MHA Today | July 11, 2017

July 11, 2017


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MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

In This Issue
Governor Approves Health Bill
Missouri Chamber Cautions Senators About Better Care Reconciliation Act
U.S. Senate Shortens August Recess
MHA Distributes Financial Indicators Analysis
CMS Offers MIPS Webinar For Providers In Small, Rural And Underserved Areas
Whitepaper Explores Executive Turnover Issues


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Governor Approves Health Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Governor Eric Greitens has approved Senate Bill 50 from the 2017 state legislative session. The legislation addresses various health topics. It blocks state hospital licensure regulations that contradict or duplicate CMS’ Medicare Conditions of Participation. The legislation also revises standards for state designation of stroke, STEMI and trauma centers, as well as authorizes state regulators to establish criteria for designating levels of hospital maternal and neonatal care.

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Missouri Chamber Cautions Senators About Better Care Reconciliation Act

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has sent a letter to U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill regarding its stance on the pending version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It expresses concern about the adverse implications of the legislation on MO HealthNet, the Missouri state budget, Missouri’s economic competitiveness and the state’s hospitals. MHA appreciates the Chamber’s insights and willingness to engage with legislators on this topic.

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U.S. Senate Shortens August Recess

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate’s scheduled month-long August recess will be shortened by two weeks, until the third week of August.

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MHA Distributes Financial Indicators Analysis

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA has made available a financial indicator analysis that provides comparative financial metrics for individual hospitals compared to national benchmarks. The analysis uses standard accepted formulas as defined and published by various rating agencies. The source for the financial information is the first quarter 2017 Healthcare Cost Report Information System database, which includes the Medicare cost report data. MHA has posted these files to HIDI Analytic Advantage® for review.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Offers MIPS Webinar For Providers In Small, Rural And Underserved Areas

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the National Hispanic Medical Association are hosting a merit-based incentive payment system webinar at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 12. Rural providers and those under the MIPS tract of MACRA are encouraged to attend. Topics include the following.

  • Overview of the quality payment program
  • Review of MIPS
  • Identification of flexibilities and resources for small practices
  • Summary of proposed MIPS requirements included in the quality payment program year 2 proposed rule
Registration is required.

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Workforce News


Whitepaper Explores Executive Turnover Issues

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

A new white paper from B.E. Smith estimates the cost to replace mid-level to senior executives ranges from $50,000 to more than $200,000. The report outlines strategies for executive recruitment, retention and engagement. An associated infographic visualizes executive turnover rates and challenges.

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Consider This ...

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention