MHA Today | January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
HIDI Releases Research Investigating Opioid Crisis’ Influence On Newborns
State House Approves Tort Reform Bills
Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends Today
White House Sends 340B Drug Discount Guidance Back To HHS
Mercy Hospital Lebanon Names Interim Administrator


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HIDI Releases Research Investigating Opioid Crisis’ Influence On Newborns

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

New Missouri-specific research finds an alarming growth in the percent of newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome. Researchers from the Hospital Industry Data Institute reviewed hospital diagnostic codes for all Missouri births between 2006 and 2016, and found a 538 percent increase in codes related to newborns with withdrawal symptoms stemming from maternal drug use. The updated data also identifies a new spike in adult opioid-related hospital utilization between 2014 and 2015. MHA coordinated the release with Rep. Holly Rehder of Sikeston, who is sponsoring prescription drug monitoring program legislation in the Missouri House.

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State House Approves Tort Reform Bills

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The Missouri House of Representatives has given first-round approval to House Bill 95. It revises the “collateral source rule,” which concerns the valuation of services in assessing damages in a lawsuit. The House also adopted a clarifying amendment. In addition, the House amended and gave first-round approval to House Bill 153, which revises standards for the use of expert witnesses in judicial proceedings.

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Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends Today

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Today is the last day to sign up for 2017 health care coverage through HealthCare.gov. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to release an enrollment snapshot on Friday, Feb. 3.

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Noteworthy


White House Sends 340B Drug Discount Guidance Back To HHS

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Trump administration sent back to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services a guidance on how safety-net hospitals can obtain drug discounts. The proposed guidance defines who is considered a patient for purposes of the 340B drug program. It also covers drug company responsibilities, such as procedures for issuing credits and refunds. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs’ website indicates that the 340B omnibus guidelines were withdrawn as of Jan. 30. To implement these final rules, HHS will have to resubmit the guidance to the Office of Management and Budget.

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CEO Announcements


Mercy Hospital Lebanon Names Interim Administrator

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Jenine Vincent was named Interim Administrator of Mercy Hospital Lebanon, effective Jan. 25. She is Vice President, Regional Operations of Mercy Health Springfield Communities. Vincent replaces David Steinmann, who had served as Administrator since June 2015 and was with Mercy more than 20 years. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention