MHA Today | April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders


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In This Issue
Senate Committee Advances Medicaid Managed Care Reform Bill
House Committee Advances STEMI/Stroke Certification Bill
Committees Address Hospital Regulatory Concerns
House Approves Life Safety Code Legislation
Senate Advances Helipad Fencing Bill
House Approves Legislative Proposals
Departments Announce New Summary Of Benefits And Coverage
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
AAMC Report Predicts Physician Shortage

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state and federal health policy developments


Senate Committee Advances Medicaid Managed Care Reform Bill

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

This morning, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee finished hearing and voted do pass on Senate Bill 1111, the Medicaid Managed Care Reform legislation sponsored by Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla). The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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House Committee Advances STEMI/Stroke Certification Bill

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

Yesterday, the House Committee on Health and Mental Health Policy voted do pass on House Bill 2518, which is legislation that would streamline duplicative regulations on trauma, ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and stroke centers. The legislation now moves to the Select Committee on Social Services.

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Committees Address Hospital Regulatory Concerns

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

While approving new versions of bills, Senate committees have addressed several potential hospital concerns. The Committee on Seniors, Families and Children approved Senate Bill 1101 after eliminating a requirement that “mandated reporters” of child abuse and neglect — which includes hospital and clinic personnel involved in patient treatment — would have to annually attend two hours of training on medical forensics related to child abuse. Another committee’s version of Senate Bill 1010 clarifies that schools, hospitals and nursing homes will not be compelled to participate in “farm-to-table” initiatives that set quotas on the use of locally-grown food products.

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House Approves Life Safety Code Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The state House of Representatives has given its final approval to House Bill 2376 and sent the bill to the Senate. Earlier this week, it was amended to revise hospital licensure standards to reflect updated life safety and construction codes, and reduce the burden of complying with differing state and federal regulations. The changes were developed in consultation with the Missouri Society of Hospital Engineers.

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Senate Advances Helipad Fencing Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to Senate Bill 988. The bill bars the Department of Health and Senior Services from requiring fencing or other barriers around a hospital helipad or otherwise regulating hospital helipad construction or operation. Hospitals must ensure their helipads are free of obstruction and safe for use while a medical helicopter is approaching, taking off or on the helipad. The legislative sponsor is a helicopter pilot.

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House Approves Legislative Proposals

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The state House of Representatives gave final approval to the following bills, which now move to the Senate.

  • House Bill 2441 would make state-owned health facilities other than Department of Mental Health state psychiatric hospitals subject to certificate-of-need review. Currently, they are exempted.
  • House Bill 1464 would allow motorcycle operators to forego a helmet if they are at least 21 years old, have completed a motorcycle safety instruction course, have had a motorcycle operator’s license for at least two years and have a specified amount of health insurance coverage.
  • House Bill 1659 would authorize Medicaid to provide coverage of specified behavior assessment and intervention procedure codes.


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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Departments Announce New Summary Of Benefits And Coverage

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Affordable Care Act requires issuers of health plans to provide consumers with a summary of what the plan covers and the consumers’ cost of sharing responsibility. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Labor and the Department of Treasury announced key enhancements to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage template. The improvements include additional examples, and language and terms to improve consumers’ understanding of their health coverage.

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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.

  • last chance to register for the data element library call regarding the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act
  • comprehensive care for joint replacement model launch
  • critical access hospital booklet revisions
  • 2016 physician quality reporting system: avoiding the 2018 negative payment adjustment call
  • open payments: physician and teaching hospital review and dispute period began April 1


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Workforce News


AAMC Report Predicts Physician Shortage

Staff Contact: Meredith Kenyon

A new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that the U.S. will face a physician shortage throughout the next decade. It estimates a shortfall of between 14,900 and 35,600 primary care physicians, and a shortfall of between 37,400 and 60,300 nonprimary care specialties by 2025. The 2016 update aligns closely to last year’s numbers.

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Consider This ...

People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.

Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America