Minnesota Hospital Association

Policy & Advocacy

MHA joined other Minnesota health care and human service organizations in urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to stop potential funding cuts to MinnesotaCare, the state’s Basic Health Plan (BHP) under the Affordable Care Act, in conjunction with the state’s 1332 waiver request for federal funding for a state-based reinsurance program.

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On behalf of our 142 member hospitals and health systems, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) offers  comments and suggestions regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule for 2018 Medicaid Program; State Disproportionate Share Hospital Allotment Reductions (CMS-2394-P).

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MHA offers the comments and suggestions regarding the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule for 2018 Medicaid Program; State DisproportionateShare Hospital Allotment Reductions (CMS-2394-P).

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The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) offers the following comments regarding the final draft of the Citizens’ League report to the St. Paul City Council in support of our members in St. Paul, as well as on behalf of our entire membership who might be impacted if St. Paul’s decisions or approaches would become a precedent for other communities.

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On behalf of our 137 member hospitals and health systems, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) comments on the provisions contained in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) calendar year (CY) 2017 hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule that would implement the site-neutral provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BiBA).

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On behalf of our 78 member Critical Access Hospital (CAHs), the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) offers the following comments and suggestions regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Rural Health Council’s discussion of the potential impact of a 1% across-the-board cut to reimbursement.

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On behalf of our members, which include 137 hospitals and health systems serving communities throughout our state, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) is grateful for the opportunity to provide comments and feedback regarding the proposed rule implementing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive methodologies called for in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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MHA submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) FY2017 proposed rule for hospital inpatient prospective payment systems and quality reporting.  Some of the issues specifically addressed by the MHA letter were concerns about the unusually high documentation and coding negative adjustment, Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment methodology changes and proposed procedures for notifying outpatient observation patients of their status. One item that is a positive for hospitals is the reversal and payback by CMS of the two-midnight adjustment (0.2%) that has been in place for the last 3 years.

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On behalf of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) and our members, which include 143 hospitals and health systems serving communities throughout our state, we are pleased to offer the following comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Request for Information regarding the future Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Promotion of Alternative Payment Models (APMs), and Incentive Payments for Participation in Eligible APMs (collectively, the RFI). Generally, MHA supports the comments submitted by the American Hospital Association (AHA), as well as those submitted by the Healthcare Quality Coalition (HQC). Our comments that follow focus on the areas of greatest support from, interest to or concern of our members, as well as areas in which we want to emphasize a particular position reflected in the comment letter from AHA or HQC.

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Recently, Attorney General Swanson submitted a letter to the editor in several community newspapers regarding the impact of observation bed status for Medicare beneficiaries. The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) would like the opportunity to work together to elevate attention to this issue with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress.

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On behalf of our members, which include 145 hospitals and multiple health systems throughout Minnesota, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on Minnesota’s proposed extension of the Prepaid Medicaid Assistance Project Plus (PMAP+) Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver, set to expire Dec. 31, 2013.

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