MHA Today | February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016
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In This Issue
House Committee Approves Perinatal Care Legislation
Hospital Life Safety Bill Advances
St. Louis County Considers Prescription Monitoring Program
Senate Advances Legislation On Patient Cost-Sharing And Price Transparency
CMS Provides OP-33 EBRT Flowchart
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HIDI Releases Management And Productivity Report
CDC Seeks Feedback From LTCHs And IRFs On Additional Training Needs

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


House Committee Approves Perinatal Care Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Legislation to create new state standards for the delivery of perinatal care was revised and approved by the House Select Committee on Social Services. The new version of House Bill 1875 now is ready for debate by the House of Representatives.

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Hospital Life Safety Bill Advances

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

A House committee has approved House Bill 2402 with an amendment favored by MHA. The legislation revises hospital licensure standards to reflect updated life safety and construction codes. It was developed in consultation with the Missouri Society of Hospital Engineers.

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St. Louis County Considers Prescription Monitoring Program

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

In light of state legislative opposition to creating a prescription drug monitoring program, the St. Louis County Council will consider a proposal to create its own local prescription drug monitoring initiative. The legislation will be sponsored by St. Louis County Councilman Sam Page, an anesthesiologist and former state legislator.

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Senate Advances Legislation On Patient Cost-Sharing And Price Transparency

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The Missouri Senate has given its final approval to Senate Bill 608. The underlying bill deals with incentives to promote price sensitivity among Medicaid enrollees, including a maximum $8 co-pay for nonemergency use of the hospital and charges for missed appointments. Senate amendments added provisions dealing with disclosure of price information by all providers and insurers. Amendments also stated that contracts between insurers and providers cannot prevent the patient from knowing the contracted amount if doing so impedes the patient’s assessment of the out-of-pocket cost for a service. The bill now advances to the House of Representatives.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Provides OP-33 EBRT Flowchart

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

To assist hospitals with the abstraction of OP-33: External Beam Radiotherapy for Bone Metastases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has developed a flowchart to aid in identifying the eligible population for the measure.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • Medicare reporting and returning of self-identified overpayments
  • comparative billing report on electrodiagnostic testing webinar
  • PECOS technical assistance contact information fact sheet
  • provider enrollment revalidation call
  • updated FAQs available for electronic health record incentive programs

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Management And Productivity Report

Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert

MHA-member hospitals that submitted fourth quarter data for the “Management & Productivity Report” can access their completed reports online through a secure, password-protected website. Access to this report is limited to hospitals that participate in HIDI’s voluntary management and productivity program. The reports are located at HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the “Management & Productivity” folder under the “Finance and Policy” tab. Contacts from the participating hospitals have been notified by email. Staff may download and save the reports to a secure location on their networks or PCs. The data are encrypted on the site and also during the transmission from HIDI. Once the data have been transferred, they must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures.

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Noteworthy


CDC Seeks Feedback From LTCHs And IRFs On Additional Training Needs

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

Long-term acute care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities currently are in the process of gathering and reporting health care personnel influenza vaccination data for the 2015-2016 season. A variety of training materials and webinar recordings are provided on the National Healthcare Safety Network website. As a supplement to live webinars, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking feedback from LTCHs and IRFs to determine if a one-hour, telephone-only Q&A session would be of interest to them. The CDC currently provides information for LTCHs and IRFs on its website. Interested providers are urged to contact Elizabeth Kalayil at ehk2@cdc.gov to facilitate planning a session.

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Consider This ...

In Kansas and Missouri, less than 49 percent of girls have received the human papillomavirus vaccine.

Source: The Kansas City Star