MHA Today | March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020
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March 9, 2020

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In This Issue
DHSS Releases COVID-19 Testing Criteria, PPE Update
CMS Releases FAQs About COVID-19 Treatment
MHA Releases Report On Integrating SDOH In Care Delivery
CMS Announces IQR Education Session

What You Need To Know This Week

  • For the latest information on COVID-19, visit MHA’s website. In addition, you’ll find information on MHA’s weekly member calls, which are being held at 3 p.m. each Wednesday.

COVID-19 Updates


For the latest updates and most current information on coronavirus disease 2019, visit MHA's website.

DHSS Releases COVID-19 Testing Criteria, PPE Update

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Keri Barclay

On March 7, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued a health advisory articulating the state’s plan for COVID-19 testing. DHSS announced it will reserve testing for individuals most at risk for disease, or with severe illness without an alternative explanatory diagnosis, such as influenza. An accompanying chart defines the priority categories.

Also recently released by DHSS was a letter to public health and health care providers addressing concerns of personal protective equipment availability.

As a reminder, MHA is holding its weekly COVID-19 member update call at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. The call-in number is 1-888-585-9008, and the conference room number is 890-126-497.

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CMS Releases FAQs About COVID-19 Treatment

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an FAQs document for health care providers regarding Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to coronavirus disease 2019. The document provides guidance on the following.

  • how to bill and receive payment for testing
  • Medicare’s payment policies for laboratory and diagnostic services, drugs and vaccines under Medicare Part B, ambulance services and other medical services
  • billing for telehealth or in-home provider services

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Quality and Population Health

Trajectories - Social Determinants of Health MHA Releases Report On Integrating SDOH In Care Delivery

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

Research has shown that addressing both clinical and nonclinical factors of health is an important step in promoting health for everyone. While the U.S. spends the most in health care compared to other affluent nations, it ranks 27th in life expectancy, fourth in infant mortality and sixth in maternal mortality, and it has the highest number of drug-related deaths. Missouri, on the other hand, ranks 40 out of 50 overall in national health rankings. Research further reveals that geography is a better predictor of an individual’s health than is their genetic code.

As the landscape in health care continues to change from volume to value, health care organizations are faced with mounting pressure to address social determinants of health during patient interactions as a care redesign model that seeks to improve health outcomes while reducing costs. Read the March 2020 issue of Trajectories to explore strategies and tools regarding SDOH integration in care delivery.

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CMS Announces IQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

A webinar for hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Registration is required for the presentation, “Hospital IQR Program Requirements for CY 2020 Reporting (FY 2022 Payment Determination).”

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Consider This ...

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Health care providers might need to clean their hands as many as 100 times per 12-hour shift, depending on the number of patients and intensity of care.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention