December 23, 2019
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In This Issue
CMS Releases Burden Reduction And Discharge Planning Guidance
Trajectories Recognizes Bias In Health Care
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Sarah Willson
In response to new rules released in September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a new Quality, Safety and Oversight memo for hospitals regarding changes to its regulations and approach for updating the State Operations Manual. On Sept. 30, CMS published two final rules, which revised regulatory requirements to reduce unnecessary burden and modify discharge planning regulations. CMS plans to have updated interpretive guidance released in spring 2020. An online training module should be available by the end of January on the CMS training website.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Alison Williams
Bias-related actions by individuals and societal systems has a known detrimental health impact across populations. Even with systems in place to provide evidence-based, well-coordinated maternal care, bias remains a persistent and troubling factor.
The first step in reducing the impact of bias is to accept that everyone has biases – both favorable and unfavorable. The second is to work to understand what may be impacting the ability to provide unbiased health care delivery.
Read MHA’s December 2019 issue of Trajectories to identify the different types of bias, as well as strategies for eliminating bias in health care.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national rate of unemployment, as of September, was 3.5%. That’s the lowest it’s been since 2009.
Source: Columbia Missourian