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 September 2017

  

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                                                   ADVOCACY                                                   

 

Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Obamacare Repeal Bill Introduced

 

On Wednesday, September 13th, Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced a new plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

 

The plan would repeal the individual and employer mandate, eliminate the increased FMAP for Medicaid expansion, convert Medicaid to a per capita cap model, and repeal many of the ACA’s taxes. 

 

It also includes a full repeal of federal premium subsidies and a new block grant program that would allow states to implement their own versions of health reform. 

 

The block grant funds, which would be distributed to states based on current health care spending levels, could be used by states for premium subsidies on the exchange, direct payments to providers, and even coverage of the Medicaid expansion population (with certain limitations). Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told reporters he has nearly enough votes to secure the bill’s passage.


                                                   FINANCE                                                   
 

Trauma Center Finance Consultation Visit

TCAA is now offering Trauma Center Finance Consultation Visits to assist trauma centers with the intricacies of trauma billing. The purpose of the visit is to review hospital billing practices for accurate and complete reporting of costs associated with trauma cases.

 

                                               OPERATIONS                                                

 

Coming Soon:

  • FAST Exams
  • EMTALA
  • Trauma Education
  • Trauma Medical Director FTE's and Responsibilities
  • Trauma Marketing Post-Trauma Review

Recently Closed - Pending Report:

  • PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Utilization of NP's and Billing Practices
  • Utilization of Case Managers & Nurse Navigators
  • Trauma Program FTE's
  • Dashboards and PI Reports
  • Registrars Work At Home

Report now available:

  • Pre-hospital IV's
  • Disaster Preparedness

ASPR TRACIE New Health Care Coalition Resources

 

ASPR’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) recently added new tools and templates for health care coalitions (HCCs). These new resources will help improve HCC preparedness efforts, decision making processes, and operational planning.

 

Trauma Centers are encouraged to review the new Hospital Disaster Pharmacy Calculator. This calculator allows hospitals to estimate whether they have adequate supplies of medications for a disaster in stock. The user inputs facility details and based on the medication category and type, the calculator compares the amount of medications available to an estimate of those needed for 48 hours per patient and determines whether the hospital has a surplus or deficit in specific categories.


Coming Soon….Standards and Indicators for Model Hospital Level I and II Trauma Center Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) Programs

 

TCAA is proud to join forces with peers in a Trauma Center Injury Prevention Steering Committee led by Safe States and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) through sponsorship by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Steering Committee focused on three key activities:

 

  • Conducting an environmental scan and survey to describe the current landscape of Level I and Level II Trauma Center IVP programs and enumerate current efforts
  • Convening and conducting a stakeholder roundtable to develop consensus regarding the essential foundational capacities of Trauma Center IVP programs and the ideal alignment and collaboration with state and local public health IVP programs and efforts
  • Developing standards and indicators for model Trauma Center IVP programs for each foundational capacity

TCAA is pleased to announce the formation of the Military-Civilian Committee

 

The first Military-Civilian Committee meeting will take place on Monday, September 25th. The purpose of the Military-Civilian Committee is to potentiate Mission-Zero and other military-civilian collaboration throughout the trauma community. The Committee will work to achieve the following goals:

 

  • To educate the trauma community on the magnitude of the preventable death problem
  • Elucidate how military-civilian collaboration reduces preventable deaths and discuss optimization of these collaborations in all areas of potential mutual benefit
  • Discuss how military trauma centers could be created and how they could be successful within their communities.

We are excited about this new initiative and look forward to seeing this Committee in action. Please feel free to contact Kayla Barna with any questions, comments, or suggestions.


Upcoming October Committee Meetings:
Oct 3rd - Member Services Committee Oct 18th - Injury Prevention Committee
Oct 3rd - Advocacy Committee Oct 24th - Committee Chairs
Oct 17th - Finance Committee Oct 25th - Systems Committee

 

                                                 EDUCATION                                                 

 

Webinars:

  • September 28th - 1:00 PM ET: Business Email Compromise, A webinar presented by FBI Special Agent
  • October 26th - 1:00 PM ET: Trauma Finances WebinarPresented by Valerie Rinkle, MPA & Jennifer Ward, MBS, BSN, RN

Upcoming Trauma Events/Conferences:

  • Neurocritical Care Society 15th Annual Meeting:  October 10 - 13, 2017
  • 9th Annual Pediatric Acute Wound Management and Suturing Conference:  October 12 - 13, 2017
  • 20th Annual Southeastern Trauma Symposium:  October 19 - 20, 2017
  • Pediatric Trauma Society 4th Annual Meeting:  November 2 - 4, 2017
  • NASEM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies:  November 2 - 3, 2017
  • The 2017 San Diego Day of Trauma:  November 3, 2017
  • TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training:  November 11 - 13, 2017
  • 9th Annual Southwest Trauma and Acute Care Symposium:  November 16 - 17, 2017
  • TCAA 21st Annual Trauma Conference - April 29 - May 4, 2018

View our event page (here) for additional information regarding the events listed above. 



                                              DID YOU KNOW?                                        

 

You asked, we listened! In response to suggestions received from our Member Survey, we have expanded our webinar capacity to allow every member organization access to our free webinars.


Lapel Pins Are Now Available For Purchase Online!

 

TCAA lapel pins, in two designs, are now available for purchase online.
View the items in our store by clicking the image below.

 


TCAA Would Like To Welcome Our Newest Member:

 

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital


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