MHA Today | January 20, 2020

January 20, 2020
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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January 20, 2020

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.


In This Issue
HIDI HealthStats Investigates Coding Social Determinants Of Health
FDA Approves Ebola Vaccine
CMS Announces Education Sessions
AHA Releases Health Care Workforce Report

What You Need To Know This Week

  • As a reminder, last week, MedPAC made recommendations to increase hospital payments by 3.3%.
  • The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission will meet Thursday and Friday — topics include Medicaid’s role in maternity care related to substance abuse and morbidity.


HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI HealthStats Investigates Coding Social Determinants Of Health

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead HIDI HealthStats

The SDOH Z codes included in the ICD-10 clinical modification present an opportunity for hospitals and health systems to identify and diagnose patients with highly detailed social risk factors that can have a profound impact on health. While previous research has found inconsistent use of the codes across providers, this research finds that patient- and provider-level characteristics largely determine the likelihood of SDOH Z code assignment during a hospital encounter. Read the January 2020 edition of HIDI HealthStats for additional details regarding the assignment of SDOH Z Codes.

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Quality and Population Health


FDA Approves Ebola Vaccine

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Keri Barclay

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of Ervebo, a vaccine for the prevention of Ebola virus disease in individuals 18 years and older. The vaccine is administered as a single-dose injection and is a live, attenuated vaccine that has been genetically engineered to contain a protein from the Zaire ebolavirus.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo currently is experiencing the world’s second largest EVD outbreak. While the risk of EVD in the U.S. remains low, the development of this vaccine is an important milestone and component of meaningful public health preparedness and response.

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CMS Announces Education Sessions

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 Program or Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program.

Registration is required and available at the respective links.

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Workforce News


AHA Releases Health Care Workforce Report

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

The American Hospital Association published details and insights into health care workforce in their recent report, “Health Care Talent Scan.” With 2.3 million new health care workers needed by 2025, the challenges are immense. This report provides details on how those workforce issues are exacerbated by the shifting health care landscape, increasing use of technology and changing consumer demands.

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Consider This ...

Throughout the past 10 years, the adult smoking rate in Missouri has averaged 22.8% — eighth-highest in the nation.

Source: The Joplin Globe