MHA Today | May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Letter Urges Action On AHCA Funding Equity
Governor Calls Special Session For State Legislators
U.S. Senate Committee Approves Regulatory Process Overhaul Bill
CMS Issues Another EPM Delay
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Saint Luke’s North Hospital Names Interim CEO

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Letter Urges Action On AHCA Funding Equity

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

MHA and others have sent a letter to Sen. Roy Blunt regarding the American Health Care Act. The legislation is pending in the Senate after narrowly earning House approval. The letter describes the AHCA’s inequitable distribution of funds targeted specifically to states that have expanded eligibility for Medicaid and states that have not. It urges Blunt and the senators from the nonexpansion states to “act as a coalition to give voice to the interests of their states.” An article from The Washington Post reports on the engagement of the expansion states’ Republican senators on this topic. The letter’s other signatories are the Missouri State Medical Association, the Missouri Primary Care Association and the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

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Governor Calls Special Session For State Legislators

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

Gov. Eric Greitens has convened a special session of the Missouri General Assembly. It will begin Monday, May 22, and address one topic: authorizing state utility regulators to set special electricity rates to promote the placement of steel/aluminum manufacturing capacity in southeast Missouri. During the recently concluded regular session, the Missouri House of Representatives approved this proposed legislation with nearly unanimous support, but it did not win Senate approval.

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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Regulatory Process Overhaul Bill

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill, largely by a party line vote of 9-5, that would require agencies to consider the cost of new regulations. Specifically, the Regulatory Accountability Act would codify the practice of analyzing the costs and benefits of new regulations. It also would require the agency to adopt the most cost-effective regulations and be more evidence-based in crafting rules. The committee also approved other regulatory process bills, which include the following.



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CMS Issues Another EPM Delay

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced another delay of the “Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models; Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model.” Previously, CMS delayed the models until Sunday, Oct. 1, and now has delayed the date until Jan. 1, 2018.

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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.

  • reporting changes in ownership
  • 2018 ICD-10-PCS files available
  • skilled nursing facility quality reporting program: submission deadline extended to Thursday, June 1

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CEO Announcements


Saint Luke’s North Hospital Names Interim CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Adele Ducharme has been named Interim CEO of Saint Luke’s North Hospital in Kansas City and Smithville, effective May 15. She replaces Matt Wenzel, who had served as CEO since August 2015. Ducharme also is CEO of Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan. A search is under way for a permanent replacement. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

According to this year’s MHA workforce report, about 16 percent of all staff nursing positions in Missouri hospitals are vacant.

Source: 2017 MHA Annual Workforce Report