IHA Daily Briefing: July 9

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
HHS Announces Quality Summit; Nominations Due July 31
ASPR Pediatric Disaster Care Grants Available
HRSA Grant for Rural Residency Training; Webinar July 10
Briefly Noted


HHS Announces Quality Summit; Nominations Due July 31
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the formation of the Quality Summit, developed to create a discussion forum about how HHS can formulate a Health Quality Roadmap that will align and improve reporting on data and quality measures.

HHS will accept nominations for summit participants from July 9 through July 31. Approximately 15 non-government healthcare industry leaders will be selected, joining government stakeholders, to offer critical insight on the modernization of HHS’ quality programs that will build upon a patient-centered approach that increases competition, quality, and access to care. Summit participants will also discuss the task of identifying burdensome regulations and the mechanisms needed to improve providers’ abilities to deliver high-quality care to their patients.

The summit will be chaired by HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally renowned expert on healthcare quality and patient safety.


ASPR Pediatric Disaster Care Grants Available
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has made available two grants totaling $3 million to create Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence (COE). The COE will then serve as pilot sites for the creation of a Regional Pediatric Disaster Care Network. Hospitals and health systems that already have pediatric preparedness capabilities and the capacity to manage a larger geography of pediatric patients are encourage to apply. The application deadline is Aug. 27.


HRSA Grant for Rural Residency Training; Webinar July 10
The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for its Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program until Aug. 30. The THCGME Program provides funding to support the training of residents in a new or expanded primary care residency training program in rural and underserved communities. Approximately $120 million over two years will be dispersed to up to 61 eligible grantees. 

An application technical assistance webinar will take place July 10 from 1-2:30 p.m. CT.

Details of the funding opportunity can be found here.


Briefly Noted
IHA has issued a memo on several notices released by the Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) in May and June. Topics covered include: Reporting a newborn birth; Medicaid managed care updates; ordering, referring, prescribing National Provider Identifier delay; relative weights calculator correction and updated Medicaid practitioner fee schedule. HFS also has issued several Public Notices in June related to reimbursement for certain providers. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on the initial data from Alternative Payment Model (APM) entities. The tool includes 2019 Qualifying APM Participant and participation status in an APM that qualifies for the APM scoring standard. CMS also announced that the 2020 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System self-nominating period for qualified clinical data registries and qualified registries is now open. More information can be found in the QPP resource library.