Minnesota Hospital Association


December 12, 2016

MHA Newsline: Dec. 12, 2016

In this issue 

Winona Health president/CEO selected as chair of American Hospital Association’s Section for Small or Rural Hospitals

Rachelle Schultz, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Winona Health, will begin serving as chair of the governing council for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Small or Rural Hospitals in 2017. Her selection for this role was previously announced in Newsline.   

“Rural health care is the backbone of our country’s health care system,” said Schultz. “Those of us who have chosen smaller communities to live, work and raise our families need viable health care services. The members of the Small and Rural Hospitals governing council are strong advocates for rural health care, and I was very pleased to be asked to chair this committee whose mission I deeply believe in.”   

The AHA’s Section for Small or Rural Hospitals provides representation, advocacy and educational opportunities to help the nation’s small or rural hospitals better serve the health needs of patients and communities. The 18-member governing council represents small or rural hospitals in the AHA’s policy process and member services initiatives. In addition, the council advises the AHA on federal policy issues. 

Schultz has more than 25 years’ experience in health care management. At Winona Health, she oversees a 99-bed acute care hospital, physician clinics, a 120-bed nursing home, three assisted living residences, hospice program, retail pharmacies, a foundation and related health care services. return to top  

CMS releases final hospital MOON for implementation by March 8

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the finalized Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON). Beginning March 8, 2017, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) must provide the standard notice to all Medicare beneficiaries who receive outpatient observation services for more than 24 hours. The notice, required by the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act, informs beneficiaries that they are an outpatient receiving observation services, not an inpatient, and shares the associated implications for cost-sharing and eligibility for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility services.   

Elements of Minnesota’s required notice may be incorporated into the MOON to satisfy both federal and state mandates. Under the state requirements, notice of outpatient observational status must be given to a patient within 24 hours after such placement. The MOON requires notice after 24 hours, but before 36 hours or earlier if the patient is discharged. According to CMS, there is no prohibition on providing the notice before 24 hours, so there is no impact on existing state requirements.   

CMS issued the final policies for implementing the NOTICE Act in August with the inpatient prospective payment system final rule, but delayed implementation until 90 days after the updated MOON was posted on its website. More information and a downloadable copy of the MOON are available on the CMS website.   

With questions, contact Briana Nord Parish, policy analyst, MHA, 651-603-3498. return to top   

Commit to participate in HIIN

Thank you to the 104 facilities that have committed to participate in the MHA Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). Facilities that have not yet confirmed their participation are asked to reaffirm their commitment to this important program by completing the online HIIN commitment letter via the link that was previously sent to hospital and health system chief executive officers and primary patient safety contacts.   

With questions or to learn more about whether your organization is participating in the MHA HIIN, contact Tania Daniels, vice president of quality and patient safety, MHA, 651-603-3517. return to top   

Rooms sold out at MHA Winter Trustee

Conference site Alternate room block and registration still available   

The MHA Winter Trustee Conference will be held Jan. 6-8, 2017 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park.  For more information or to register, download the conference brochure.   

While registration for the conference is still available, the conference site has completely sold out of rooms. If you plan to attend the conference and need accommodations, an alternate room block has been set up at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove.   

You can make accommodations at the Courtyard by calling 763-425-5355. Make sure to mention you are with the Minnesota Hospital Association to get the group rate (one king bed is $129 and two queen beds is $139). return to top