MHA Today | August 30, 2019

August 30, 2019
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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August 30, 2019

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In This Issue
CMS Releases Redesigned Medicare Plan Finder
DHSS Files Emergency STEMI Rule
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
ICD-10 Codes Expand To Include Deep Tissue Injury
CMS Announces IQR Education Session
Surgeon General Issues Advisory On Marijuana Use
VA Medical Centers Name New Directors


Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Redesigned Medicare Plan Finder

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the launch of a redesigned Medicare Plan Finder. The mobile friendly tool helps users to shop and compare Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. The redesign makes it easier for beneficiaries to compare pricing and coverage options among up to three drug or MA plans, and build a personal drug list to find the coverage that best meets their needs. CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated, “the redesigned Medicare Plan Finder is another example of how CMS is empowering beneficiaries with price and quality information to take advantage of lower rates and new benefits in Medicare Advantage and Part D.”

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DHSS Files Emergency STEMI Rule

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services filed emergency and proposed amendments to STEMI rule 19 CSR 30-40.750 on Aug. 29. The emergency rule will take effect Sept. 12. These amendments add options for hospitals certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Heart Attack Center to become designated as a Level II STEMI Center, and hospitals certified as an Acute Heart Attack Ready Center to become designated as a Level III STEMI Center without DHSS review. The application for STEMI-certified hospital designation also has been updated to reflect the changes. Hospitals have the ability to comment on the proposed rule for 30 days after it is published in the Missouri Register. MHA will notify hospitals of the publication date when available.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • beneficiary notices initiative mailbox portal
  • promoting interoperability
    • 2019 PDMP bonus measure
    • 2020 eligible hospital eCQM flows
  • overall hospital star ratings listening session – Sept. 19

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Quality and Population Health


ICD-10 Codes Expand To Include Deep Tissue Injury

Staff Contact: Jessica Stultz

Effective Sept. 1, ICD-10 diagnosis codes will now include deep tissue pressure injury. Despite progress in pressure injury knowledge, DTPIs continue to challenge clinicians due to the time lapse between the pressure event and the onset. This is especially important when the precipitating event occurs before the patient’s admission. The DTPI does not appear until beyond the 24-hour window for present-on-admission status, at which point the admitting facility becomes financially responsible for care. DTPI characteristics and patient variables were analyzed in a single-site, descriptive study that provides insight into the etiology and risk factors that impact the development and progression.

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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 is scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. Registration is required for the webinar, “FY 2020 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule Overview for Hospital Quality Programs.”

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Noteworthy


Surgeon General Issues Advisory On Marijuana Use

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond or Shawn Billings

Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory on the health risks of marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women. The advisory warns that both the availability and potency of marijuana are increasing, and that the risk of dependence rises with higher concentrations of THC. The document cites marijuana as the most commonly used illicit substance by pregnant women, with the potential to harm a developing fetus. It also states that use can adversely affect brain function and cognitive abilities in young people, whose brains still are developing. The surgeon general urges clinicians to warn such patients about the potential risks of using marijuana.

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CEO Announcements


VA Medical Centers Name New Directors

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Kathleen Fogarty, director of the Kansas City VA Medical Center since January 2016, is retiring effective Sept. 1. David Isaacks, director of Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia since July 2016, will succeed Fogarty as director of the Kansas City VA Medical Center, effective Sept. 1.

Patricia Hall, director of John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff since January 2016, will succeed Isaacks as director of Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, effective Sept. 1. Desmond McMullan, deputy medical center director at VA St. Louis Health Care System, will serve as interim medical center director at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center until Dec. 29, 2019. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?


August 26, 2019
MHA Today was not published.

August 28, 2019
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



Consider This ...

Tomorrow is International Overdose Awareness Day. Of the 61,311 preventable drug overdoses in the country in 2017, more than 43,000 involved opioids.

Source: National Safety Council