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August 2018

  

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ADVOCACY

TCAA’s Advocacy in Action: Revenue Code 068x Remains the Same

 

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, the National Uniform Billing Committee (NUBC) held a meeting to discuss requests for changes and other billing issues. The Committee added Revenue Code 068x to the agenda to examine and clarify whether the requirement is the trauma team must be activated prior to the patient’s arrival or whether the requirement is notification to the hospital from pre-hospital caregivers prior to arrival. The current usage note for this revenue code states “Notification of key hospital personnel in response to triage information from pre-hospital caregivers in advance of the patient’s arrival.”

In 2001, TCAA requested a trauma team response revenue code for the trauma team activation (Revenue Code 068x) and the related notes. TCAA leadership had the opportunity to submit comments and attend the August 7th meeting. TCAA declared the note was not intended to require assembly of the full trauma team prior to the patient’s arrival. On Wednesday, August 8th the NUBC confirmed there will be no changes to Revenue Category 068x.

TCAA will continue to provide updates on the status of the revenue code as they are made available.


National Quality Forum's Trauma Outcomes Committee 

 

On June 11, 2018, the National Quality Forum (NQF) issued a Call for Nominations to begin the process of forming the National Quality Forum's Trauma Outcomes Committee. The Committee is charged with conducting an environmental scan of trauma related measures and concepts for use in developing recommendations for measuring trauma care at the population level. The NQF selected approximately 25 individuals to serve for one year, and the Committee is comprised of individuals with trauma expertise from various stakeholder groups including professionals, public health experts, suppliers and purchasers.

 

We are pleased to announce Carol Immermann, Nursing Manager at Mayo Clinic and Dr. James (Trey) Eubanks, III, Surgeon-in-Chief at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center were invited to join the Trauma Outcomes Committee on behalf of TCAA. In addition, Ms. Immermann will serve as Committee Co-Chair. The full committee roster is available at www.qualityforum.org. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Immermann and Dr. Eubanks.


Carol Immermann, BSN, CEN

James W. Eubanks III, MD, FACS


Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies

 

TCAA is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Preparedness Forum and attended a workshop hosted by NASEM on March 20 and 21, 2018. The discussion focused on the private sector’s role in disaster response. On August 3, 2018, NASEM released the proceedings of the workshop titled Engaging the Private-Sector Health Care System in Building Capacity to Respond to Threats to the Public's Health and National Security: Proceedings of a Workshop.


ASPR Statement on Nerve Agents

 

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, and Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Emergency Medical Services issued a statement on the protocol for exposure to chemical agents. The document explains how to identify the signs and symptoms of nerve agent exposure versus symptoms resulting from opioid exposure. It also provides instruction on who to contact in the event emergency responders come in contact with an individual exposed to nerve agents and protective equipment which should be worn. It further addresses treatment options and instructs emergency responders to follow treatment protocol. Click here for the full document and a list of additional resources.


CMS Rule Requires Online Posting of Hospital Charges

 

On August 2nd, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a proposal which will require hospitals to publish a list of standard charges online annually. CMS has not yet determined how they will enforce the guidelines, but compliance will be addressed in future rulemaking. Our team of lobbyists at Winning Strategies Washington provided a summary which includes background, requirements, CMS’ response to comments and the final proposal. Click here for the full summary, and feel free to contact TCAA with questions or concerns.


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DID YOU KNOW?

TCAA All-Call for Academic Projects

 

Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) provides an online directory of resources for members and non-members at www.traumacenters.org. Included in the directory of resources are academic projects, papers and/or presentations which are used as references for guidance on various topics related to trauma.

 

TCAA invites members and non-members to submit academic projects to be included in the online directory of resources. The TCAA Member Services Committee will review and evaluate all projects and notify individuals as projects are selected. For more information on the process and for general questions, feel free to contact Deb Myers, TCAA Director of Education and Projects by email at deb@traumacenters.org or by phone at 704-360-4665.


TCAA Member News

 

We offer our members the opportunity to promote announcements (successful verification, awards, etc.) from their organizations. Simply fill out this online form and we will share your news on our social media sites and include it in our newsletter.


TCAA Would Like To Welcome Our Newest Members:

Adventist Health Castle (Castle Medical Center) - Kailua, HI

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt - Nashville, TN

Kadlec Regional Medical Center - Richmond, WA

St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center - McCall, ID

Marietta Memorial Hospital - Marietta, OH

SEARHC Mount Edgecumbe Hospital - Stitka, AK

Shannon Medical Center - San Angelo, TX

North Mississippi Medical Center - Tupelo, MS


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