workplace Violence Standards
MHA Distributes Analysis For Proposed Updates To CY 2020 Medicare Home Health PPS
State Agencies Rename And Reorganize
Judge Blocks Restrictions On Abortion
CMS Publishes 2020 Reporting Period eCQM Flows
Pinnacle Regional Hospital Names New CEO


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CMS And OSHA Issue Report On Workplace Violence Standards

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Jane Drummond

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a report on regulatory standards governing workplace violence in health care settings. Spearheaded by the leadership of U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Congress mandated the report in a 2018 budget law. The law’s intent is to identify and resolve contradictory regulatory expectations of hospitals created by the agencies’ differing perspectives ― CMS focuses on protecting the safety of patients, OSHA, the safety of workers. The three-page report reiterates the agencies’ perspectives.

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MHA Distributes Analysis For Proposed Updates To CY 2020 Medicare Home Health PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA published an analysis that illustrates the financial effect of the calendar year 2020 Medicare proposed Home Health PPS rule. The analysis, which is available online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage,® includes a summary for the nation, Missouri and individual hospitals. The financial implications include effects of the CY 2020 updates to the marketbasket, the productivity adjustment reduction mandated by the Affordable Care Act, changes to the HHRG case-mix budget neutrality, changes to the wage index and impact of the patient-driven groupings model. The effect of the proposed home health rule will increase payments in Missouri by an estimated 1 percent. Although footnoted, the analysis does not include the effect of the 2 percent sequestration. Hospitals have until Monday, Sept. 9, to review their hospital-specific data and submit comments.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


State Agencies Rename And Reorganize

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Effective today, the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration is renamed the Department of Commerce and Insurance. There are several accompanying transfers of state agency divisions between departments. The changes were announced by Gov. Parson earlier this year through executive orders, with a delayed effective date.

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Health Law Insight


Judge Blocks Restrictions On Abortion

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday that prohibits several provisions of House Bill 126 from taking effect. Planned Parenthood challenged the portions of the bill passed during the 2019 legislative session that alternatively banned abortions at 8, 14, 18 and 20 weeks. Planned Parenthood also sought to enjoin the anti-discrimination provision that bars a physician from performing an abortion sought solely due to the child’s race, gender or the presence of Down Syndrome.

The judge ruled that the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992), firmly establishes that viability is the sole test around which a state may impose restrictions on abortion, not weeks of gestational age. The judge denied the plaintiff’s request to enjoin the anti-discrimination provision, finding there was insufficient evidence to establish an unconstitutional burden on women seeking abortions.

The effect of the ruling is to preserve current law, which bans abortions once a fetus is viable per § 188.030, RSMo. The injunction on the provisions banning abortion based on gestational age will remain in effect until ultimate disposition of the case. The anti-discrimination provisions in § 188.038, RSMo. will take effect today, barring any physician from terminating a pregnancy sought solely because of race, gender or Down Syndrome until a further ruling from the court.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Publishes 2020 Reporting Period eCQM Flows

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the 2020 reporting period electronic clinical quality measure flows for eligible and critical access hospitals to the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center. The eCQM flows are designed to assist in the interpretation of the eCQM logic and calculation methodology for reporting rates and intended to be used as an additional resource. The flows provide an overview of each of the population criteria components and associated data elements that lead to the inclusion or exclusion into the eCQM’s quality action (numerator). A “Read Me First” guide to understanding the flows is also provided within the eCQM flows zip file to assist users as they navigate.

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CEO Announcements


Pinnacle Regional Hospital Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Joseph Conigliaro, D.C., was named CEO at Pinnacle Regional Hospital in Boonville, Mo., effective July 31. Dr. Conigliaro also serves as CEO of Pinnacle Healthcare Systems, with oversight of the hospital in Overland Park, Kan., as well as health care clinics throughout the region. He has been in private practice since 2001, having owned and operated three practices during that time including a multispecialty pain clinic. Dr. Conigliaro also has been an active member of the medical staff at Pinnacle Healthcare System since 2006. He succeeds Randy Simmons, who served as CEO since April 2018. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

More than 93 million adults and nearly 14 million children and adolescents in the United States are considered to be obese — a number that has been climbing for decades.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention