MHA Today | February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Governor Wants Settlement Funds To Reverse Budget Cuts
State Senate Approves PDMP Legislation
Senate Committee Approves Mandated Flu Shots
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
AHA Releases New Workforce Report
St. Joseph Medical Center Names New Administrator

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state and federal health policy developments


Governor Wants Settlement Funds To Reverse Budget Cuts

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Gov. Eric Greitens is calling for some of the proceeds of a legal decision to be used to reverse a Medicaid spending reduction included in his proposed budget. His proposed budget for the state fiscal year beginning Saturday, July 1, would require a higher threshold of impairment to qualify for Medicaid coverage of in-home or nursing home care. The projected effect was to eliminate state-funded coverage of those services for 20,000 Missourians. Greitens wants to fund those services using $41 million stemming from a recent Missouri Supreme Court decision regarding a 2003 settlement agreement between the state and tobacco companies.

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State Senate Approves PDMP Legislation

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The Missouri State Senate has given first-round approval to Senate Bill 74. It is one of several bills pending in the Missouri Senate that would create a state prescription drug monitoring program. Its sponsor is Sen. Rob Schaaf, who has been a long-time opponent of PDMP legislation because of privacy concerns. The version put forward by Sen. Schaaf does not give prescribers or dispensers direct access to PDMP data.

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Senate Committee Approves Mandated Flu Shots

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A Senate committee has approved a new version of Senate Bill 117, which would require hospitals and a variety of other facilities inspected by the state health agency to mandate and document that all employees and volunteers are vaccinated against influenza. MHA joined others in expressing concerns about the bill, noting that it would impose additional regulatory burdens on all hospitals without significantly improving hospital vaccination rates. The bill was amended to remove the possibility of regulatory citation or other penalty for failure to comply.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • Medicare outpatient observation notice instructions MLN Matters article
  • National Health and Safety Network data submission deadline for inpatient rehabilitation facility and long-term care hospital quality reporting program extended to May 15
  • provider compliance: reporting changes in ownership
  • comparative billing report on physical therapy webinar


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Workforce News


AHA Releases New Workforce Report

Staff Contacts: Meredith Kenyon or Jill Williams

The American Hospital Association’s 2016 Committee on Performance Improvement issued a report to help hospital and health system leaders align the skills and abilities of their organization’s workforce as health care continues to change. The report includes a tool to help initiate strategic workforce conversations, and specific recommendations and examples from hospital leaders and experts in the field.

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St. Joseph Medical Center Names New Administrator

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City named Jodi Fincher as Administrator, effective Jan. 9. Fincher previously served as Regional Director of Nursing of the Midwest Division for Prime Healthcare. Randall G. Nyp, CEO of Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., has been named Regional CEO of all KC Metro Prime Healthcare Services Hospitals. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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