CHI News Update
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June 27, 2013
Note: ULH/JGBCC employees will not be able to access all of the links in this issue since they are not yet connected to the CHI Connect program.
Call for Sacred Stories
Action: Consider submitting a story
CHI promotes a workplace spirituality in which we can come closer, through our work, to becoming aware of our God working with us and through us in the most ordinary, everyday activities of our work. The publication Sacred Stories provides a glimpse into the lived spirituality of CHI’s ministry culture and has become a hallmark of the organization.
To begin development of the 15th edition of Sacred Stories, all employees are invited to submit stories by Oct. 4. Information on the process and guidelines for submitting stories using the required consent form are available on the Sacred Stories page of Inside CHI.
CHI Leaders Meet with CMS on
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires direct physician supervision for most hospital outpatient therapies. CMS has not been enforcing this rule for critical access hospitals (CAHs) but intends to do so beginning January 1, 2014. CHI leaders representing advocacy, quality, clinical operations and CAHs met with Liz Richter, deputy director of the Center for Medicare, and CMS staff last week in Baltimore to urge CMS to recognize the unique circumstances of CAHs and continue to allow general physician supervision of CAH outpatient therapies.
CHI presented CMS with data demonstrating the safety of continuing to allow general supervision, using several CPT codes for IV infusions as an example. Nineteen of CHI's 23 CAHs participated in the data collection project. CHI discussed shortages of physicians and non-physician practitioners that prevent CAHs from meeting direct supervision requirements; the need to retain access to services in local communities; and the conflict between requiring a physician onsite for outpatient therapies when CAH Conditions of Participation allow a physician to be present within 30 minutes of being called for an emergency. Discussions with CMS will continue as part of the 2014 Outpatient Prospective Payment System rulemaking process.
Managed Document Services Pages
on Inside CHI
New pages for Managed Document Services, formerly known as Print Services, are now on Inside CHI. The new pages have links to the department's main projects, including Project GreenPrint and GreenPrint Express. There is also a link to policies and procedures for Managed Document Services.
New Issue of OneCare's For the Record
A new issue of For the Record, an electronic update about CHI's OneCare program, is available on Inside CHI.