MHA Today | May 17, 2016

May 17, 2016
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
MHA Publishes Summary Of The 2016 State Legislative Session
EEOC Issues Final Rule On Wellness Programs
Christian Hospital Names New President

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state and federal health policy developments

MHA Publishes Summary Of The 2016 State Legislative Session

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

MHA has published an issue brief with the outcomes of the 2016 Missouri legislative session. The session ended Friday, May 13. MHA deeply appreciates all of the support its membership provided to advance advocacy efforts.

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Health Law Insight

EEOC Issues Final Rule On Wellness Programs

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reversed its stance on workplace wellness programs, issuing final rules that allow employers to offer participation incentives to employees without violating the law. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, employers may not use employee health information except as part of a voluntary wellness program. In 2014, the EEOC filed a trio of lawsuits alleging that the use of premium discounts and other incentives rendered such programs nonvoluntary. Under the new rules, workplace wellness programs will be considered voluntary under the ADA, as long as the value of any incentives are less than 30 percent of the cost of an employee’s self-only coverage. The same maximum benefit applies to an employee’s spouse under GINA.

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CEO Announcements

Christian Hospital Names New President

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Rick Stevens BJC HealthCare has named Rick Stevens as the new President of Christian Hospital in St. Louis, effective June 27. He most recently served as Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President of St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco, a member of Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center. He will succeed Ron McMullen, who is retiring after serving as president since April 2007. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Osteoporosis affects about 25 percent of women and about 6 percent of men ages, 65 and older.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention