MHA Today | February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders


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In This Issue
State Senate Approves Infection Control Measure
MMAC Issues Forged Prescription Alert
CMS Announces Physician Quality Measure Alignment Initiative

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


State Senate Approves Infection Control Measure

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri Senate has given its final approval to legislation that would update state laws governing infection control. Senate Bill 579 is a slightly updated version of a 2015 negotiated accord that would curtail duplicative state and federal reporting. MHA supports the bill. It now moves to the House of Representatives.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MMAC Issues Forged Prescription Alert

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance agency has issued a fraud alert relating to fraudulent prescriptions based on a forged template. The fraudulent prescriptions are for Oxycodone-Acetaminophen with quantities of 120 to 180 tablets. So far, the forged prescriptions have cited St. Louis providers and been presented in St. Louis and along Interstate 44 as far south as Springfield.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces Physician Quality Measure Alignment Initiative

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and America’s Health Insurance Plans have issued clinical quality metrics designed to support multipayer alignment of physician quality measures. Development of the metrics has been done under the auspices of a Core Quality Measures Collaborative. A fact sheet provides more details.

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Consider This ...

Individuals who have epilepsy and smoke increase their chances of having other serious health problems. About 20 percent of adults with active epilepsy, and almost 22 percent of adults with a history of epilepsy, smoke.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention