MHA Today | November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

In This Issue
MHD Announces Medicaid Telehealth 1 Percent Rate Increase
CDC Holds "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week"
CDC Reports Adult Cigarette Smoking Rate Decline
Winter Weather Awareness Day Is Nov. 16

What You Need To Know This Week

  • In the last two weeks, MHA issued six issue briefs on various CMS rules. They are available on MHAnet.
  • Open enrollment in the health care marketplace is ongoing. MHA has resources available on Enroll Missouri.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHD Announces Medicaid Telehealth 1 Percent Rate Increase

Staff Contact: Steve Renne

MO HealthNet posted a provider bulletin announcing a 1 percent increase in originating site reimbursement for rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers.

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Quality and Population Health


CDC Holds "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week"

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

This week is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week." The observance is designed to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use through antibiotic stewardship programs in communities, health care facilities and agriculture. During the week, CDC partners with state-based programs, and organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, to promote awareness of antibiotic stewardship.

"Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" coincides with the launch of the new Antibiotic Stewardship Program Immersion Project on Tuesday, Nov. 15. A cohort of 35 Missouri hospitals will be participating.

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CDC Reports Adult Cigarette Smoking Rate Decline

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

Approximately 15 percent of adults smoked cigarettes in 2015, down from about 17 percent in 2014 and 21 percent in 2005, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette smoking rates were higher among men than women, Native Americans than other population segments and those with less education and income. They also were higher among adults who were uninsured, on Medicaid or psychologically distressed. According to a new CDC Vital Signs report, cigarette smoking causes almost one-third of cancer deaths.

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Noteworthy


Winter Weather Awareness Day Is Nov. 16

Staff Contact: Stacie Hollis

Wednesday, Nov. 16, is Winter Weather Awareness Day. The National Weather Service, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Division of Fire Safety, Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency and local emergency managers remind Missourians to prepare for winter weather and take precautions when winter weather arrives.

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Consider This ...

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention