MHA Today | February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016
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In This Issue
Committee Reviews Health Information Exchange Bill
Committee Considers Price Transparency Bill
State House Approves Bills
U.S. Senate Committee Considers Opioid Abuse
CMS Approves April Start For Iowa Medicaid Managed Care
CMS Updates OQR Program Known Issues Document
MHA Posts MACRA Resources
CMS Reschedules Rural Health Open Door Forum
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Names New President

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Committee Reviews Health Information Exchange Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

A House committee held a lengthy hearing on House Bill 1579 Tuesday evening. The bill would set new standards regarding health information organizations. The bill is supported by two regional health information organizations affiliated with Cerner, the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation and the Lewis and Clark Information Exchange. It is opposed by the Missouri Health Connection and its clientele.

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Committee Considers Price Transparency Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

A state House committee held a hearing on House Bill 2269, which would require various types of health care providers to disclose prices for common surgical and imaging services. In its testimony, MHA reviewed its new transparency website and its potential interface with the legislation.

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State House Approves Bills

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Yesterday, the state House of Representatives gave first-round approval to several health-related bills. House Bill 1850 would authorize the development of a center for compiling and analyzing data regarding the health care workforce. H.B. 1387 would add severe combined immunodeficiency to the list of genetic and metabolic disorders included in the state’s requirements for newborn disease screening. H.B. 1392 would change the frequency of state licensure inspection for hospices. H.B. 1565 would raise the value of assets that may be held without jeopardizing the Medicaid eligibility of aged, blind and disabled persons.

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U.S. Senate Committee Considers Opioid Abuse

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing Tuesday on legislation to address opioid abuse. A summary reviews testimony and legislator comments.

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CMS Approves April Start For Iowa Medicaid Managed Care

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved Medicaid waivers to authorize statewide Medicaid managed care in Iowa. The start date will be Friday, April 1. Previously, CMS had postponed a Jan. 1 start date because “some key requirements had not yet been met.”

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Updates OQR Program Known Issues Document

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the known issues document associated with the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program. The document has been updated with issue resolutions and newly identified issues. The document is available on QualityNet.

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MHA Posts MACRA Resources

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 makes sweeping changes to how Medicare will pay for physician services. The legislation repeals the flawed Medicare physician sustainable growth rate formula and provides predictable payment increases. The law also calls for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to implement a new two-track payment system for physicians and other eligible professionals. Visit MHAnet for additional information and resources.

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Noteworthy


CMS Reschedules Rural Health Open Door Forum

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has rescheduled the Rural Health Open Door Forum from Thursday, Feb. 25, to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3. The forum will provide an update on rural health clinic coding and review critical access hospital necessary provider designation documentation requirements. Dial 800/837-1935 and enter passcode 38296329 to participate.

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CEO Announcements


SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Names New President

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Steven Burghart has been named President of SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, effective March 28. Burghart most recently served as CEO of Holtz Children’s Hospital and The Women’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Fla. Burghart replaces Kathleen Becker, who was named President of SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital in September 2015. Damon Harbison, COO at Cardinal Glennon, also has been serving as Interim President since Becker’s departure. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Research shows that obese patients who lose just 5 percent of their body weight can reduce risks of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and improve metabolic function in the liver, fat and muscle tissue.

Source: Washington University School of Medicine – St. Louis