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The CDC has issued a clinical alert to healthcare facilities in the U.S. about an emerging, multidrug-resistant yeast called Candida auris that is causing invasive, highly deadly infections across the world. Here are seven things to know about C. auris and the CDC's response.
Medicare is merging the nation's Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (aka Meaningful Use) into the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as a means to streamline multiple value-based programs. The program is set to begin January 2017.
Under MIPS, healthcare providers will receive a single annual quality score determined by the following four components:
Meaningful Use (MU)/Advanced Care Information (ACI) of certified EHR technology
Clinical practice improvement
The ACI Category counts for 25 percent of the total MIPS score.
Join guest speaker Tara Hatfield from Purdue Health Advisors as she examines the objectives and measures that comprise the Base Score and the Performance Score of the ACI category and describes the options that clinicians have in choosing from the available measures.
To be best prepared for this event, have your most recent MU performance reports so that you can actively plan for achieving success under MIPS during the event. Register online here.
CMS has proposed changes to reduce its massive Medicare appeals backlog, which has been the subject of lawsuits and a recent Government Accountability Office report, with the goal of clearing outstanding appeals by 2021. The proposed rule notes that as of April 30, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) had more than 750,000 pending appeals, with an adjudication capacity of approximately 77,000 appeals per year. While OMHA expects to increase its capacity by 15,000 appeals per year, the proposed rule introduced further changes to reduce the backlog.
Comments are due to CMS by August 29. Learn more here.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announces the issuance of a Certificate of Need (CON) for the following projects.
Baptist Memorial Hospital – Desoto, Inc. Southaven, Mississippi Emergency Department Addition
Baptist Memorial Hospital – Desoto Inc., received Certificate of Need (CON) authority for the addition to its emergency department. The proposed project involves new construction of approximately 25,000 square feet for the first and second floors and the renovation of 13,500 square feet of existing space on the second floor.
The total capital expenditure for this project is $19,204,530.
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Olive Branch, Mississippi Construction of Medical Office Building
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (“Methodist”) received Certificate of Need (CON) authority to construct a 23,400 square foot medical office building on property owned by the hospital and located in proximity to the Methodist Healthcare Olive Branch Hospital.
The total capital expenditure for this project is $6,568,860.
Shearer-Richardson Memorial Nursing Home Okolona, Mississippi Phase III Renovations and Additions
Shearer-Richardson Memorial Nursing Home received Certificate of Need (CON) authority for Phase III renovations and additions to the facility. The proposed project will include the addition of 5,450 square feet of new construction and renovation of 10,395 square feet of existing space.
The total capital expenditure for this project is $3,409,260.
RCG Mississippi, Inc., d/b/a RCG of Meridian d/b/a, Lauderdale County Dialysis Meridian, Mississippi Establishment of Satellite ESRD Facility
RCG Mississippi, Inc., d/b/a RCG of Meridian, d/b/a Lauderdale County Dialysis, received Certificate of Need (CON) authority to establish a 10-station satellite End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) on New Way in Meridian, approximately 3.5 miles from the host facility, RCG of Meridian.
The total capital expenditure for this project is $3,717,886.96.
RCG Mississippi Inc., d/b/a RCG of Philadelphia, d/b/a Neshoba County Dialysis Philadelphia, Mississippi Establishment of Satellite ESRD Facility
RCG Mississippi Inc., d/b/a RCG of Philadelphia, d/b/a Neshoba County Dialysis received Certificate of Need (CON) authority to establish a 10-station satellite End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) facility in Neshoba County. The proposed project will be relocated from RCG Philadelphia, an affiliated 39-station ESRD facility.
The total capital expenditure for this project is $4,114,560.65.
Mississippi's Certificate of Need process is a fundamental component of the state's health planning and health regulatory activities. In managing the Certificate of Need process, the Department seeks to improve the health of Mississippi residents; to increase accessibility, acceptability, continuity and quality of health services; to prevent unnecessary duplication of health resources; and to provide some cost containment.
The MSDH has administered the Certificate of Need program since July 1986. Since then, more than 1,400 Certificate of Need applications have been reviewed, representing total capital expenditures of approximately $5 billion. The next Certificate of Need monthly meeting will be July 28, 2016, at the MSDH offices in Jackson.
The department’s staff analysis for each Certificate of Need application is published online at www.HealthyMS.com.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on June 30 published a correction to its recently updated fire safety standards for hospitals. The May final rule adopted the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 Life Safety Code (with minor amendments) and most chapters of its 2012 Health Care Facilities Code for hospitals and certain other facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
The clarification states that hospital outpatient surgical departments must meet Life Safety Code provisions applicable to ambulatory health care occupancies, “regardless of the number of patients served.” The standards for ambulatory health care occupancies normally apply to facilities providing services simultaneously to four or more patients.