MHA Today | April 21, 2016

April 21, 2016
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In This Issue
Infection Control Bill Advances
Senate Committee Hears Hospital Construction Regulatory Relief Bill
Legislative Amendments Change Nursing Licensure Standards
Legislators Swarm Telemedicine Bill
Congressional Subcommittee Approves Opioid Bills
CMS Releases FY 2017 IPPS And LTCH Proposed Rule
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HIDI Hosts Monthly Focus Session Detailing Available Readmissions Reports

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Infection Control Bill Advances

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri House of Representatives has approved Senate Bill 579 with two amendments to make technical changes and revise laws governing telemedicine. It returns to the Senate for ratification of the House changes. The underlying bill would update state laws governing infection control. It is a slightly updated version of a 2015 negotiated accord that would curtail duplicative state and federal reporting. MHA supports the bill.

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Senate Committee Hears Hospital Construction Regulatory Relief Bill

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Health held a hearing on House Bill 2402 sponsored by Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton). The legislation revises hospital licensure standards to reflect updated life safety and construction codes and reduces the burden of complying with differing state and federal regulations. It was developed in consultation with the Missouri Society for Health Engineering. Mike Bock, Director of Facilities with SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City, and Brad Taylor, Director of Building Services and Safety Officer with St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, provided expert testimony on behalf of MOSHE and MHA.

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Legislative Amendments Change Nursing Licensure Standards

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The state House of Representatives has given first-round approval to House Bill 1465. The underlying bill makes modest changes to standards for collaborative practice arrangements between advanced practice registered nurses and physicians. The House added numerous amendments, addressing such topics as interstate licensure compacts for physical therapists and nurses, creating a health workforce data center, separate licensure of APRNs and loosening restrictions on APRNs’ authority to practice under collaborative practice arrangements.

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Legislators Swarm Telemedicine Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

In debating Senate Bill 621, the state House of Representatives approved 13 amendments. The underlying bill concerns the use of telemedicine. The amendments address various topics, including new restrictions on billing the uninsured, two different versions of price transparency for health providers, consent to treatment standards, perinatal care standards, certificate of need exemptions and governmental hospital investment authority. The measure returns to the Senate for consideration of the House changes.

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Congressional Subcommittee Approves Opioid Bills

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee has approved twelve bills related to the use and misuse of opioids. The subcommittee has posted bill texts, amendments and background material. Missouri Congressman Billy Long is a member of the subcommittee and the full committee.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases FY 2017 IPPS And LTCH Proposed Rule

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the proposed payment and policy rules for the fiscal year 2017 inpatient and long-term care hospital prospective payment systems. MHA has produced an issue brief with additional details. Comments are due by 4 p.m. June 17.

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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.

  • Hospital inpatient PPS and LTCH PPS proposed rule for FY 2017
  • IRF and LTCH quality reporting program data submission deadline: May 15 – updates
  • EHR incentive programs: March HIMSS16 presentations
  • Rural health clinic claims processing incorrectly
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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Hosts Monthly Focus Session Detailing Available Readmissions Reports

Staff Contact: Steve Warchol

Join HIDI staff in an upcoming webinar to learn more about the available reports for readmissions on HIDI Analytic Advantage®. This session will demonstrate the reports along with a detailed discussion on the methodology and background information. Statistics included on the dashboards draw from the most current HIDI discharge data and include admissions and readmissions organized by payer, discharge location, weighted comorbidities and numerous other data linked to readmissions.

This webinar is part of HIDI’s monthly focus sessions and are free to any hospital team member. The webinar will be presented at 11 a.m., Monday, April 25. Click here to register.

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Consider This ...

The projected total cost of chronic disease from 2016 to 2030 in Missouri is $828 billion. Chronic disease could cost the state $39.4 billion in medical costs and an extra $15.8 billion annually in lost employee productivity.

Source: Partnership To Fight Chronic Disease