MHA Today | March 10, 2016

March 10, 2016
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In This Issue
FRA Reauthorization Gets Committee Review
Supplemental Appropriations Bill Advances
House Completes Budget Work
MHA Releases Issue Brief: Medicare Part B Prescription Drug Model Proposal
CMS Announces QualityNet Secure Portal Downtime
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Governor Urges Missourians To Prepare For Severe Weather

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


FRA Reauthorization Gets Committee Review

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

A Senate committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 1080, which would reauthorize the hospital Federal Reimbursement Allowance and other state provider taxes. The bill would renew the provider taxes for an additional three years, to Sept. 30, 2019. A two-year reauthorization has been approved by a House committee.

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Supplemental Appropriations Bill Advances

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The House Budget Committee has approved House Bill 2014, an appropriation bill to provide funding for unanticipated spending during the current state fiscal year, which ends June 30. The supplemental spending request totals $489 million, with $306.6 million coming from the general revenue fund. Approximately 88 percent of the general revenue request stems from Medicaid expenditures. The committee developed a new version of the bill. It retains the full amount of funding requested for Medicaid hospital payments.

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House Completes Budget Work

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The state House of Representatives has given final approval to the 13 appropriation bills that create the state’s operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The bills now move to the Senate for review.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Releases Issue Brief: Medicare Part B Prescription Drug Model Proposal

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced a proposed rule that focuses on testing new models to improve how Medicare pays for prescription drugs. The proposed model is designed to test different physician and patient incentives to drive the prescribing of effective drugs and test new payment approaches to reward positive patient outcomes. MHA has published an issue brief with additional details.

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CMS Announces QualityNet Secure Portal Downtime

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The QualityNet Secure Portal will be unavailable for scheduled maintenance from 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, through 5 a.m. Monday, March 14. This may affect submissions to the data warehouses and use of QualityNet applications. In addition, extended maintenance will be performed on the portal beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, until 10:59 p.m. Monday, March 21. Both QualityNet.org and the portal will be unavailable during that time. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will provide advanced notification if the hours deviate from the planned schedule.

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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.

  • testing of new Medicare Part B prescription drug models
  • 2016 value modifier results and upward payment adjustment factor
  • new short-term acute care program for evaluating payment patterns electronic report available
  • attest to 2015 electronic health record program requirements by March 11


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Noteworthy


Governor Urges Missourians To Prepare For Severe Weather

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

With Severe Weather Awareness Week being next week (March 14-18), Gov. Nixon has issued a news release urging Missourians to be prepared for severe weather. The news release also announces funding to build tornado safe rooms in six locations around the state, as well as outdoor warning sirens in four other locations.

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Consider This ...

Today is World Kidney Day. One in three Americans is at risk for developing kidney disease. High blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading causes for developing the disease.

Source: www.kidney.org