MHA Offering Occupational Mix Survey Webinar

The MHA is hosting an educational webinar at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 to assist hospitals in completing the 2022 occupational mix survey. The webinar is available free of charge but registration is required.

The survey must be submitted 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 being used to adjust the Medicare wage index for fiscal years 2025, 2026 and 2027.

Hospitals are encouraged to review their completed 2019 survey and determine whether there have been payroll changes, new job codes or job descriptions added, etc., to streamline the completion process when sorting the required 2022 data into the various occupational mix categories. It is important to note that contact labor should be included in the various categories of the survey.

Members with questions should contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA. Members needing assistance with registration should contact Crystal Mitchell at the MHA.

Member Feedback Requested on Rural Emergency Hospital Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule June 30 that would establish conditions of participation (CoPs) that Rural Emergency Hospitals (REHs) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This proposed rule also includes changes to the Critical Access Hospital CoPs. Proposed payment and enrollment policies, quality measure specifications and quality reporting requirements for REHs will be included in future rulemaking. The CMS also modifies the provider agreement regulations to include REHs. The public comment period will end Aug. 29.

The MHA has been working closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) over the past few months to develop the licensure criteria and conversion process for eligible facilities in Michigan to convert to an REH after Jan. 1, 2023. The MHA will develop a comment letter in response to the proposed rule and share a draft with small/rural members prior to submission. To include input from Michigan hospitals eligible to convert to an REH in its comments, the MHA has created a brief survey to collect critical feedback that should be submitted by Aug. 1. Members with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact Lauren LaPine at the MHA.