The mission of the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) is to be the influential and unified voice for Nebraska’s hospitals and health systems, providing leadership and resources to enhance the delivery of quality patient care and services to Nebraska communities.
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News & Announcements
Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today launched Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies, a year-long sweepstakes open to parents and guardians of Nebraska newborns in recognition of the state’s 150th birthday celebration, which began Jan. 1. Stenberg said a parent or guardian of a Nebraska newborn will be chosen at random to receive a $529 contribution to a Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) account for the newborn each month of 2017. In all, 12 winners will be selected at random from entries submitted to the sweepstakes. The winners will be announced throughout the year. Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies has been approved by the Nebraska 150 Celebration as an Official Program of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial. The sweepstakes is sponsored by NEST, Nebraska’s state-sponsored 529 college savings program. NEST is a division of the State Treasurer’s Office. First National Bank of Omaha is program manager.
Heritage Health is a new health care delivery system that combines Nebraska’s current physical health, behavioral health, and pharmacy programs into a single comprehensive and coordinated system for Nebraska’s Medicaid and CHIP clients. As a result of this transition, there is a new Nebraska Tobacco Quitline fax referral form (attached) that health care providers will need to use when referring their patients to the Quitline. The process and tobacco cessation/nicotine replacement therapy benefits remain unchanged for Heritage Health (Medicaid) patients. Both of these forms are available at www.QuitNow.ne.gov under the Health Care Providers tab.
Key dates for the 2017 Nebraska Legislature
• March 8 -- Deadline for Speaker priority bill requests
• March 9 -- Deadline for committee & senator priority bill designations
• March 13 -- Speaker priority bills announced
• March 23 -- Deadline to complete bill hearings
• March 28 -- Full-day floor debate begins
• April 24 -- Budget bills must be on General File
• May 10 -- Budget bills must be passed
• June 2 -- Sine die adjournment
Heritage Health, the state’s new integrated managed care delivery system, began on January 1, 2017. Effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2017, all Medicare crossover claims for Heritage Health plans’ enrolled members will become the responsibility of the member’s health plan. This includes both claims from Medicare Advantage Plans and traditional Medicare. Due to the federal testing schedule, the health plans will not have the automated crossover process implemented until approximately the end of February 2017. The health plans will need to complete approximately two months of testing before Medicare crossover claims are approved to be sent automatically from Medicare to the health plans for processing.
The MOON is a standardized notice to inform beneficiaries (including Medicare health plan enrollees) that they are an outpatient receiving observation services and are not an inpatient of the hospital or critical access hospital (CAH). The MOON is mandated by the Federal Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act), passed on August 6, 2015. The NOTICE Act requires all hospitals and CAHs to provide written and oral notification under specified guidelines. UPDATE: Full instructions related to MOON implementation have been issued. The updated policy instructions, “CR9935 MOON Instructions,” are available under Downloads section. The MOON instructions will be included as Section 400 of Chapter 30 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual.
CMS informed Medicare Advantage plans of the MOON instructions via a Health Plan Management System email blast. MA plans are to follow the MOON instructions available under "Downloads". All hospitals and CAHs are required to provide the MOON, per CMS guidance, beginning no later than March 8, 2017.
Heritage Health, the state's new integrated managed care delivery system, began on January 1, 2017. The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care (MLTC) has been hosting daily conference calls with providers and member advocates. To continue facilitating a smooth transition we have added two more weeks of provider calls.
The Nebraska Hospital Association Research and Educational Foundation (NHAREF) is excited to announce the recipients of the 2016 Graduate Studies Tuition Aid Program and the Undergraduate Health Care Career Scholarship Program.
The 2016 NHA Workforce Report is now available. In January, we collected vacancy and turnover rates for key healthcare positions from NHA members. This information was compiled to create this report.