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News (May 27, 2022) – CDC Issues Health Advisory for Monkeypox Virus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory for the monkeypox virus based on one confirmed case in Massachusetts. In addition, there are multiple outbreaks in countries where this virus is not endemic and there has been no recent travel history to high-risk areas. The CDC asks providers to remain vigilant about the disease and notify local public health should further investigation and testing be needed.

CMS Announces Preview Period for July 2022 Publicly Reported Data
The preview period for hospitals to review July 2022 publicly reported data ends Wednesday, June 15. The preview period is applicable for hospitals and facilities participating in the following programs.

  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting
  • Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting
  • Prospective Payment System Exempt Cancer Hospitals Quality Reporting

CMS Releases OQR Facility-Specific Reports for OIE Measures
Now available for hospitals participating in the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting program are facility-specific reports for calendar year 2023 payment determination for the following outpatient imaging efficiency measures. The FSRs include post-adjudicated data from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, which were used to calculate results for 2022 public reporting and CY 2023 payment determinations.

  • MRI Lumbar Spine for Low Back Pain (OP-8)
  • Abdomen CT — Use of Contrast Material (OP-10)
  • Cardiac Imaging for Pre-Operative Risk Assessment for Non-Cardiac, Low-Risk, Surgery (OP- 13)
  • Breast Cancer Screening Recall Rates (OP-39) (new for 2022)

The FSRs will be available until Wednesday, June 15. Additional information is available.

MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the following updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews: