April 13, 2020
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In This Issue
CMS Releases Proposed SNF, IPF And Hospice Payment And Policy Updates For FY 2021
HIDI HealthStats Explores Community Health By ZIP Code
CDC Report Shows Decreased C. Diff Infections, Hospitalizations
CMS Announces Preview Period For VBP FY 2021 HSRs
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released proposed FY 2021 payment and policy updates for skilled nursing facilities, inpatient psychiatric facilities and hospice. Some of the highlights include:
HIDI Tech Connect
Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead
The places where we live, work, learn and play affect our health.
The April issue of HIDI HealthStats demonstrates that communities separated by mere miles can be worlds apart in terms of upstream health factors that result in downstream health outcomes, such as poor quality of life and premature mortality. The more that is known about these places, the better hospitals, clinicians and community-based partners can identify and address the influence of these factors on health. Using MHA’s community health needs assessment platform, exploreMOhealth.org, to assess hundreds of community health and social factors throughout Missouri is a powerful
strategy for optimizing the allocation of scarce resources to maximize
the effectiveness of community health improvement efforts.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Jessica Stultz
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published April 2 in the New England Journal of Medicine shows decreased Clostridioides difficile infection and associated hospitalizations in the U.S. from 2011-2017. The report states the national burden of healthcare-associated infections and hospitalizations as a result of C. diff infection decreased 36% and 24%, respectively, resulting in a 24% total reduction in the burden of C. diff infection. Efforts to improve infection prevention, and antibiotic and diagnostic stewardship continue to expand throughout health care settings, particularly in hospitals, the report notes.
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Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The preview period for hospital-specific reports for the fiscal year 2021 Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program now is open through Tuesday, May 12. The following measures are included in the reports.
The death toll in the United States from the coronavirus has surpassed Italy's, putting America at No. 1 worldwide for the number of people killed by the virus.