MHA Today | September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019
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September 30, 2019

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In This Issue
MHA Distributes Analysis To Final Rule For FFY 2020 IPF PPS
Trajectories: Strategies To Reduce Workplace Violence To Achieve The Quadruple Aim
CDC Updates Vaping Numbers

What You Need To Know This Week

state and federal health policy developments

MHA Distributes Analysis To Final Rule For FFY 2020 IPF PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA prepared an analysis illustrating the financial effect of the final rule to the Medicare Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment Systems updates for federal fiscal year 2020. In aggregate, Missouri will see an estimated increase of 2.3 percent, amounting to $1.7 million. However, this rate increase does not take into account the Medicare sequestration payment reductions. The analysis, which is available online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage,® includes a summary for the nation, Missouri, health systems and individual hospitals. Contacts for each IPF have been notified by email with the location of these reports within HIDI Analytic Advantage.®

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Quality and Population Health

Trajectories: Strategies to Reduce Workplace Violence To Achieve The Quadruple Aim

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

Trajectories: Workplace Violence The September 2019 issue of Trajectories highlights strategies to reduce workplace violence, including the progress in Missouri, industry best practices, local partnerships, and how to foster safe care environments.

MHA continues to shape a more structured program through its S.A.F.E.R. Initiative to engage members, and provide resources and guidance to assist hospitals with workplace violence prevention resources. Monitoring the legislative and regulatory environment, facilitating key partnerships, and sharing evidence-based practices are the three areas MHA staff have dedicated their attention to achieve results. Workplace violence prevention must be addressed through a comprehensive mitigation program. Our focus going forward will be on health care workforce training and resiliency, in addition to outcome measures to assist in the evaluation of security and safety programs.

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CDC Updates Vaping Numbers

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the numbers and impact of lung-related illness and death tied to vaping. Currently, there are 805 cases of lung-related illness and 12 deaths associated with electronic nicotine delivery systems. Vaping quickly is becoming a public health crisis, and as of Sept. 26, the CDC included new information and demographics for populations impacted by vaping use. A few of the key findings include the following.

  • About 69 percent of the population impacted are males.
  • Nearly two-thirds, or 62 percent, of patients are 18 to 34 years old.
  • Of patients affected, 16 percent are under age 18.
  • Of those experiencing illness, 77 percent were using THC products in the device.

The article provides information specifically for health care providers and public health entities. The number of vaping-related deaths mapped by state is included in the report along with harm reduction strategies for community members who utilize these products.

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Consider This ...

The federal government now designates nearly 80 percent of rural America as “medically underserved.” It is home to 20 percent of the U.S. population but fewer than 10 percent of its doctors.

Source: The Washington Post