Reminder: Tomorrow is deadline to submit IPF payment update appeals   10/11/2013
Oct. 12 is the last day inpatient psychiatric facilities can request an appeal if they were notified that they may be subject to a 2 percentage point reduction in their annual payment update for fiscal year 2014. Affected facilities were notified by a certified letter dated Sept. 13 and may appeal by faxing or mailing a reconsideration request form to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contractor Telligen by Oct. 12. The reconsideration request form and associated reference guide are available on QualityNet. IPFs and separately licensed, distinct-part psychiatric units in acute care hospitals paid under the IPF prospective payment system must comply with all data submission requirements and deadlines in the IPF quality reporting program to receive a full payment update in FY 2014 and beyond. Questions about the reconsideration process and IPF quality reporting program may be directed to Telligen at (888) 961-6425 or IPF-PCHQRSupport@Telligen.org.
AHA to co-host webinar on leadership role in organ donation excellence   10/11/2013
AHA, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance will sponsor a free Oct. 28 webinar for hospital executives on “Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Donation Excellence through Leadership.” Among other speakers, AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock and ACHE President and CEO Deborah Bowen will discuss how hospitals, the AHA and state hospital associations “can work together to save lives.” For more information and to register for the webinar, from 4-5 p.m. Eastern Time, click here.
Hospitals given extra week to complete AHA RACTrac survey   10/11/2013
The AHA has extended to Oct. 18 the deadline for hospitals to submit data to its quarterly RACTrac survey. The free web-based survey helps AHA gauge the impact of Medicare's Recovery Audit Contractor program on hospitals and advocate for needed changes. To register for the survey or for technical assistance, participants should contact RACTrac support at (888) 722-8712 or ractracsupport@providercs.com. For more on the survey, including the latest results, visit www.aha.org/ractrac.
California enacts new hospital fee program, lifts Medicaid rate freeze   10/11/2013
California hospitals will receive more than $10 billion in additional Medicaid funds over the next three years through a new hospital fee program signed into law Monday by the governor, the California Hospital Association reports. The legislation (SB 239) requires the state to use federal matching funds raised by the fee for supplemental Medi-Cal payments to hospitals and health care coverage for children. It also eliminates Medi-Cal cuts for non-rural hospital-based skilled nursing facilities, and lifts a rate freeze for other Medicaid providers that resulted in a payment shortfall for hospitals of more than $5 billion in 2012. CHA President and CEO Duane Dauner said the new law will provide “greater access to vital health care services as the state’s hospitals prepare for implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.” CHA also supports a 2014 ballot initiative that would make permanent the hospital fee program and the use of the funds as intended.