MHA Today | February 8, 2017

February 8, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Committee Defeats Substitute On Covenants Not To Compete
State Legislative Proposal Blurs Physician Board Certification Standards
MHA Supports Bills On Death Investigation And Physician Loan Repayment
Missouri ACHE Chapter Changes Name

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Committee Defeats Substitute On Covenants Not To Compete

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

This morning, the House Workforce Development Committee defeated a substitute to House Bill 479, which is legislation seeking to eliminate a broad range of noncompete clauses in contracts between employers and their employees. It appeared that limited support for the substitute was voiced in the face of significant opposition from members of the committee. After the voice vote, Chair Rep. Jeannie Lauer, (R-Blue Springs), called the hearing to a close. MHA will continue to monitor the legislation closely in an effort to stop it from moving forward.

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State Legislative Proposal Blurs Physician Board Certification Standards

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

Today, MHA testified regarding House Bill 529 in a state legislative committee hearing. MHA expressed concern that the bill can be read to restrict the authority of hospitals and their medical staffs to use medical specialty board certification as a criterion for physician employment and privileging decisions. MHA opposes any such change.

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MHA Supports Bills On Death Investigation And Physician Loan Repayment

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

MHA today testified in support of House Bill 121 and House Bill 405 in a state legislative committee. The former allows psychiatrists to participate in the state’s physician loan repayment program. The latter streamlines the process of conducting death investigations for patients who die while in hospice care.

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Missouri ACHE Chapter Changes Name

Staff Contact: Bryant McNally

The Missouri Healthcare Executives Group has changed its name to the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, effective Feb. 1. The MO-ACHE name change is part of a strategic rebranding process that further aligns the state chapter with the national organization.

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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