MHA Today | March 3, 2016

March 3, 2016
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In This Issue
State House Advances Prescription Drug Monitoring Legislation
House Approves Perinatal Standards Bill
House Finishes Work On Infection Control Bill
Committee Reviews Consent For Treatment Bill
State Releases February 2016 General Revenue Report
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HIDI Hosts Monthly Focus Session Highlighting Community Health Reports
TJC Announces CSTK Updates
JAMA Publishes Cardiac Arrest Article
Study Finds Hospital Readmission Rates Are Declining

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state and federal health policy developments


State House Advances Prescription Drug Monitoring Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri House of Representatives has given its final approval to House Bill 1892, which would authorize the creation of a state prescription drug monitoring system. It was approved by a vote of 87-66; 82 votes are needed for passage. The bill now moves to the Missouri Senate.

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House Approves Perinatal Standards Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Legislation to create new state standards for perinatal care (House Bill 1875) has been given first-round approval by the Missouri House of Representatives.

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House Finishes Work On Infection Control Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The state House of Representatives has given its final approval to House Bill 1855. The bill would update state laws governing infection control, and 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 Missouri Senate, which has passed an identical bill.

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Committee Reviews Consent For Treatment Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

A House committee held a hearing on House Bill 2502. Dubbed the “Designated Health Care Decision-maker Act,” the bill would set new standards for the process of gaining consent for treatment of those incapacitated to make their own decisions. Proponents included the Missouri Bar, Missouri Catholic Conference, Missouri Right to Life and MHA. The Missouri Family Policy Council expressed opposition to the measure.

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State Releases February 2016 General Revenue Report

Staff Contact: Steven Renne

State general revenue collections in February 2016 decreased 0.5 percent compared to February 2015. Fiscal year 2016 general revenue collections increased by 3.0 percent compared to last year.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


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.

  • ICD-10 next steps toolkit
  • program integrity enhancements to the provider enrollment process
  • Medicare fee-for-service program mandatory payment reduction of 2 percent continues until further notice
  • multiple same-day surgeries and modifier 51 video
  • home health prospective payment system booklet revisions

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Hosts Monthly Focus Session Highlighting Community Health Reports

Staff Contacts: Steve Warchol or Leslie Porth

HIDI and MHA are hosting a free webinar at 1 p.m. Friday, March 4, to discuss HIDI’s community health reports that are available on HIDI Analytic Advantage®. The reports provide county-specific community health composite rankings and metrics. Leslie Porth, MHA’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Quality Initiatives, will provide guidance on the Affordable Care Act-mandated community health needs assessment requirements, as well as HIDI reports that support the CHNA process. The webinar is part of HIDI’s monthly focus sessions, which are free to any hospital team member. Registration is required.

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Quality And Population Health


TJC Announces CSTK Updates

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The bi-annual update to the Comprehensive Stroke (CSTK) Performance Measurement Implementation Guide (effective with discharges on and after Jan. 1) has been posted on The Joint Commission’s website. TJC notified accredited hospitals that data collection of CSTK-07: Median Time to Revascularization is suspended, effective Jan. 1, until further notice. The suspension is retroactive for discharges on or after Jan. 1, and follows reports from CSTK centers of data collection issues involving First Pass data elements. Questions regarding the CSTK implementation guide or suspension of CSTK-07 can be referred to the Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum.

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JAMA Publishes Cardiac Arrest Article

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Leslie Porth

A recent publication in the Journal of American Medical Association looks at the quality of in-hospital processes surrounding in-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes. JAMA’s finding concludes the quality of guideline-based care for IHCA significantly varies among U.S. hospitals and is associated with patient survival and neurologic outcomes.

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Noteworthy


Study Finds Hospital Readmission Rates Are Declining

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Leslie Porth

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that hospital readmission rates for Medicare patients with targeted conditions fell from 21.5 percent in 2007 to 17.8 percent in 2015, while readmission rates for nontargeted conditions fell from 15.3 percent to 13.1 percent. The report found increased use of observational stays during the study period, although, within hospitals, there was no significant correlation between changes in observation stays and readmissions after the Affordable Care Act was implemented.

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Consider This ...

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, more than 136,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 die of the disease.

Source: PreventCancer.org