MHA Today | October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

twitter linkedin
Your Vote Matters Icon

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

Information about the Nov. 8 election is available on the Your Vote Matters page of Missouri Health Matters. Hospitals can help educate their communities about the election using the resources on MHAnet.


Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO One of the most quoted lines from Shakespeare is from a monologue in Scene II of “As You Like It.” “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

Next week, MHA’s 94th Annual Convention & Trade Show begins on Wednesday. We have a fantastic lineup, and I’m excited to get underway.

I was reflecting on this year’s convention, as well as the past several, and it occurred to me that all the world is a stage. Policy is nice, but stories about how people react to change — especially during times of significant adversity — makes great theater.

Consider the following. Two years ago, MHA’s convention hosted former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who was played by Mark Wahlberg in the movie “Lone Survivor.” Last year, we heard from Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by Somali pirates and rescued by Navy SEALs. He was later portrayed on the big screen by Tom Hanks. This year, one of our convention speakers is Bennet Omalu, M.D., a champion for reducing sports-related concussions that can lead to chronic brain injuries. Omalu’s Hollywood stand-in: Will Smith.

Most of us would prefer to be in the chorus, or even the audience. Absent adversity and a twist of fate, that’s where Luttrell, Phillips and Omalu probably would be right now.

Why is this important? Because delivering health care is getting harder, and how we respond will shape whether we’re actors or in the audience.

This year’s convention features some of the best minds in health care, including Don Berwick, M.D., former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He and the other speakers will discuss the changes occurring in health care and what they expect hospitals and health care leaders to do to not only survive, but also thrive.

As proud as I am of the lineup, I’m equally excited to honor our own stars. This year, we’ll recognize hospital leaders who are making a difference — the visionaries and a leader who has had influence far beyond his own organization. For the first time, we’ll spotlight a Trustee of the Year, and recognize hospitals that are making significant strides in improving care with the Aim for Excellence awards.

Many hospital stars — individuals who make the hospital run, or run better — will be attending meetings of their personal membership groups in parallel with convention. We’ll be honoring some of their work at the awards luncheon on Thursday.

Convention wouldn’t be possible without generous sponsorships. We appreciate their support of the convention and trade show — and contribution to the work hospitals do every day. Without their support, we couldn’t afford to bring in the excellent speakers, provide the networking opportunities or offer the great Wednesday night entertainment. This year, Starship will be performing.

Friday’s final act will be renowned political analyst Charlie Cook. He’ll be sharing his insights on the Nov. 8 election and what it could mean for health care and hospitals. Now that’s a closing!

This is MHA’s big show of the year. The world may be the stage, but we all have a part.

And, you can get your popcorn for free at the Background Check Advantage booth at the trade show. Don’t know where their booth is located? Download the convention app through the App Store or Play Store on your device. If you’re reading this on your device, click this link.

See you there.

P.S. — Wes Murray, CEO at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 6, along with his teammates from the Three Rivers Community College basketball team, which won the national junior college championship in 1979.

So much for “merely players.” Congratulate Wes at convention ... he’s easy to spot in a crowd.

Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

Herb B. Kuhn
MHA President and CEO

In This Issue
Federal Report Assesses Mental Health Parity
GAO Reviews Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid Addiction
CDC Hosts Reproductive Health In Emergency Preparedness And Response Webinar
CMS Posts Information From Rural Health Summit

state and federal health policy developments

Federal Report Assesses Mental Health Parity

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Sarah Willson

The White House’s Mental Health and Substance Disorder Parity Task Force has issued a final report that includes recommendations to “improve understanding of parity protections, clarify parity requirements and improve monitoring and enforcement efforts.” The task force also released a fact sheet.

Back To Top

GAO Reviews Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

The federal Government Accountability Office has published a report and report summary on the effect of laws, regulations and other factors on the availability of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. The report notes that regulatory standards for use of certain drugs differ depending on their use in pain management or opioid addiction.

Back To Top

Quality and Population Health

CDC Hosts Reproductive Health In Emergency Preparedness And Response Webinar

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a webinar to discuss the effects of disaster and infectious diseases on women of reproductive age, with particular emphasis on pregnant and postpartum women. The presentation will include the CDC Division of Reproductive Health’s participation in recent emergencies to include H1N1, Ebola and Zika. Updates to related Zika surveillance systems and information on a new online course for public health and health professionals will be provided. The webinar is scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. Dial 866/692-3582 and enter passcode 10502630 to participate. Register online.

Back To Top


CMS Posts Information From Rural Health Summit

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

Archived videos and other presentation materials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Rural Health Summit held on Oct. 19 are available online.

Back To Top

Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?

October 27, 2016
Report Catalogs Lapsing Federal Laws
Hearing Scheduled On Anthem-Cigna Merger
CMS Announces Inpatient Status Claims Appeals Settlement Call
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HIDI Releases Second Quarter 2016 VBP Payments Model
MHA Releases Patient Resources On Managing Opioid Prescriptions
Population Health Improvement Roundtable On Community Violence Summary Available
NRHA Schedules Webinars In November
Two Rivers Behavioral Health System Names Interim CEO
Howard A. Rusk Rehabilitation Center Names Interim CEO
Kindred Hospital Kansas City Names Interim CEO

October 26, 2016
HHS Releases Health Care Delivery Reform Fact Sheet
CMS Publishes State Medicaid DSH Allocations
CMS Releases Region 7 Updates
Subscriptions Available For HIDI 2017 Premier Package
HIDI Releases Third Quarter FFY 2016 Inpatient, Outpatient Databases
CMS Publishes Updates To The 2016 QRDA Category I Schematrons

October 25, 2016
CMS Addresses Hospice Nursing Shortage
GAO Requests Better Alignment Of Quality Measures
Marx Leaves Washington County Memorial Hospital
Landmark Hospital Of Columbia Names New CEO

October 24, 2016 Releases 2017 Marketplace Insurers, Premium Prices And Benefits
HIDI HealthStats — Adverse Childhood Experiences
CMS And TJC Release Addendum To Inpatient Specifications Manual
CDC Approves Zika Supplemental Funding
National Health Care Facilities And Engineering Week
COCA Hosts Call: Flu Season Recommendations For Children
CMS Hosts Quality Payment Program Final Rule Review

Consider This ...

About 70 percent of U.S. adults, ages 65 or older, have high blood pressure.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention