MHA Today | October 7, 2019

October 7, 2019
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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October 7, 2019

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.


In This Issue
Trump Administration, CMS Enhance Nursing Home Transparency
This Week Is Mental Illness Awareness Week
CMS Announces OQR Education Session

What You Need To Know This Week

  • MHA’s fall round of district council meetings for all districts begins Tuesday and continues through next week.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Trump Administration, CMS Enhance Nursing Home Transparency

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 23, the Nursing Home Compare website will be updated to display a consumer alert icon next to nursing homes that have been cited for incidents of abuse, neglect or exploitation. This is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ five-part approach to ensuring safety and quality in nursing homes. The icon will be updated monthly and will be added for facilities cited on inspection reports for abuse that led to harm of a resident in the past year and/or abuse that could have potentially led to harm of a resident in each of the last two years.

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Quality and Population Health


This Week Is Mental Illness Awareness Week

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

Mental Illness Awareness Week Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone – directly or indirectly – through family, friends or coworkers.

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, the National Alliance on Mental Illness launched the “WhyCare?” campaign “to share the importance of mental health treatment, support and services to the millions of people affected by mental illness.” Care is a simple word, but a powerful way to change lives for people affected by mental illness. NAMI offers an MIAW toolkit, including graphics, messaging and fact sheets, to help organizations educate the public and raise awareness.

MHA is posting on its Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week, and hospitals are encouraged to share our content or create their own.

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CMS Announces OQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Outpatient Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The webinar, “Crunching the Numbers: Reviewing Your Hospital’s Data,” is offered at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is required.

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Consider This ...

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Only 43.3% of U.S. adults with mental illness received treatment in 2018, and the average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years.

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness