MHA Today | January 6, 2020

January 6, 2020
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January 6, 2020

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In This Issue
CMS Releases Performance Year 2018 Results Of The Medicare Quality Payment Program
HIDI HealthStats Investigates Coding Social Determinants Of Health
SOR Announces 2020 MAT Waiver Trainings
CMS Releases Abstraction Paper Tools
Government Encourages Cyber Vigilance
Don Babb Celebrates Retirement
Sinek Announces Retirement From Boone Hospital Center

What You Need To Know This Week

  • On Wednesday, the Missouri General Assembly begins its 2020 legislative session.


Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Performance Year 2018 Results Of The Medicare Quality Payment Program

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

In a blog post by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Administrator Seem Verma, results of the 2018 Medicare Physician Quality Payment Program that affects payments in 2020 were released. For the 2018 performance year, 98% of eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System will receive positive payment adjustments in 2020. In addition, 97% of eligible clinicians in rural practices will receive positive payment adjustments.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI HealthStats Investigates Coding Social Determinants Of Health

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

Trajectories New research from the Hospital Industry Data Institute finds connections between the care environment and the likelihood of health record annotation for ICD-10 Z codes classifying social determinants of health. Researchers identified that inpatient care — especially in behavioral health settings — increased the likelihood of SDOH coding. A much lower rate of coding was found for emergency department patients, despite the role EDs serve as venues of care for low-income and socially complex patients.

In 2018, MHA’s first report on SDOH code reporting found that even with limited use of the codes, they provided exceptionally granular information on patients at risk of excess emergency room utilization due to social factors and solid predictive capability for health outcomes. Better SDOH coding could support emerging reimbursement models and direct nonmedical social support services to reduce health care spending.

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Quality and Population Health


SOR Announces 2020 MAT Waiver Trainings

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

The State Opioid Response is partnering with the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare to provide medication-assisted treatment waiver training. The eight-hour courses will include four hours of live training and four hours of individual online coursework.

Along with an eight-hour online only training course, the following dates are available in 2020 for the half and half course. Registration is available at the respective links.

  • Kansas City, Mo.
    • Saturday, Jan. 25
    • Saturday, Feb. 22
    • Saturday, March 28
  • St. Louis
    • Saturday, April 11
    • Saturday, June 13
    • Saturday, Aug. 8
    • Saturday, Sept. 26
    • Saturday, Nov. 7
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CMS Releases Abstraction Paper Tools

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released topic-specific documents pertaining to universal (alphabetical) abstraction and the CMS Abstraction and Reporting Tool. The documents are available on QualityNet and are effective for discharges dated Jan. 1 through June 30, 2020. Separate documents are provided for the following.

  • universal (alphabetical) abstraction paper tools, where the data elements are arranged in alphabetical order rather than tool-specific order
  • CART abstraction paper tools, where the data elements are arranged in CART order
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Noteworthy


Government Encourages Cyber Vigilance

Staff Contact: Ted Suess

The Trump administration is urging organizations to practice heightened cyber vigilance after the violence in Iraq involving Iranian citizens. Iran has a history of practicing cyber warfare and could engage in retaliatory actions that destroy data, disrupt computer networks and cause significant financial loss. Hospitals could be affected directly or indirectly by this action. The American Hospital Association has cybersecurity resources available online.

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Don Babb Celebrates Retirement

Staff Contact: Mary Becker Don Babb Retirement

A celebration was held Saturday in honor of the retirement of Don Babb who has served as CEO of Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar since 1980. Pictured, MHA President and CEO Herb Kuhn makes a presentation to Babb. Also in attendance were Gov. Mike Parson and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt.

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CEO Announcements


Sinek Announces Retirement From Boone Hospital Center

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Jim Sinek, president of Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, announced his plans to retire effective Dec. 31, 2020. He has served as president since August 2013. Sinek will lead the transition effort as the county-owned hospital ends its 30-year relationship with BJC HealthCare on Dec. 31, 2020. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses and 55,000 hospitalizations so far this flu season.

Source: CNN