MHA Today | February 5, 2020

February 5, 2020

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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February 5, 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
MHA, Partners Release New Research On Behavioral Health Crisis In Agriculture
Trump Delivers State Of The Union Address
MHA, Child Advocates Speak Against Managed Care For Foster Kids’ Behavioral Health
HIDI Releases Fourth Quarter FFY 2019 Inpatient, Outpatient Databases
eCQM Reporting Deadline Approaches
Perimeter Behavioral Hospital Of Springfield Names New CEO
Fulton Medical Center Names New CEO


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Spotlight


MHA, Partners Release New Research On Behavioral Health Crisis In Agriculture

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

It is a well-established fact that in Missouri, rural residents have significantly higher rates of depression, experience increased difficulty in receiving mental health care and have higher rates of deaths from suicide. However, experts suggest other stressors unique to the agricultural community create rural mental health disparities that are even more profound for farmers.

Growing Stress on the Farm MHA, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Missouri Farm Bureau and University of Missouri Extension, released a new report today focusing on Missouri’s behavioral health crisis in agriculture. The new research elevates awareness of disparities in economic factors for farmers and mental health outcomes for rural Missourians. Policy opportunities designed to expand access to mental health services, reduce stigma and improve mental health outcomes for rural Missourians also are included.

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Trump Delivers State Of The Union Address

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

On Feb. 4, President Trump delivered his 2020 State of the Union speech. He said his priorities include “lowering the cost of health care and prescription drugs, and to protect patients with preexisting conditions.” He supported more funding for HIV and childhood cancer initiatives. He favors “requiring drug companies, insurance companies and hospitals to disclose real prices to foster competition and bring costs way down.” Discussing the consequences of mass illegal immigration, he mentioned “hospitals so crowded you can’t get in.”

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MHA, Child Advocates Speak Against Managed Care For Foster Kids’ Behavioral Health

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson or Brian Kinkade

MHA and child welfare advocates provided testimony at a public meeting yesterday in Jefferson City in opposition to the Missouri Department of Social Services’ plan to “carve in” behavioral health care for foster care children. Testimony offered in opposition pointed out the well-documented shortcomings with the current managed care system (poor care management, over-emphasis on spending control, inefficient administration, poor record of timely credentialing and inadequate networks) and the success of provider-led care management approaches, like hospital-based health homes. MHA also submitted written comments.

Although the department welcomed comments, there were many indications that the decision to make the change already has been made. The department pointed to the McKinsey report, which recommended that the service should be carved in. Future public meetings have been scheduled, but the department’s agenda for these meetings is unclear.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Fourth Quarter FFY 2019 Inpatient, Outpatient Databases

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The fourth quarter federal fiscal year 2019 inpatient and outpatient databases, including HIDI-reporting hospitals in Missouri and Illinois (but excluding hospitals in Kansas City, Kan., for the current quarter), now are available for download to subscribers of the Premier Data Package on HIDI Analytic Advantage®. These databases will be updated to include the Kansas City, Kan. hospital data for the current quarter in the coming days. The databases consist of a patient-level limited dataset, including all HIDI-reported discharges and visits to hospitals. Files are delivered as both text files and ready-to-query Microsoft Access database files. The files are located in “Strategic Planning/Premier Data” and are organized in the following categories.

  • Q4 FFY2019, Inpatient
  • Q4 FFY2019, Outpatient Classified
  • Q4 FFY2019, Outpatient Unclassified

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the HIDI Premier Report Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health


eCQM Reporting Deadline Approaches

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The deadline for hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and/or Promoting Interoperability Programs to submit data to meet calendar year 2019 electronic clinical quality measure reporting requirements is Monday, March 2. Details regarding the submission process can be found on the CMS website.

A webinar to address questions regarding CY 2019 eCQM reporting is scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11. Additional details and registration information is available on the Quality Reporting Center.

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CEO Announcements


Perimeter Behavioral Hospital Of Springfield Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Lynn Lemke was named CEO at Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of Springfield, effective Jan. 20. His health care experience includes serving as a behavioral health consultant, the executive director of Horizon Health Corporation and the executive director of behavioral health at Mercy Hospital Springfield. He succeeds Rick Harding who left in October 2019. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Fulton Medical Center Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Donald E. Buchanan was named CEO at Fulton Medical Center, effective Feb. 3. Buchanan has extensive experience in hospital administration. He has worked for Rural Hospitals Group and HMC/CAH LLC, served as president of St. John’s West Region from 2000-2005, was responsible for hospital operations in Aurora and Cassville (prior to joining Mercy), and was CEO of Aurora Community Hospital from 1988-2000. He succeeds Mike Reece who left in December. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

The nurse practitioner workforce more than doubled over a seven-year span, growing from around 91,000 in 2010 to 190,000 in 2017.

Source: Modern Healthcare