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Free Member Forum to Explain ‘Public Charge’ Final Rule

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The Trump administration’s “public charge” final rule could significantly impact hospitals’ relationships with patients and the communities they serve. To help hospital staff better understand the rule, CHA will hold a members-only forum, “Public Charge Final Rule: How to Communicate with Patients,” Sept. 12 from 1-3 p.m. (PT).

The webinar will:

Mental Health Resources Available for Families of First Responders

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The Substances Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a series of fact sheets for the families of first responders, intended to help them understand and cope with the potential mental health issues that emergency personnel may face, and to help children understand their parents’ role at work.

CHA Issues Summary of CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

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CHA has issued a two-part summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule updating the Medicare physician fee schedule, quality payment program, and other Medicare Part B payment policies for calendar year 2020. Comments on the proposed rule are due Sept. 27.

Bill Clarifying Deadline for Anti-Harassment Training Passes Legislature

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A bill that would extend the deadline for providing sexual harassment prevention training to Dec. 31, 2020 — Senate Bill (SB) 778 (Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement) — passed the Assembly Floor earlier this week on a unanimous vote and has been sent to the Governor for action. He has until Oct. 13 to either sign or veto it.

Updates for the Week of Aug. 12

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released the following information:

Hospice Compare Quarterly Refresh Available; Measure Fact Sheet and Q&A Document
SNF Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Legislative Homestretch: Where We Stand

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Lawmakers returned from their summer break this week to finish out the legislative session, which ends in four short (or long, depending on how you see it) weeks. By Sept. 13, bills need to be voted on and sent to the Governor, who then has 30 days to act on them.

As we enter the homestretch, here’s where we stand on some of this year’s top priorities:

CHA DataSuite Issues Summary Analysis of Calendar Year 2020 Outpatient PPS Proposed Rule

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CHA DataSuite has issued a hospital-specific analysis detailing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calendar year (CY) 2020 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule. The analysis is intended to show providers how Medicare outpatient fee-for-service payments may change from CY 2019 to CY 2020 based on the policies set forth in the CY 2020 OPPS proposed rule, using the FFY 2020 inpatient prospective payment system final rule wage index.

Provider Claims Must Include Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers by End of Year

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In 2018 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) removed Social Security number-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) from Medicare cards and is now using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) for certain Medicare transactions, such as billing, eligibility status, and claim status. CMS is currently in a transition period through Dec. 31, during which either HICNs and MBIs can be submitted with claims.

Poster Submission Deadline Is Friday for HQI Annual Conference

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The deadline for submitting a poster for presentation at the 2019 Hospital Quality Institute Annual Conference is this Friday, Aug. 16. Selected posters will provide one presenter with a 20% discount on conference tuition.