MHA Today | February 7, 2017

February 7, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
House Committee Hears Liability Reform Legislation
Missouri House Committee Hears PDMP Bill
TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Webinar
FLEX Program Releases Educational Resources For Participating CAHs
December MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®


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House Committee Hears Liability Reform Legislation

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

The House Special Committee on Litigation Reform held a hearing on House Bill 452, which would revise medical liability law to reverse the Jefferson v. Missouri Baptist court decision. Dana Frese, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Healthcare Services Group, testified in support of the legislation on behalf of MHA. Representatives of hospitals and health systems, the Missouri State Medical Association and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry spoke in support of the bill. A representative of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys spoke in opposition. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Kevin Austin, (R-Springfield). A similar bill, Senate Bill 237, sponsored by Sen. Caleb Rowden, (R-Columbia), is in line for debate in the Senate.

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Missouri House Committee Hears PDMP Bill

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

Today, the Missouri House of Representatives’ Insurance Policy Committee held a hearing on House Bill 90, which would establish a prescription drug monitoring program. MHA testified in support of the legislation. Other members of the provider community, including physician, pharmacy and behavioral health representatives, also spoke in support. Several individuals spoke against the proposal, mostly on the grounds of privacy and personal liberty. The bill, introduced by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), was combined with a similar House bill by the committee.

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Quality and Population Health


TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Webinar

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission has scheduled a Pioneers in Quality webinar, titled “2017 ORYX eCQM Requirements and Reporting – Your Questions Answered,” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. The webinar will review 2017 ORYX reporting requirements, quality reporting document architecture file formats and the direct submission option. A Q&A session will be provided. Any questions to be addressed during the webinar should be emailed in advance. Registration is required and will close when maximum capacity is reached.

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FLEX Program Releases Educational Resources For Participating CAHs

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program has released new orientation and overview educational resources for all critical access hospitals that participate in the program. The resources provide participants with a basic knowledge of the different aspects of the grant: quality reporting and improvement; financial and operational excellence; and population health management. The short presentations are designed for hospital teams new to the FLEX grant or new to health care.

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HIDI Tech Connect


December MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®

Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert

Data for the December 2016 monthly utilization report have been posted on HIDI Analytic Advantage® and are available to download for distribution or placement in a network folder. HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS has been updated to include this data. The contacts from the participating hospitals have been notified by email, and they may download and save the Excel worksheet to a secure location on their networks or PCs. The data are encrypted on the site and also during the transmission from HIDI. Once transferred, the data must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures. January data are being collected and are scheduled to be available Monday, March 6.

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