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In This Issue
MHA Celebrates National Healthcare Volunteer Week
Senate Approves Its Version Of State Budget
General Assembly Enacts Supplemental Budget
Committee Reviews Stroke, STEMI, Trauma Regulation Bill
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CMS Announces Education Session
In honor of National Healthcare Volunteer Week, MHA is featuring the 2016 hospital auxiliaries and auxilian of the year award winners. Today, we recognize Phelps County Regional Medical Center Auxiliary in Rolla. The auxiliary earned honors at MHA’s annual convention as an auxiliary representing a hospital with between 101 and 300 licensed beds. Between June 2015 and May 2016, the auxiliary’s 217 members volunteered more than 23,960 hours within the hospital and in community-based service. The auxiliary supported $16,000 in scholarships, $30,277 in equipment purchases and $53,511 in funds to the hospital, from their total contribution of $107,784. The auxiliary embraced the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries State Project of deep vein thrombosis awareness holding educational events and providing materials for staff and the public. In March 2016, the auxiliary celebrated the 10th anniversary of their “Happy Hauler” patient shuttle service that is supported by the auxiliary. PCRMC’s service area has grown to include a new area for volunteering with the addition of its newly opened Delbert Day Cancer Institute in January 2017. Volunteers are available in the resource room to assist patients, visit during treatments, provide computer assistance, wig fitting and much more. Highlight your hospital’s auxiliary or an auxilian during National Volunteer Week by submitting an Auxiliary of the Year or Auxilian of the Year award nomination form by Friday, June 30.
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state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees
The Missouri Senate has debated and approved its version of the appropriation bills that create the state’s operating budget for the fiscal year beginning Saturday, July 1. Legislative conference committees now will negotiate bills that resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget, which must be ratified by both chambers. The constitutional deadline for completing the process is Friday, May 5. The Senate debated and defeated an amendment to remove funding for the expansion of Medicaid managed care, so the funding is included in both the House and Senate versions. The Senate supported more flexibility in the use of hospital provider taxes. It also restored direct Medicaid “cost to continue” funding that the House of Representatives had redirected into a reserve fund.
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Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Brian Kinkade
The Missouri General Assembly has completed its enactment of House Bill 14, the supplemental appropriations bill. It authorizes funding to address budget shortfalls in the current state fiscal year, which ends Friday, June 30. HB 14 provides $189.1 million for Medicaid costs, including $50.1 million for hospital care. The bill now moves to the governor for his review.
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Staff Contacts: Ted Wedel or Sarah Willson
A state House of Representatives committee held a hearing on House Bill 1153, which would make various changes to standards governing the regulation of stroke, STEMI and trauma centers. The bill was developed by MHA to address problems raised by MHA members.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
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.
Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 9. The webinar is titled “FY 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule: Overview of the Hospital IQR Program and Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Proposals Specific to eCQMs and Meaningful Use Requirements.” Registration is required.
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In the U.S., 70.7 percent of adults age 20 years and older are considered overweight and/or obese.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention