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Untangle the Maze of CMS Pay-for-Performance Programs
Anatomy & Physiology of CMS Pay-for-Performance - August 25
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) pay-for-performance programs impact all acute care hospitals in the United States. Several programs directly impact the supply chain, including value-based purchasing, readmissions reduction, and the hospital acquired conditions penalty programs. Join AHRMM August 25 to decipher each of these program’s structure, measures, and specific payment connections through Federal Fiscal Year 2018 and proposed future changes.
 
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Provide Insight on Service Contracting for the University of Houston by July 6
The University of Houston launched a national study on service contracting and is seeking provider members’ (members working for a healthcare provider organization) participation.
 
Your response will be invaluable in helping the University of Houston team understand the best practices of service contracting in hospitals and benchmark these practices across different industries (e.g. healthcare, oil and gas, and manufacturing).The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. 
 
Responses will be kept confidential and results will only be reported in aggregate.  A detailed report of the national survey results will be provided to participants once the study is completed. Six $25 Amazon gift cards will be randomly awarded to survey participants. The survey closes Wednesday, July 6.
 
Or copy web link in your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/servicecontractingbauer
 
Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Term of the Month
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), commonly known as coronary angioplasty or simply angioplasty is one therapeutic procedure used to treat the stenotic (narrowed) coronary arteries of the heart found in coronary heart disease. These narrowed segments are due to the buildup of cholesterol-laden plaques that form due to atherosclerosis. PCI is usually performed by an interventional cardiologist.
 
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Agencies Issue Ransomware Prevention/Response Guidance
The departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services have issued technical guidance summarizing existing “best practices” to prevent and respond to ransomware incidents – when cyber actors use malicious software to deny access to systems or data and demand a ransom payment. The fastest growing malware threat, ransomware can disrupt health care services and damage sensitive data beyond recovery, the guidance notes. Recommended actions include educating personnel and implementing certain preventive and business continuity measures. If infected, organizations should immediately report incidents to their FBI Field Office Cyber Task Force or Secret Service field office for assistance, and to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, the agencies advised. For additional cybersecurity resources, visit www.aha.org/cybersecurity.
 
Source: AHA News Now – June 27, 2016

House Passes Zika Funding Agreement with Offsets
Last week the House of Representatives voted 239-171 to approve a conference report that includes $1.1 billion in emergency funding to prepare for and respond to the Zika virus. The bill (H.R. 2577) would divert $750 million in existing funding for Ebola, Department of Health and Human Services administration and health care exchanges in the territories to fight Zika. The Senate is expected to take up the measure next week where its passage is unclear. Senate Democrats have criticized the offsets and objected to other provisions in the measure. The AHA has urged congressional negotiators to quickly pass a conference report that provides $1.1 billion in new funding to prevent local transmission of the Zika virus and develop a vaccine, rather than repurposing funds from other public health programs.
 
Source: AHA News Now – June 23, 2016

Survey Highlights Hospitals’ Progress, Opportunities to Increase Equitable Care
Hospitals are making some progress to achieve health equity, but more work needs to be done, according to a biennial benchmarking survey released on June 22 by the AHA’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management. The survey found significant increases from 2013 in the percentage of hospitals that are using data on patient race, ethnicity and language to identify gaps in care and implement programs to improve quality. However, fewer than half of the hospitals surveyed used the data in this way. In addition, 80% of hospitals educate all clinical staff during orientation about how to address the unique cultural and linguistic factors affecting the care of patients, and 79% offer continuing education opportunities on cultural competence. While minorities represent 32% of hospital patients nationally in 2015, according to the survey, only 14% of hospital board members and 11% of executive leadership were minorities – similar to the results of the 2013 survey.
 
Source: AHA News Now – June 22, 2016

FEATURED MEMBER BENEFIT
AHRMM Request for Proposal (RFP) Library
The AHRMM RFP Library offers exclusive access to various RFPs that have been shared on the AHRMM Member ListServ or submitted via email to the ARHMM inbox.  
 
This resource is for AHRMM members only and has been archived online for your continuous use and convenience.
 
If you have an RFP you wish to add to the RFP Library please send it to ahrmm@aha.org. Please remove any contact information or details you would not like shared prior to submitting.
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