MHA Today | October 30, 2019

October 30, 2019
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October 30, 2019

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In This Issue
U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Health Workforce Legislation
Georgetown University Study Reveals Increase In Uninsured Children Nationwide
HIDI Releases Second Quarter 2019 VBP Payments Model
Subscriptions Available For HIDI 2020 Premier Package
Bootheel Health Alliance Announces Diabetes Workshop
CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session

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U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Health Workforce Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Jill Williams

The U.S. House of Representatives approved three legislative proposals regarding the training of health practitioners. H.R. 2781 would reauthorize a variety of medical, dental, nursing and allied health training programs, providing $1.82 billion in federal grants and contracts throughout five years. H.R. 728 would continue and expand a series of workforce training programs targeted to nurses. H.R. 647 focuses on expanded capacity to train hospice and palliative care practitioners.

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Georgetown University Study Reveals Increase In Uninsured Children Nationwide

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

A study by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families shows the rate of uninsured children nationwide increased in 2017 and 2018, marking a reversal of the measure’s steady decline since 2009. The number of uninsured kids has grown by 400,000 since 2016 to 4,000,000 in 2018. The report identifies the “elimination of the individual mandate penalty, cuts to enrollment outreach and advertising, inadequate oversight over state Medicaid programs that have created more red tape barriers, and the creation of a climate of fear and confusion for immigrant families that discourages them from enrolling eligible children in Medicaid or CHIP” as factors contributing to the increase.

Missouri’s rate of uninsured children has increased from 4.8% in 2016 to 5.7% in 2018; only 10 states experienced greater rates of growth. The national average is 5.2%. The number of children enrolled in Missouri’s Medicaid program fell by nearly 71,000 between December 2016 and December 2018. An additional 41,000 Missouri children have been dropped from coverage in 2019.

Sen. Ron Wyden, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Frank Pallone, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, requested information from the Department of Health and Human Services on the decline in children’s Medicaid coverage and plans for correcting it.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Second Quarter 2019 VBP Payments Model

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The Value-Based Purchasing Payments Model is a companion utility to the VBP Analysis that was produced for hospitals on Oct. 16. The VBP Payments Model is an interactive tool that provides hospitals with the ability to manipulate their hospital-specific quality scores to evaluate the associated change to estimated VBP payments. The VBP Payments Model is provided to subscribers of the 2019 Premier Reporting Package. The modeling utility is located on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the following location.

  • Folder: “Finance and Policy/Premier Reports” or “Quality/Premier Reports”
  • File name: “MOxxxx_VBP FFY2020 Payments Model_2019_Q2_(2019.10.30).xlsx”

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the HIDI Premier Report Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Subscriptions Available For HIDI 2020 Premier Package

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The 2020 HIDI Premier Data and Report Packages are available for subscription orders. Introduced in October 2012, premier package subscriptions provide hospitals with access to a variety of HIDI’s most popular data products and reports at a significant discount.

The content of the Premier Reporting Package is partially available on HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS as customizable, interactive reports. Currently, the “Case-Mix Index Premier Report” and “Price Transparency” report are available on HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS. In addition, please note that several report offerings only are available with a subscription to the Premier Reporting Package.

The current content in the premier package folders for 2019 will be removed on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Subscriptions will automatically renew for current subscribers, who will receive invoices in November. New subscribers or current subscribers who wish to make changes to their subscriptions should complete the 2020 premier package order form. For more information, contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health


Bootheel Health Alliance Announces Diabetes Workshop

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

The Bootheel Health Alliance is hosting a workshop in conjunction with National Diabetes Awareness Month. The event, “Educating and Empowering Communities Learning Collaborative Diabetes Workshop,” takes place on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Miner Convention Center in Miner, Mo. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 19, to the Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium at 573-471-9400 or 888-317-4949.

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CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Registration is required for the webinar, “IPFQR Program: Review of IPF-Specific Reports for Claims-Based Measures.”

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Consider This ...

Out of an estimated 4,500 Halloween-related injuries reported during October and November 2017, 41% were related to pumpkin carving.

Source: CNN Health