MHA Today | March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Committee Approves Tort Reform Bills
State House Advances Prescription Drug Monitoring Legislation
MHA Distributes Analysis Of Medicare’s HAC Reduction Program
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CMS Announces OQR Education Session
Americans Celebrate National Doctors’ Day 2017

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state and federal health policy developments


Committee Approves Tort Reform Bills

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A state House committee has approved a new version of Senate Bill 237. The legislation would revise medical liability law to reverse the Jefferson v. Missouri Baptist court ruling. The effect will be to narrow hospital liability for those who are not hospital employees. MHA promotes the committee’s changes. The committee also approved Senate Bill 31, which would revise the collateral source rule that governs the valuation of services in assessing damages in a lawsuit.

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State House Advances Prescription Drug Monitoring Legislation

Staff Contacts: Rob Monsees or Leslie Porth

The state House of Representatives has given first-round approval to House Bill 90, which authorizes the creation of a state prescription drug monitoring program. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder and supported by a broad coalition that includes MHA. In debating the bill, legislators adopted an amendment requiring dispensers to submit data in real time by Jan. 1, 2020.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Distributes Analysis Of Medicare’s HAC Reduction Program

Staff Contacts: Andrew Wheeler or Peter Rao

MHA has released a projection of the effect of Medicare’s federal fiscal year 2018 hospital-acquired conditions reduction program based on the fourth quarter 2016 data update from Hospital Compare. The analysis is posted on HIDI Analytic Advantage.® The latest release indicates that the effect on hospitals’ finances is projected to decrease operating payments to Missouri hospitals by $8.3 million. Seventeen of Missouri’s 73 participating hospitals, or 23 percent, are projected to receive the payment reduction. As mandated by the HAC program, 25 percent of participating hospitals in the nation receive a penalty.

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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.

  • merit-based incentive payment system annual call for measures and activities through Friday, June 30
  • CMS voluntary self-referral disclosure protocol: new form
  • MIPS cost measure development listening session — Wednesday, April 5
  • open payments: prepare to review reported data call — Thursday, April 13
  • skilled nursing facility consolidated billing web-based training

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces OQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The next education session for hospitals participating in the Outpatient Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 5. The webinar, “Pop! Filling in and Submitting the Population and Sampling XML File,” will review how to upload and submit data using an XML spreadsheet. Registration is required.

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Noteworthy


Americans Celebrate National Doctors’ Day 2017

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

Today is National Doctors’ Day. Although it has been celebrated since 1933, National Doctors’ Day was officially recognized in 1991. Missouri’s physicians are essential partners in hospitals’ efforts to serve communities, increase the value of health care and protect patients. Physicians are leaders in the hospital — as C-suite executives, medical staff or as champions of the programs that help hospitals deliver value.

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Consider This ...

Today is National Doctors’ Day. There are approximately 25,000 doctors practicing in Missouri.

Source: Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts