Minnesota Hospital Association


May 20, 2014

MHA Newsline: May 19, 2014

In this issue

RARE Campaign prevents 7,975 avoidable readmissions

A broad-based coalition of hospitals, care providers and community partners participating in the RARE Campaign—Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively—has prevented 7,975 avoidable readmissions through fourth quarter 2013 and allowed patients in Minnesota to spend 31,900 nights of sleep in their own beds instead of the hospital. Since the Campaign began, Minnesota hospitals collectively reduced readmissions by 19 percent.

Thank you to all RARE participants for your dedication and commitment to reducing avoidable hospital readmissions. Learn more about the RARE Campaign. return to top  

MHA advocates for CMS to allow third-party premium payments

MHA submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) supporting the ability of third parties to financially support individuals’ costs associated with federally subsidized health coverage purchased through health insurance exchanges, like MNsure. CMS has urged health plans to reject premium or co-insurance payments from third parties on behalf of their insured.

MHA argued that CMS’s position will lead to the financially vulnerable losing health insurance when they most need care, thereby undermining goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). People eligible for federal premium tax credits earn less than 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Therefore, the population receiving federal subsidies are those who are most likely to have difficulty paying their premiums or high deductibles when they have unexpected injuries or illnesses. CMS’s position is that these individuals should lose their coverage even if a third party is willing to pay their costs of coverage.

“Third parties can spend unlimited amounts of money to influence political campaigns, but can’t pay anything to help a cancer patient keep her health insurance?” questioned Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO. “Health plans can terminate coverage for someone who really needs care because the person got financial help to pay the premium from a third party? It makes no sense.”  

For more information, contact Matt Anderson, MHA vice president of regulatory and strategic affairs, 651-659-1421. return to top  

MDH seeks agency to take over mobile medical unit program

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is ending its Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) project, a disaster medical response unit. MDH is looking for an eligible agency or nonprofit organization to accept the MMU which consists of a tractor, trailer, supply truck, and clinical supplies. Eligible parties interested in acquiring and continuing the MMU’s disaster response medical mission within the state can find additional information here and watch an overview video of the MMU and its capabilities.

MDH also seeks an agency or organization to accept the state’s six Disaster Portable Morgue Unit (DPMU) trailers and supplies that are used for fatality management following a disaster. Organizations with enclosed, protected space available, such as a public works garage, warehouse or similar facility are preferred.

To submit a formal request for the MMU assets or to offer DPMU storage, contact John Urbach, MDH Office of Emergency Preparedness, 651-201-5718. return to top  

Program seeks nominations to recognize best practices in patient and family engagement

The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) has launched an inaugural program to identify and recognize best practices in patient and family engagement (PFE). Advancing Excellence: Best Practices in Patient and Family Engagement aims to recognize leaders in patient-centered health care and share their stories broadly to help improve the quality of care across the country.

CAN is accepting nominations for the categories of hospital staff, patients and caregivers working collaboratively, and hospital and healthcare leadership. MHA member hospitals are encouraged to apply; the application deadline is May 23, 2014.

Applications are available here. For questions, contact Karen Roberts, Caregiver Action Network, 202-772-5050. return to top  

Program for administrative professionals provides training in Microsoft Office tools and cultural competency

MHA’s seventh annual program for health care administrative professionals will offer training in Microsoft Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and include a workshop on cultural competence in the health care industry.

Chicago, Illinois-based Microsoft Certified Trainer Melissa Esquibel will instruct participants in using Excel power tools including pivot tables and formulas, project management with Outlook tasks and calendars and quickly creating dynamic and interactive PowerPoint presentations.

Jonathan Stuart, Ph.D., a consultant and trainer for Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park will discuss the need for cultural competence in health care and provide case study scenarios to increase participants’ influence and professionalism in the workplace.

An early bird registration fee of $149 for members and $249 for nonmembers is available until May 22. The regular fee is $199 for members and $299 for nonmembers.

The program will take place on July 23 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. For more information, view the full brochure or click here and login to register online. return to top  

Understanding new compliance for chargemasters and coding changes

Two upcoming programs will provide participants with information on recent changes to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) work plan and coding changes impacting the chargemasters.

Both programs feature Health Care Consultant Glenda Schuler, who has an extensive background in chargemaster, billing and operations and more than 30 years of health care industry experience and expertise in health information, medical records, utilization review, patient access and business services.

“The OIG is Watching — Are You? Hospital Edition 2014-15” will help health care professionals understand health care fraud and abuse laws and the consequences of violating them. The program is scheduled for June 25. For more information, view the full brochure or click here and login to register.  

“Coding Changes Impacting the Chargemasters” focuses not only on the correct implementation of the 2014 CPT and HCPCS codes, but will provide an overview of the updates impacting nearly all clinical departments. The program is scheduled for June 26. For more information, view the full brochure or click here and login to register.

Both programs will be held at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. return to top  

MHA member hospitals recognized as great places to work

  • Minnesota hospitals were represented when Becker’s Healthcare announced its nationwide list of 150 Great Places to Work in Health Care for 2014. Criteria for selection included benefits offered, wellness initiatives, commitment to diversity and inclusion, professional development opportunities and work environments that promote employee satisfaction and a work-life balance. Four MHA member hospitals were recognized:
  •  Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester
  • Regions Hospital, St. Paul

Congratulations to our member hospitals. A comprehensive list of all winners can be found here. return to top  

Newsline schedule

Newsline will be published next Tuesday, May 27, after the Memorial Day holiday. return to top