MHA Today | February 2, 2017

February 2, 2017
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In This Issue
State Legislative Committees Review, Approve Bills
General Assembly Enacts “Right To Work” Law
State Legislative Chambers Exchange Tort Reform Bills
MO HealthNet Authorizes New Pediatric Asthma Services
2018 Medicare Advantage Plans To See .25 Percent Increase In Payments
TJC Extends Deadline To Submit ORYX Measure Selections
February Is American Heart Month

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state and federal health policy developments


State Legislative Committees Review, Approve Bills

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

State legislative committees held hearings on a variety of health-related bills, including:

  • House Bill 226, which concerns regional emergency medical services directors
  • House Bill 193, which would allow Barton County Memorial Hospital to convert its property tax levy to a sales tax upon voter approval
  • Senate Bill 50, which would authorize the state to create a registry of advanced directives

Also, a House committee approved House Bill 58, which would create new state standards for the delivery of perinatal care.

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General Assembly Enacts “Right To Work” Law

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

With today’s ratification of Senate Bill 19 by the Missouri House of Representatives, the Missouri General Assembly has enacted a “right to work” law. The legislation advances to Gov. Eric Greitens, who is expected to sign it into law.

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State Legislative Chambers Exchange Tort Reform Bills

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Today, the Missouri House of Representatives gave final 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 gave final approval to House Bill 153, which revises standards for the use of expert witnesses in judicial proceedings. Both bills move to the state Senate. The Senate, in turn, gave final approval to its own collateral source rule revision, sending Senate Bill 31 to the House of Representatives.

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MO HealthNet Authorizes New Pediatric Asthma Services

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet has announced new services for children with uncontrolled asthma. Policy guidance for asthma education and asthma environmental assessment services can be found online.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


2018 Medicare Advantage Plans To See .25 Percent Increase In Payments

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D advance notice and draft call letter. In the notice, CMS proposes to increase payments to Medicare Advantage companies by .25 percent. After coding adjustments, the increase amounts to 2.75 percent. CMS Acting Administrator Dr. Patrick Conway stated, “Medicare Advantage is an essential growing part of the Medicare program. These proposals will continue to keep Medicare Advantage strong and stable, and provide high-quality, affordable care to seniors and people living with disabilities.” Comments about the proposed advance notice and draft call letter will be accepted through Friday, March 3.

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Quality and Population Health


TJC Extends Deadline To Submit ORYX Measure Selections

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

In response to provider requests, The Joint Commission has extended the deadline for submission of 2017 ORYX measure selections to Wednesday, March 1. ORYX measure selections should be made using the ORYX measure selection application accessed through the hospital’s Joint Commission Connect extranet site. TJC reminds hospitals to review the detailed instructions before completing ORYX measure selections.

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February Is American Heart Month

Staff Contact: Mary Becker

February is American Heart Month, and National Wear Red Day® is Friday, Feb. 3. The event was established on the first Friday of every February by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, to raise awareness about heart disease — the top cause of death for women.

In the U.S., cardiovascular disease kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Eighty percent of cardiac events could be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Risk factors for heart disease include diabetes, hypertension, stroke, atherosclerosis, smoking and obesity. During 2016 in Missouri, 307,743 women were diagnosed with heart disease, with a total of 770,726 diagnosed with heart disease and/or having significant risk factors for the disease. For more information, visit AHA’s Go Red for Women website.

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Consider This ...

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute.

Source: American Heart Association