MHA Today | May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
MO HealthNet Releases Revised Electronic Signature Rule
MO HealthNet Updates Medicaid Provider Manual
CMS Offers Marketplace Coverage Enrollment Option For Small Business

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Watch for MHA’s annual workforce report to be released Tuesday, May 16.
  • With the conclusion of the state legislative session, watch for an end-of-session report to be released this week.
  • Stay up-to-date on emergency preparedness news and resources, including upcoming educational offerings, hospital- and state-specific reports, and current initiatives and focus areas.

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state and federal health policy developments


MO HealthNet Releases Revised Electronic Signature Rule

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet has published a revised proposed rule for electronic medical record signatures in the May 15 edition of the Missouri Register. The proposed rule is found on pages 781-782. Comments on the rule must be submitted to Rules.Comment@dss.mo.gov by Thursday, June 15. MO HealthNet withdrew a proposed rule on this subject that was filed last November because a large number of comments demonstrated the original regulation was overly complicated and confusing.

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MO HealthNet Updates Medicaid Provider Manual

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

The Missouri Medicaid Provider Manual has been updated to reflect the statewide expansion of managed care statewide for parents and children that took effect May 1. The manual also includes an update to the emergency services definition. MO HealthNet summarized the changes in an email distributed Friday, May 12.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Offers Marketplace Coverage Enrollment Option For Small Business

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced plans to change the way small businesses enroll in the federal marketplace. CMS intends to propose that employers would continue to obtain a determination of Small Business Health Options Program eligibility through HealthCare.gov, but online enrollment would be removed and access to coverage would be obtained through an agent or broker. This change would begin on or after Jan. 1, 2018. CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated, “Our goal is to reduce Affordable Care Act burdens on consumers and small businesses, and make it easier for them to purchase coverage. The ACA has failed to provide affordable insurance to small business and to the American people. This new direction will help employers find affordable health care coverage for their employees and make the SHOP exchanges function more effectively.”

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Consider This ...

As many as 1,000 hepatitis-infected kidneys are rejected for implantation each year in the U.S., but new medications have made hepatitis C curable — and made it possible to consider using infected organs for transplants.

Source: STAT