MHA Today | January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Political Parties Offer Contrasting Views Of ACA Repeal
Greitens Takes Oath Of Office As Governor
CMS Releases Midwest Division Provider Update
CMS Extends Temporary Moratoria

What You Need To Know This Week

  • MHA’s annual community investment report will be publicly released next Tuesday. A news release and talking points will be disseminated on Monday.
  • The MHA Board of Trustees will meet Friday for its annual January meeting. An overview will be distributed next week.

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Political Parties Offer Contrasting Views Of ACA Repeal

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

In an opinion piece for Fox News, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) argues that the Affordable Care Act is “collapsing under its own weight,” but indicated there will be a “stable transition” in implementing a replacement. McConnell urged Democrats to work with Republicans in the endeavor. McConnell also commented that a replacement would be coming “soon.” In contrast, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Secretary Sylvia Burwell asserted in what was billed as her final speech as secretary that Republicans have offered a few ideas about replacing the ACA, but “none of them sound viable.”

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Greitens Takes Oath Of Office As Governor

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

Earlier today, Eric Greitens took the oath of office to serve as Missouri’s 56th governor. His inaugural address was aspirational. Additional details about his legislative agenda will follow in his State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and budget message in early February. Immediately following the ceremony, Gov. Greitens signed his first executive order relating to ethics in the executive branch — ethics reform was a centerpiece of his campaign message.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Midwest Division Provider Update

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Region 7 has published the January edition of the Midwest Division Provider Update newsletter. Major topics include a summary of the 21st Century Cures Act, critical access hospital survey procedures and emergency services standard, and cybersecurity information.

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CMS Extends Temporary Moratoria

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the extension of statewide temporary moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B nonemergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers, and Medicare home health agencies, subunits and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as applicable, to prevent and combat fraud, waste and abuse. The extension also applies to the enrollment of new nonemergency ground ambulance suppliers and home health agencies, subunits and branch locations in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in those states.

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Consider This ...

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. A baby is born with a birth defect every 4 1/2 minutes in the U.S., and 1 out of every 5 deaths in the first year of life is caused by a birth defect.

Source: March of Dimes