In this issue
Jesson honored with MHA Public Achievement Award
- DHS seeks feedback
on measurement from MHA members
- CMS announces MACRA
flexibility for providers
- September is Sepsis
Jesson honored with MHA Public Achievement Award
Former Department of Human Services commissioner and current Minnesota Court of
Appeals Judge Lucinda Jesson received the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA)
Public Achievement Award, which recognizes a public official or a private
citizen who has performed extraordinary service in health care policy.
During her five-year tenure as DHS commissioner, Jesson was a strong,
effective, well-respected leader and a champion for providing health care
access to all Minnesotans. When her office was charged with expanding Medicaid
Minnesota, she took what was projected to be a nine-month job and completed it
in only three months with higher-than-expected enrollment. Her department took
care of all the processing that needed to happen – including working by hand – to
make sure everyone who qualified received coverage.
Jesson was an innovator, helping Minnesota remain a leader in providing health
care models that meet the needs of Minnesotans. Thanks to her leadership,
Minnesota is one of only two states to have a basic health plan, MinnesotaCare,
which leverages federal funding to provide health coverage for low-income
working individuals and families. Lucinda spearheaded the creation of
Minnesota’s Integrated Healthcare Partnership program, which now has 19 organizations
– most of whom are MHA members – doing Medicaid accountable care organization
projects. This nation-leading effort is unique because providers are allowed to
tailor their ACO to meet patients’ needs rather than adapting to a
Jesson was also a passionate advocate for mental health services. During her
final legislative session as commissioner, she led the effort to secure
legislative funding for mental and behavioral health care. The resulting $51
million investment was Minnesota’s largest increase in mental health spending
in decades. Jesson recognized the needs of patients receiving mental health
services and made addressing those needs a priority.
To learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA website. return to top
seeks feedback on measurement from MHA members
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking
feedback from MHA members regarding DHS measurement efforts. DHS is seeking to
transform Minnesota’s health care measurement system in order to capture
meaningful improvements in health and well-being of care recipients and
communities. The measurement transformation is expected to:
- Align DHS, Minnesota and
national measurement efforts
- Link measurements with current
statewide efforts to create quality improvement strategies and
- Foster collaboration of
stakeholders in a statewide outcome measurement effort
- Provide stakeholders with more
useful information to help navigate the health care system
- Work with national
organizations and federal partners to reframe the measurement discussion
in keeping with the themes of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Vital Signs Report
MHA will host a webinar on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at which DHS will
present its proposal for measurement transformation. Participants will have an
opportunity to provide feedback during the webinar, as well as through subsequent
online surveys that DHS will administer.
MHA appreciates having the opportunity to participate in discussions with DHS
as the department seeks to find more effective and efficient ways to measure
the care received by Minnesotans.
To participate in the webinar, RSVP to Jenny Sanislo, division assistant for health
information and analytics, MHA. Webinar access information and slides will be
provided in advance of the webinar to those who RSVP. return to top
announces MACRA flexibility for providers
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality
Payment Program (QPP) is slated to begin impacting clinicians’ Medicare
reimbursement rates beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The goal of the program is to
support physicians in delivering high-quality patient care while moving the
health care system from volume- to value-based.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that
providers will have greater flexibility to pick their pace of participation for
the first performance period, which begins Jan. 1, 2017, than what was
anticipated in the agency’s proposed rule released earlier this year.
Four options will be available:
- First option: Test the QPP.
Providers have the opportunity to submit some data from after Jan. 1,
2017, to learn and ensure that their system is functioning properly in
order to expand participation in 2018 and 2019.
- Second option: Participate for
part of the calendar year.
Providers can submit QPP data for a reduced number of days during 2017.
- Third option: Participate for
the full calendar year.
Providers who are prepared for QPP implementation can participate fully in
data submission beginning on Jan. 1, 2017.
- Fourth option: Participate in
an Advanced Alternative Payment model in 2017.
Instead of reporting quality data and other information, providers can
participate in QPP by joining an Advanced Alternative Payment Model.
More information on the options is available on the CMS website. More specific information about
the options and other supporting details will be described more fully in the
final rule, which CMS anticipates releasing by Nov. 1, 2016.
MHA believes that the additional flexibility provided by these options will be
beneficial for providers as they prepare to implement and adjust to the broad
changes of MACRA. MHA will review the final rule once it is released and
communicate with members about additional items of note. return to top
is Sepsis Awareness Month
September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Throughout
the month, advocates from around the world make a concentrated effort to spread
information about what sepsis is, what it does and how each person can make a
difference and save lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report that found that nearly 80 percent of
sepsis cases begin outside of the hospital. The findings emphasized that early
identification and treatment of sepsis is key to improving patient outcomes.
MHA developed the Seeing Sepsis Toolkit to facilitate the
adoption of severe sepsis early detection tools and the Surviving Sepsis
Campaign three- and six-hour care bundles by hospitals of all sizes.
The Global Sepsis Alliance has declared Sept. 13 as World Sepsis Day to bring
together health care professionals and members of the public in recognizing
sepsis as a global problem. Mark your calendars and consider taking time out on
Sept. 13 to join the world in increasing sepsis awareness. For more
information, visit the Sepsis Alliance website.
Resources about sepsis including patient tools, recent reports on the incidence
of sepsis, clinical guidelines, bundles, staff educational materials and
examples of quality improvement efforts by health care facilities to improve
sepsis survival are available on the CDC’s website. return to top