MHA Today | February 27, 2017

February 27, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Trump Administration Hints At Federal Budget Proposal
President Trump Signs Executive Order To Reduce Red Tape
Republican Governors Consider Medicaid Reform Recommendations
MHA Releases Issue Brief: House ACA Replacement Draft
Attestation Deadline For Women’s Health Services Funding Changes Again
HIDI Hosts Monthly Focus Session On Community Health Reports
WPS Releases New Policy For Hospitals Performing Sleep Studies

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Remember to contact members of Congress about repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Information was distributed to you last week and is available on MHAnet.
  • Last week, MHA published its legislative guide that provides an overview of health care issues being debated in the Missouri General Assembly this session.

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Trump Administration Hints At Federal Budget Proposal

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Trump administration intends to propose a federal budget for federal fiscal year 2018 that will increase defense spending by 10 percent. Administration officials said that the increase will be offset by unspecified cuts in discretionary programs. Details are not expected to be released for several weeks.

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President Trump Signs Executive Order To Reduce Red Tape

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

President Trump signed another executive order that targets regulatory burden. The EO requires every agency to establish a regulatory task force to evaluate existing regulations and identify opportunities for repeal or modification, and eliminate costly and unnecessary regulations. This order follows the plan to “reduce regulatory burden on everyday Americans, their pocketbooks and their businesses.”

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Republican Governors Consider Medicaid Reform Recommendations

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Republican Governors Association is working to develop Medicaid reform recommendations for Congress and the Trump administration. A draft of its white paper on the topic describes the direction of the RGA’s likely recommendations. The document is being refined by an RGA task force and will be reviewed by full membership. Key policy issues for the RGA concern changes in federal financing of state Medicaid programs, especially for Medicaid eligibility expansions authorized by the Affordable Care Act.

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MHA Releases Issue Brief: House ACA Replacement Draft

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

A draft of the House Republican’s repeal bill, which dismantles pieces of the Affordable Care Act, was leaked last Friday. While the draft may change before being formally introduced, MHA has published an issue brief on the draft bill.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Attestation Deadline For Women’s Health Services Funding Changes Again

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Jane Drummond

Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance has again revised its deadline for submitting attestations regarding the Extended Women’s Health Services Program. On Jan. 31, the Feb. 1 deadline was extended to April 1. Now the deadline has been moved to Friday, March 3. As required by a legislative budget directive for the current state fiscal year ― which began July 1, 2016 ― 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 2016. MHA’s explanatory materials include a December memorandum and a set of FAQs.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Hosts Monthly Focus Session On Community Health Reports

Staff Contact: Steve Warchol

The Hospital Industry Data Institute is hosting a webinar at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, to share details about community health reports that are available on HIDI Analytic Advantage.® The reports provide county-specific community health composite rankings and metrics. The webinar is part of HIDI’s monthly focus sessions and free to any hospital team member. Register online.

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Noteworthy


WPS Releases New Policy For Hospitals Performing Sleep Studies

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

Wisconsin Physician Services issued new local coverage determination for sleep studies effective Feb. 16. The new policy includes significant changes which could impact a hospital’s ability to be reimbursed for sleep studies. MHA has issued a memo to all hospitals summarizing a call with WPS to clarify the changes. Hospitals should review their compliance with WPS before filing sleep studies claims. MHA has communicated previously with its members about this topic.

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