MHA Today | November 18, 2019

November 18, 2019
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November 18, 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
MHA Urges Congress To Address Medicaid DSH Cuts
CMS Releases Proposed Federal Regulations On Price Transparency
Governor Parson Launches Clear The Air Campaign
NHSN Releases 2020 Patient Safety Component Protocols
PFAC Releases Part Four In Vlog Series
MHA Supports Rural Health Through FLEX Program

What You Need To Know This Week



Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


MHA Urges Congress To Address Medicaid DSH Cuts

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

MHA sent a letter to the Missouri congressional delegation reiterating the importance of legislative action to block or delay pending reductions in states' allotments of federal funding of Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments. As part of its legislation to avert a government shutdown, Congress delayed the reductions from Oct. 1 to Nov. 21 and is expected to extend the delay through Friday, Dec. 20. Preventing the payment cuts is an MHA advocacy priority.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Proposed Federal Regulations On Price Transparency

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler or Daniel Landon

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released proposed federal regulations regarding transparency of health care prices and disclosure of contractual payment rates negotiated by insurers and health care providers. MHA published an issue brief with additional details.

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Quality and Population Health


Governor Parson Launches Clear The Air Campaign

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

Today, Gov. Parson held a press conference to officially launch the Clear the Air campaign designed to address youth vaping use. The project will highlight the risks associated with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use among youth in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Department of Public Safety. The campaign includes a social marketing campaign and website targeting youth, specifically outlining the potential risk factors of e-cigarette products along with possible cessation strategies.

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NHSN Releases 2020 Patient Safety Component Protocols

Staff Contact: Toi Wilde

The National Healthcare Safety Network updated its website with 2020 versions of surveillance protocols and a Table of Instructions for completion of data collection forms that are part of the NHSN Patient Safety Component. This includes the surveillance protocols for central line-associated bloodstream infection, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, surgical site infection, multi-drug resistant organism and Clostridium difficile infection, ventilator-associated event, pediatric ventilator-associated event, pneumonia, central line insertion practices, and antimicrobial use and resistance. Until these protocols go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, continue to use the 2019 protocols.

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PFAC Releases Part Four In Vlog Series

Staff Contact: Toi Wilde

PFAC Vlog: Martha Johnson The MHA Patient Family Advisory Council released its fourth vlog in its five-part series. In “A Patient/Caregiver Story: How Patient Family Engagement and a PFAC Can Impact Bedside Care,” Martha Johnson, manager of patient experience, volunteer services and gift shop at Missouri Kidney Program at Boone Hospital Center, discusses her experience as a patient caregiver to her son. She shares the story of her son’s multiple surgeries as a small child and how much it meant to her that the caregivers really valued the patient and family experience.

The vlog series will continue to highlight the importance of patient and family engagement through shared learning, promotion of best practices, and sharing patient experience and family engagement stories while supporting a culture of patient-centered care.

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MHA Supports Rural Health Through FLEX Program

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga or Sherry Buschjost

MHA is the subcontractor of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, which is a federal funding program that works with critical access hospitals to stabilize and sustain their local health care infrastructure. The goal of the FLEX Program is to improve the quality of care and financial and operational performance, as well as manage population health needs. The Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program is the quality portion of the grant that provides an opportunity for individual critical access hospitals to look at their own data, measure their outcomes against each other, and partner with other hospitals in the state around quality improvement initiatives to improve outcomes and provide the highest quality care to every patient.

Nonparticipating CAHs should consider participating to enjoy the benefits of this rural-focused program, as they are required to report all the domain areas, including patient safety/inpatient, patient engagement, care transitions and outpatient, by the designated deadlines.

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Consider This ...

Thursday is National Rural Health Day. Rural communities face a disproportionate shortage of qualified health care providers, leading to 69% of rural and frontier communities being designated as health professional shortage areas.

Source: PowerofRural.org