News to Know – May 22, 2023

  • The MHA and Endorsed Business Partner AMN Healthcare Language Services are hosting the webinar New Organizational Responsibilities in Health Equity Regulation: ACA Section 1557 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET June 14. Carla Fogaren, National Language Access Consultant and Vice President of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, will provide an overview of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and identify requirements for language access compliance; outline key requirements of Section 1557 for testing bilingual clinical staff and how to explore solutions and resources to support testing; and walkthrough new provisions related to translations, clinical algorithms, Medicare Part B and Section 1557 Coordinator. There is no cost to attend and members can register Members with questions may contact Rob Wood at the MHA.
  • Completed 2022 occupational mix surveys must be submitted by acute care hospitals paid under the Medicare prospective payment system to the Medicare Administrative Contractor by June 30, 2023. Hospitals are required to complete the survey every three years, with results from the 2022 survey to be used to adjust the Medicare wage index for fiscal years 2025, 2026 and 2027. Hospitals are encouraged to review their 2019 survey and determine whether there have been payroll changes, new job codes or job descriptions added, etc., to streamline the completion process. It is important to note that contact labor should be included in the various categories of the survey. Resource materials from the educational webinar hosted by the MHA in late January are available upon request. Members with questions should contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA.