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MO HealthNet Posts Ambulance, Behavioral Health Payment Changes
Senate Leader Shifts Efforts On ACA Repeal
CMS Announces Next Open Door Forum
15th Annual Health Care Leadership Series 2017-2018
Eight One-Day Training Sessions, Sept. 8, 2017, through May 11, 2018
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Brian Kinkade
The MO HealthNet Division has published provider bulletins on payment rates for ambulance and behavioral health services for the state fiscal year beginning July 1. The maximum allowable rates are reduced by approximately 3 percent as provided in the state budget. However, rates for ground ambulance base codes include a $45 increase also included in the state budget bills.
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Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
With flagging support for the latest version of U.S. Senate legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) acknowledged that “the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.” He said that “in the coming days,” the Senate will vote on a proposal to repeal the ACA with a two-year delay to develop a replacement law. When a “repeal now, replace later” strategy was proposed very early in the Trump Administration, the MHA Board of Trustees endorsed an advocacy principle against it, and staff conveyed that stance to federal legislators. Earlier this year, Senate leadership delayed repeal legislation, which faltered for lack of support.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Jim Mikes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled the next Rural Health Open Door Forum at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19. CMS has announced that open door forums also will be available as podcasts. Dial 800/837-1935 and enter passcode 60357503 to participate. Agenda topics include the following.
Providers in the highest prescribing counties in the U.S. prescribed six times more opioids per person than the lowest prescribing counties in 2015.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention