MHA Today | November 8, 2019

November 8, 2019
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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November 8, 2019

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Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEOThe 97th Annual MHA Convention & Trade Show closed this afternoon. This year’s speakers were both engaging and thought-provoking, and — as always — it was great to have an opportunity to visit informally.

Part of what I find inspiring about the convention is that it provides the opportunity to celebrate the amazing work taking place in our community. That includes the groups and individuals who are making a difference — as leaders, visionaries and volunteers, and in nursing and quality improvement, to name a few. I want to share some of those stories today.

MHA honored Christine Candio, President and CEO of St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, with the Distinguished Service Award — MHA’s highest award. Her leadership with MHA, the American Hospital Association and through the American College of Healthcare Executives has improved health care and health leadership at St. Luke’s, in Missouri and nationally. Congratulations Chris, and thank you for your leadership.

Jodi Fincher, CEO of St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, was honored with MHA’s Visionary Leadership Award. Jodi led the launch of a senior-focused service line that extends from the emergency department through the hospital and into the community. The model now is being emulated in hospitals outside of Kansas City.

We recognized the importance of volunteer service by celebrating hospital trustees, hospital volunteers and volunteer-led programs that improve health and health care.

Win Reed, Board Chair of Mercy Hospital South and a board member of the Mercy system in St. Louis, and Marvin Lyman, board member of Truman Medical Centers, Inc., in Kansas City, each were honored as Trustee of the Year for their service to the hospitals and their communities.

The Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries honored four auxiliaries, including Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary/Partners in Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; Western Missouri Medical Center Auxiliary in Warrensburg, Mo.; Mercy Hospital Washington Auxiliary; and CoxHealth Auxiliary in Springfield, Mo., for their outstanding service. And, Lon Goede, a member of the SSM Health St. Clare Hospital Auxiliary in Fenton, Mo., and the “unofficial mayor of the hospital,” was honored as MAHA Auxilian of the Year.

The Midwest Association of Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals honored the Senior Health Center Program at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Mo., with its Award for Excellence. The program provides health and wellness opportunities in a social environment for area residents who are 55 years of age or older.

Three nurses were recognized by the Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders. Kimberly Runquist, BSN, CCRN, Director of ICU at Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, was recognized with the MONL Rising Nurse Leader Award. Jason Purcell, DNP, R.N., Director of Professional Practice at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, was honored with MONL’s Excellence in Leadership Award. And, Lindsay Jessee, BSN, R.N., Core Charge Nurse for the Pediatric ICU at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., received the MONL DAISY Nurse Leader Award for leadership in nursing.

MHA honored three health care organizations with the Aim for Excellence Award for their achievements in quality improvement. Mosaic Medical Center – Albany was honored for efforts to reduce all harm, hospitalwide; Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., was honored for its program to reduce surgical site infections; and Mercy was honored for its systemwide approach to sepsis care improvement. And, Barbara Quick, M.S., R.N., Regional Director of Patient Safety and Quality at SSM Health St. Louis Region, was honored with the Missouri Association for Healthcare Quality’s Distinguished Quality Professional Award.

These awards, individually and as a whole, reflect the commitment of our hospitals — and those who serve within — to improve health care and the health of the communities they serve. They are emblematic of the deep roots hospitals have in the communities they serve. And, they exemplify how hospitals’ commitment to quality and value manifest not only in reportable metrics, but also in the very heart of the culture in these organizations.

It was great to share time this week. Let me know what you think.

Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

Herb B. Kuhn
MHA President and CEO

In This Issue
CMS Releases Medicare Physician Fee Schedule CY 2020 Payment And Policy Updates
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HIDI Releases Report On 2018 Average Hospital Charges For Medicare Patients
HIDI Releases 2018 Annual Survey Trends Report
CMS Announces IQR and Promoting Interoperability Programs Webinars

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

CMS Releases Medicare Physician Fee Schedule CY 2020 Payment And Policy Updates

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final payment and policy updates for the Medicare physician fee schedule for calendar year 2020. MHA published an issue brief with additional details.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 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.

  • New Medicare Card: Claims with Health Insurance Claim Numbers will be rejected Jan. 1, 2020
  • MACRA Patient Relationship Categories and codes: learn more
  • Merit-based Incentive Payment System:
    • Heart failure measure: Call for public comment closes Wednesday, Nov. 27
    • Virtual group election period open through Tuesday, Dec. 31
  • Critical access hospitals: hardship exception application deadline is Monday, Dec. 2
  • Skilled nursing facility claims hold

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HIDI Tech Connect

HIDI Releases Report On 2018 Average Hospital Charges For Medicare Patients

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

HIDI’s Average Hospital Charges for Medicare Patients Report, based on the 2018 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review file, now is available. The MedPAR file includes 100% of Medicare beneficiaries using short-stay hospital inpatient services. The report features fiscal year 2018 hospital-specific detail on Medicare DRG cost components, utilization and ranks. It also includes a comprehensive set of reports and associated data files.

This report is available as an a la carte offering and also was available as part of the 2019 Premier Reporting Package. For current Premier Reporting Package subscribers, the report can be found on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the following location, with the following file name.

  • File location: Finance and Policy/Premier Reports
  • File name:

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the 2019 HIDI Premier Data Package should review the package information. Hospitals interested in the a la carte offering of this report should contact HIDI.

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HIDI Releases 2018 Annual Survey Trends Report

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

Subscribers of the HIDI Premier Reporting Package now have access to the 2018 Annual Survey Seven-Year Trends report. The report displays tables and graphs depicting seven-year trends of a comprehensive set of financial metrics, as reported on the most recent Annual Licensing Survey. Reports are categorized by various peer groups, such as bed size, geographic region, ownership type, hospital type and congressional district. The report can be found on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the following location, with the following file name.

  • File location: Finance and Policy/Premier Reports
  • File name: MO0000_7-Year_Trends_2019 (11 2019).pdf

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the 2019 HIDI Premier Data Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health

CMS Announces IQR and Promoting Interoperability Programs Webinars

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the following outreach and education sessions for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting and Promoting Interoperability programs.

Registration is required and available at the noted links.

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Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?

November 4, 2019
CMS Finalizes CY 2020 Home Health Payment And Policy Update
CMS Deadline Approaches For CAH Hardship Exception Application
MO HealthNet To Reject Claims For Dual Eligibles Without MBI Number January 1
Appellate Court Reverses Injunction Against DSH Rule
Council Of Economic Advisors Updates Economic Cost Of Opioid Use Disorder
SAMHSA Launches New Website To Help Individuals Locate SUD Treatment
CMS Releases January 2020 Hospital Compare Hospital Data For Preview

November 6, 2019
CMS Releases Medicare Outpatient PPS FY 2020 Payment And Policy Updates
HIDI Releases Annual Licensing Survey Raw Data File And User-Defined Report Generator
September MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®
HRSA Requests Rural Grant Feedback
November Is National Diabetes Month

Consider This ...

A recent University of Michigan study found that in states that expanded Medicaid, 19,200 deaths were averted between 2014 and 2017. Illinois — an expansion state — prevented 345 deaths annually, while Missouri had 194 additional deaths each year.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch