MHA Today | April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017
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In This Issue
Senate Committee Supports Medicaid Managed Care Funding
State House Approves Bill On Consent To Treatment
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Trump Administration Awards $485 Million In Grants To Combat Opioid Crisis
CMS Announces FY 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule Webinars
AHA Releases Hospitals Against Violence Resource
TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Discussion
Six Hospital Associations Send Joint Letter To CMS
Hannon Resigns From Bates County Memorial Hospital

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Senate Committee Supports Medicaid Managed Care Funding

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to include funding for an expansion of Medicaid managed care in the fiscal year that begins Saturday, July 1. Previously, the chairman of the committee had expressed support for adopting a Senate budget that excludes such funding. The House of Representatives included funding for Medicaid managed care expansion in its version of the budget. If the full Senate endorses the Senate Appropriations Committee’s proposal, both the House and Senate will have supported funding an expansion of Medicaid managed care. The funding issue will not be a difference between the House and Senate versions of the budget and will not be subject to final “conference committee” budget negotiations. The Senate is expected to debate the state budget bills next week.

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State House Approves Bill On Consent To Treatment

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Ted Wedel

The state House has given its final approval to House Bill 144 and sent the measure to the Senate. It would revise standards for securing consent to treatment for the incapacitated. It also would revise standards for access to medical records of the deceased.

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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.

  • inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities quality reporting program data due May 15
  • psychiatry and psychotherapy CMS provider video
  • Medicare shared savings program call: audio recording and transcript
  • new quality payment program resources available
  • April is National Minority Health Month

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Quality and Population Health


Trump Administration Awards $485 Million In Grants To Combat Opioid Crisis

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced the award of $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. Funding was awarded based on rates of overdose deaths and unmet need for opioid addiction treatment. In its first year of funding, Missouri will receive $10,015,898.

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CMS Announces FY 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule Webinars

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled the following webinars to review quality program proposals outlined in the fiscal year 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule. Register at the links provided.

  • 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 — Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program
  • 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4 — Inpatient Quality Reporting, Value-Based Purchasing, Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction, and Hospital Readmissions Production programs


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AHA Releases Hospitals Against Violence Resource

Staff Contacts: Jackie Gatz or Alison Williams

A new podcast hosted by the American Hospital Association’s Physician Leadership Forum and Hospitals Against Violence initiative, discusses the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary response team for responding to threats of violence. Additional podcasts and resources on combatting violence in communities and hospitals can be found online.

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TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality Discussion

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission “Pioneers in Quality™: Proven Practices Collection” recognizes organizations that leverage electronic clinical quality measures and health information technology to drive quality improvement. A webinar, titled “2017 Pioneers in Quality™: Creating your Proven Practices Submission,” is scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, and will review the program and submission requirements. Registration is required and will close when maximum capacity is reached.

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Noteworthy


Six Hospital Associations Send Joint Letter To CMS

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

Six hospital associations have sent a joint letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requesting a review of concerns about the implementation of a new sleep study policy by Wisconsin Physicians Services. The joint letter was signed by the state hospital associations of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan and Indiana. WPS’ policy, implemented on Feb. 16, requires hospitals to obtain additional accreditation to be reimbursed for sleep studies.

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CEO Announcements


Hannon Resigns From Bates County Memorial Hospital

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Edward J. Hannon, CEO of Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, will resign effective May 12. He has served as CEO since September 2013. Hannon has accepted the CEO position at CHI Health Saint Francis in Grand Island, Neb. A search is underway for a permanent replacement. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

April is National Minority Health Month. Minorities are less likely to get the preventive care needed to stay healthy, less likely to receive quality care, and more likely to face poorer health outcomes.

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services