MHA Today | March 24, 2016

March 24, 2016
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In This Issue
Insurer Initiative Targets Provider Directories
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HHS Secretary Announces Diabetes Initiative
White House Pushes States On Opioid Action
DHS And HHS Encourage Vigilance After Belgium Terrorist Attacks
CenterPointe Hospital And Signature Psychiatric Hospital Name New CEOs

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Insurer Initiative Targets Provider Directories

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade association representing insurers, has announced a pilot initiative to test ways to “improve the efficiency and accuracy of provider directories.” One component includes a centralized portal for providers to submit network directory changes for multiple insurers. Twelve insurers in California, Indiana and Florida are participating in the six-month pilot project. AHIP has issued FAQ responses.

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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.

  • Medicare costs at-a-glance: 2016 educational tool revisions
  • interactive mapping Medicare disparities tool
  • next generation accountable care organization model second application cycle: letter of intent due May 2
  • open payments 2016: prepare to review reporting data call


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Quality and Population Health


HHS Secretary Announces Diabetes Initiative

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Alison Williams

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that Medicare's diabetes prevention pilot program saved the government money and reduced the risk of prediabetes. Burwell requests that the project be implemented nationally, an authority that the Affordable Care Act granted to the HHS secretary.

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White House Pushes States On Opioid Action

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth, Alison Williams or Daniel Landon

This week, the White House sent letters to state governors highlighting best practices that states can take to address the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. The letters emphasized the need for Congress to approve Obama’s $1.1 billion budget request to expand access to medication-assisted treatment and counseling for patients with opioid use disorders. The letters were co-signed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Director Michael Botticelli, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Secretary Sylvia Burwell and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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DHS And HHS Encourage Vigilance After Belgium Terrorist Attacks

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The U.S. departments of Homeland Security and Health & Human Services are encouraging hospitals to review and exercise their security plans following Monday’s terror attacks in Belgium. The departments stated, “Incidents like this give us another opportunity to review our response plans with our employees for situational awareness, maintaining vigilance for behaviors, objects and activities that depart from the norm of their experience, that are out of place for the area, that prompt suspicion, or that otherwise raise safety or security concerns.” DHS has released an additional preparedness resource.

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CEO Announcements


CenterPointe Hospital And Signature Psychiatric Hospital Name New CEOs

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Susan Mathis was named CEO of CenterPointe Hospital in St. Charles, effective Feb. 3. Mathis previously served as COO/Chief Nurse Executive for 10 years at the hospital.

Dennis Anderson was named CEO of Signature Psychiatric Hospital in Kansas City, effective Feb. 9. Anderson served as Administrator at the hospital for the past year.

Dr. Azfar Malik, former CEO, continues serving as Chief Medical Officer at both hospitals, as well as President of CenterPointe Behavioral Health System. Buddy Turner is the CEO of CenterPointe Behavioral Health System. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

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Source: HealthDay News/UPI