MHA Today | March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders


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In This Issue
U.S. House Committee Advances Provider Tax Rate Cut
MedPAC And MACPAC Issue March 2016 Reports To Congress
CMS Issues New Guidance For Organ Transplant Centers
HPOE Releases New Triple Aim Strategies Guide
CMS Announces IQR Education Session
CDC Issues Recommendations For Prescribing Opioids For Pain
Moberly Regional Medical Center Names New CEO

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


U.S. House Committee Advances Provider Tax Rate Cut

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee has voted to approve HR 4725 ― the “Common Sense Savings Act of 2016.” MHA opposes the bill. Its changes include a section that would reduce the federal cap on state provider taxes from the current 6 percent to 5.5 percent. Applying the new rate cap to the current Missouri state fiscal year would cut hospital provider tax revenues by $91.4 million. The lost revenue would be accompanied by a loss of $157.8 million in federal Medicaid matching funds at current match rates. The bill would have a similar consequence for Missouri’s nursing home provider tax, which also is at the federal rate cap.

Missouri Congressman Billy Long serves on the committee. In today’s committee “mark-up” session, an amendment to remove the provider tax rate reduction from the bill was defeated by a party-line vote of 19-28. The bill itself was approved by a party-line vote of 28-19. Rep. Long was among those voting against the amendment and for the bill.

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MedPAC And MACPAC Issue March 2016 Reports To Congress

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission have issued their March 2016 reports to Congress. MedPAC also has released a fact sheet with additional information.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Issues New Guidance For Organ Transplant Centers

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released survey and certification memo S&C 16-10-Transplant, which provides interpretive guidelines for organ transplant centers. The memo updates the organ transplant interpretive guidelines to incorporate previously published changes, clarify certain areas and address feedback received based on previously released drafts. The guidelines will be published in a new Appendix X of the State Operations Manual.

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Quality and Population Health


HPOE Releases New Triple Aim Strategies Guide

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Leslie Porth

The new Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence guide, “Triple Aim Strategies to Improve Behavioral Health Care,” describes strategies, action steps and examples for hospitals, health systems and community stakeholders to develop a well-coordinated, accessible, affordable and accountable system for delivering behavioral health care.

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CMS Announces IQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The next outreach and education webinar for participants in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Monday, March 28. The webinar, titled “Annual Requirements: DACA, HCP, Structural Measures, and QualityNet SA,” will provide insight on the annual submission requirements for the IQR Program. Registration is required.

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CDC Issues Recommendations For Prescribing Opioids For Pain

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Alison Williams

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued 12 new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative and end-of-life care. The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016, will help primary care providers ensure safe and effective treatment for their patients with chronic pain. Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association released numerous editorials and articles on opioids.

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CEO Announcements


Moberly Regional Medical Center Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

John Dawes John M. Dawes has been named CEO of Moberly Regional Medical Center, effective April 4. Dawes previously served as CEO of Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for 13 years and has more than 30 years of hospital administrative experience. He succeeds Les Luke, who had been serving as Interim CEO since August 2015 when Chris Jones resigned. A list of CEO changes is available online.


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Consider This ...

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. About 2 million people get sick every year with antibiotic-resistant infections in the U.S. and about 23,000 die.

Source: NBC News