MHA Today | February 3, 2020

February 3, 2020
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February 3, 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
GAO Assesses Effect Of Medicaid Payment On SUD Treatment
CMS Releases Fact Sheet On FY 2020 HAC Reduction Program
DHSS Highlights Hepatitis C
2020 Aim for Excellence Award — Call for Applications
CMS Announces Education Session

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Watch for a new report about the growing public health concern for Missouri farmers and ranchers with mental health challenges and suicide to be released.



Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


GAO Assesses Effect Of Medicaid Payment On SUD Treatment

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Brian Kinkade

The federal Government Accountability Office issued a report and summary examining the effects of Medicaid payment changes on the availability of substance use disorder treatment. The report was mandated by federal law. During the study period, Missouri was one of 11 states that both increased and decreased SUD payment rates as part of more general revisions to Medicaid physician payment standards.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Fact Sheet On FY 2020 HAC Reduction Program

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a fiscal year 2020 fact sheet about the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program. The fact sheet includes an overview, measures, scoring methodology and contacts with additional resources. For the FY 2020 HAC program, the cutoff for the 75th percentile of total HAC scores is 0.3306.

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Quality and Population Health


DHSS Highlights Hepatitis C

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson or Leslie Porth

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recently issued a letter to providers asking for assistance in the early identification and treatment of individuals who are at risk for developing Hepatitis C. The department noted many individuals can be cured of the disease if there is early identification and treatment. MHA asks members to please share this important information with providers and departments who may be in the position to offer screening and evaluation.

For questions, contact the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program at hepatitis@health.mo.gov or 573-751-6439.

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2020 Aim for Excellence Award — Call for Applications

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

MHA Awards Call for Applications MHA is again pleased to announce the call for applications for its Aim for Excellence Award — an annual, prestigious award to recognize Missouri hospitals’ innovation and outcomes. The award will recognize member organization- or team-based projects that address at least two Triple Aim principles of better health, better care and lower costs. Awards will be presented at MHA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 29. Visit MHA’s website for more information and to apply online.

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CMS Announces Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

A webinar for hospitals participating in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing, Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction and Hospital Readmissions Reductions Programs is scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. Registration is required for the presentation, which will provide an overview of publicly reported data for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inpatient hospital pay-for-performance programs.

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Consider This ...

February is American Heart Month. Heart attacks affect more people every year than the population of Dallas, Texas. And, 83% of Americans believe that heart attacks can be prevented but aren’t motivated to do anything.

Source: American Heart Association