IHA Daily Briefing: Feb. 12

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
CMS Releases Clinicians' MIPS Eligibility Status
Thirteen Illinois Hospitals Make Healthgrades List
S&R Hospitals Emergency Preparedness Webinar
Register for Next Week's IHA Ligature Risk Webinar


CMS Releases Clinicians' MIPS Eligibility Status
Clinicians are now able to check their eligibility to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2019 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) by accessing the Quality Payment Program (QPP) participation status tool. Clinicians will need to enter their National Provider Identifier (NPI) to use the tool.  

The test for eligibility will be based on data gathered from Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018, and has been updated to exclude the following groups from participation:

  • Those who billed $90,000 or less in Medicare payments for covered professional services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule; or
  • Those who furnished professional services to 200 or less Medicare Part B enrolled beneficiaries, or
  • Those who provided 200 or less professional services to Medicare Part B enrolled beneficiaries.

Clinicians can also elect to "opt in" to participate in MIPS if they exceed one or two, but not all, of the criteria.  


Thirteen Illinois Hospitals Make Healthgrades List
Healthgrades released its list of America’s Best Hospitals for 2019. The distinction is based on clinical quality outcomes for 32 conditions and procedures.

The Healthgrades analysis revealed that, on average, America’s Best Hospitals outperformed their peers in treating a core group of conditions that account for more than 80 percent of mortalities in areas evaluated, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis and stroke.

According to Healthgrades, patients treated in hospitals named as America’s Best Hospitals™ have, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award. If all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to America’s Best Hospitals, Healthgrades said that 168,165 lives could potentially have been saved.

Thirteen Illinois hospitals made list. Six of those hospitals were ranked in the top 50 hospitals list. One hospital was ranked in the top 100 list and the remaining six were ranked in the top 250 hospitals list.                         


S&R Hospitals Emergency Preparedness Webinar
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s (ASPR’s) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) is offering a complimentary webinar—Hospital-Based Incident Command Systems: Small and Rural Hospitals—on March 12 from 12-1:30 p.m. (CT). The webinar features speakers from small and rural (S&R) hospitals who have experienced a recent emergency and activated their hospital-based incident command systems. They will share a brief overview of their incident, describe how they implemented their incident command system, share lessons learned and tools for small and rural hospitals, and discuss how they have incorporated these lessons into their current systems and plans.

The program is limited to the first 1,000 registrants. Pre-registration is required.  


Register for Next Week's IHA Ligature Risk Webinar
Eliminating ligature risk is a key focus area for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission (TJC). As healthcare professionals, it is essential to understand compliance requirements and best practices for preventing patient self-harm.

To explore current and proposed recommendations and standards, register for Ligature Risks: Preventing Suicide and Ensuring Compliance with CMS and TJC Requirements, an IHA webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 9-11 a.m. Accreditation expert Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD, will lead the program. Calloway is currently president of Patient Safety and Healthcare Education and Consulting.

This webinar will cover:

  • Current and proposed requirements for CMS and TJC;
  • Practical compliance strategies to prevent patients from self-harm;
  • Compliance resources and FAQs on ligature risk; and
  • CMS' two tag numbers that set forth requirements to prevent ligature risks for patients with suicidal thoughts.


Register today.