MHA Today | December 30, 2019

December 30, 2019
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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December 30, 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
CMS Extends Deadline For Medicaid Rule Comments
HIDI Releases Third Quarter CY 2019 Update To Discharge Data-Based Quality Indicators
Missouri Works To Improve Maternal-Child Health Through AIM Collaborative
Missouri Flu Queries Continue As Influenza Activity Increases Nationwide
CMS Announces Measure Collaboration Workspace

What You Need To Know This Week

  • MHA Today will not be published Wednesday, Jan. 1. Publication will resume Friday, Jan. 3. Happy New Year!


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state and federal health policy developments


CMS Extends Deadline For Medicaid Rule Comments

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extended its deadline for submitting public comments regarding its proposed rule to revise standards for Medicaid payments and the use of state provider taxes. The deadline for comments on the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability rule was Friday, Jan. 17. It now is Saturday, Feb. 1.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Third Quarter CY 2019 Update To Discharge Data-Based Quality Indicators

Staff Contact: Josette Bax

HIDI has refreshed the readmissions, risk-adjusted mortality, hospital-acquired conditions and AHRQ quality indicators data within HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS to include measure calculations based on discharge data from the third quarter of calendar year 2019.

These quality data updates can be found in various reports in the following Analytic Advantage Plus locations.

  • Quality > Benchmarking
  • Quality > Readmissions
  • Quality > Strategic Quality Initiatives

If you have technical questions regarding these measures, please contact Josette Bax. For questions about accessing the website or running these reports, please contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health


Missouri Works To Improve Maternal-Child Health Through AIM Collaborative

Staff Contact: Alison Williams
Trajectories
While it is clear that Missouri’s birth story must improve to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, many bright spots exist in Missouri through the work of passionate, committed and innovative people working to improve care for the maternal population. Through the Missouri Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health collaborative, best practices in maternal care are reaching quality leaders and front-line caregivers, statewide. These tools address known leading causes of morbidity and mortality during pregnancy, and include behavioral health and substance use disorder care bundles that support improved care throughout the pregnancy and after. Learn more by reading the December 2019 issue of Trajectories.

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Missouri Flu Queries Continue As Influenza Activity Increases Nationwide

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz, Keri Barclay or Carissa Van Hunnik

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Weekly Flu Surveillance Report for the week ending Dec. 21 indicates a consistent increase in seasonal influenza activity in the U.S. Influenza-like illness activity was above baseline in all regions, including Missouri, with the reported percentage of Missouri hospital emergency room visits for ILI at 3.08% and 3.96% through ILINet and ESSENCE, respectively.

As ILI activity continues to rise nationally, hospital staff are strongly encouraged to respond with accurate and timely information to the weekly flu queries activated in EMResource®. Flu queries are conducted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Thursday to collect critical, real-time data to plan for and mitigate possible flu-related impacts to hospital resources, bed availability and staffing levels. Additional influenza resources can be found on MHA’s emergency preparedness web page.

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CMS Announces Measure Collaboration Workspace

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

Now available on the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement Resource Center is the Measure Collaboration Workspace. The MC Workspace emerged based on feedback received through the eCQM strategy project, which focused on improving eCQM use by reducing burden, increasing value and increasing stakeholder involvement. The MC workspace is made up of four modules to support measure collaboration.

  • eCQM Concepts allows users to search existing measure inventories and submit new measure concepts for consideration.
  • New eCQM Clinical Workflow allows users to review sample clinical workflows associated with new eCQMs and provides an opportunity for feedback on anticipated challenges.
  • The eCQM Data Element Repository provides data definitions to aid in measure implementation and data mapping.
  • The eCQM Test Results module provides transparency into how measures are tested and allows users to express interest in participating in eCQM testing activities.
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Consider This ...

New research found that opioid deaths were about 85% higher among people of prime working age — 16 to 65 — in counties where automotive assembly plants had closed five years earlier, compared with counties where such factories remained open.

Source: The New York Times