MHA Today | September 11, 2019

September 11, 2019


MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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September 11, 2019

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In This Issue
Federal Advocacy Trip Focuses On Rural Health
NGA Hosting Four Legal Preparedness Webinars
TJC Issues Addendum To Specifications Manual

2019 MHA Leadership Forum

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Federal Advocacy Trip Focuses On Rural Health

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Rural Federal Advocacy Trip Leaders from Missouri’s rural hospitals are in Washington, D.C., this week for visits with the state’s congressional delegation. The group heard a presentation from Alan Morgan, chief executive officer of the National Rural Health Association. Key messages being delivered to lawmakers centered on rural health care as critical for rural patients and local economies. Quality rural health care saves lives, provides skilled jobs, attracts businesses and reinvests millions back into rural communities. Rural hospitals in Missouri and the nation are closing, and many more are operating at a loss.

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Quality and Population Health


NGA Hosting Four Legal Preparedness Webinars

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The National Governor’s Association announced a four-part webinar series on Legal Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies. This series is hosted in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and aims to provide a more in depth look into the common legal challenges posed by public health emergencies. Additional details and registration can be found at the respective links.

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TJC Issues Addendum To Specifications Manual

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission issued an addendum to the Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures. Addendum version 2019A1 and associated release notes now are available on the TJC Performance Measurement System Extranet Track. The addendum includes updates to multiple tables in Appendix A to address changes to the ICD-10 master code tables. Version 2019A1 is effective with Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 discharges/encounters; changes are outlined in the release notes.

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Consider This ...

About 27.5 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population, lacked health insurance for all of 2018, up from 7.9 percent the year before.

Source: The New York Times