MHA Today | February 1, 2017

February 1, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
MHA And Missouri Chamber Convey Joint ACA Message
Bill Enhances Penalties For Violence Against Emergency Personnel
MMAC Extends Attestation Deadline For Women’s Health Services Funding
MHD Files DSH Proposed Rule
NASEM Releases Integration Of FDA And NIOSH Processes
CMS Schedules Open Door Forum To Discuss IMPACT Act
Missouri Board Of Healing Arts Accepts Applications For Assistant Physicians

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


MHA And Missouri Chamber Convey Joint ACA Message

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

MHA and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry have sent the Missouri congressional delegation a joint letter regarding the emerging debate of revamping or replacing the Affordable Care Act. The letter offers recommendations to maintain and improve access to affordable, effective coverage for Missouri’s workforce.

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Bill Enhances Penalties For Violence Against Emergency Personnel

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

MHA was among the proponents of House Bill 273 at a state House committee hearing. The bill authorizes enhanced criminal penalties for violence against law enforcement officials, or emergency department or trauma center personnel.

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MMAC Extends Attestation Deadline For Women’s Health Services Funding

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Jane Drummond

Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance has extended the deadline for submitting attestations regarding the Extended Women’s Health Services Program to Saturday, April 1. As required by a legislative budget directive for the current state fiscal year, providers receiving extended women’s health services payments must attest that they do not provide abortion services. MMAC initially distributed the attestation form in early December. MHA’s explanatory materials include a December memorandum and a set of FAQs.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHD Files DSH Proposed Rule

Staff Contact: Kim Duggan

The MO HealthNet Division filed a proposed rule that clarifies and amends the state DSH survey reporting requirements. It also proposes to lower the threshold to qualify for an adjustment to the interim DSH payment to address concerns from the hospital community that the current criteria are too stringent. MHA staff worked with the division on the changes and supports the proposed rule, which was published in today’s Missouri Register (Page 209) and has a 30-day comment period ending Friday, March 3.

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Quality and Population Health


NASEM Releases Integration Of FDA And NIOSH Processes

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has released a new publication, “Integration of FDA and NIOSH Processes Used to Evaluate Respiratory Protective Devices for Health Care Workers: Proceedings of a Workshop.” The publication is a factual summary of the workshop that was held for the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The workshop provided the opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas between health care professionals, policymakers and manufacturers involved in the field of personal protective equipment for health care workers.

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Noteworthy


CMS Schedules Open Door Forum To Discuss IMPACT Act

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 requires the reporting of standardized patient assessment data by post-acute care providers, including skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host an open door forum call at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, to discuss the goals, requirements, progress to date and key milestones for the IMPACT Act in 2017. A Q&A session will be provided. Registration is required.

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Missouri Board Of Healing Arts Accepts Applications For Assistant Physicians

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Missouri Board of Healing Arts is accepting applications for assistant physicians. The law creating licensure for assistant physicians took effect in 2014, but the rules governing the law did not take effect until Jan. 30. An application is available online.

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Consider This ...

Last year, 1 percent of Medicaid patients in Missouri accounted for 20.8 percent of total hospital charges.

Source: February 2017 edition of HIDI HealthStats