February 28th Health Exec Briefing

MACRA Quality Payment Program’s first performance period gets underway
The first performance period of MACRA’s new Quality Payment Program officially began on January 1st looking to revamp how clinicians are paid for services to Medicare beneficiaries, emphasizing quality of care services rather than a fee-for-service framework. “People are still getting up to speed and learning what the rules of the road are,” Kate Goodrich, MD, Director of the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, during the HIMSS17 Conference.
(Health Data Management, February 22)

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February 21st Health Exec Briefing

Michigan health officials order McLaren Flint Hospital to address Legionella issues
According to the state health department, McLaren Flint Hospital was associated with 21 Legionella cases in 2014, 29 cases in 2015 and two cases in 2016. The CDC made recommendations to Genesee County and McLaren Flint in October and November 2016 on how to reduce Legionella in the water supply. The hospital invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment and ongoing testing and treatment.
(Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality, February 15)

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February 15th Health Exec Briefing

Value-based Care to Test Small, Rural Provider HIT in 2017
Small and rural facilities are significantly less prepared for value-based care models than their urban counterparts. A recent Government Agency Office report details many challenges faced by smaller, rural hospitals in its attempt to underscore this lack of preparation. Read about the challenges these hospitals face when preparing for the new payment model.
(EHR Intelligence, February 8)

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February 7th Health Exec Briefing

Rural Hospitals Remain Weak Spot in EHR Interoperability
Small, rural hospitals face challenges larger institutions hardly need to consider due to lack of financial and technological resources. The Office of the National Coordinator also found that smaller, rural, and critical access hospitals reported lower rates for sending, receiving, locating, and integrating data electronically.
(EHR Intelligence, January 30)

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January 31st Health Exec Briefing

CHS executives ink $60M settlement in investor suit
In an amended complaint, investors claimed Franklin, TN-based Community Health Systems executives caused the company to implement an unlawful inpatient admissions policy, which allegedly enabled CHS to artificially inflate reimbursement payments. A Tennessee federal judge approved a $60 million agreement to resolve the breach of fiduciary duty allegations.
(Becker’s Hospital Review, January 19)

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