MHA Today | May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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May 30, 2017

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

In This Issue
CMS Announces Date To Replace SSN Identifier With New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier
DHSS Provides Emergency Preparedness Resources

What You Need To Know This Week

  • MHA is sending a letter to Gov. Greitens encouraging him to sign the Jefferson vs. Missouri Baptist medical liability bill that passed the General Assembly.
  • MHA will be continuing its court challenge of the implementation of the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital final rule published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on March 31.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Announces Date To Replace SSN Identifier With New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it will begin mailing new Medicare cards with new beneficiary identifiers in April 2018. CMS also announced that there will be a 21-month transition period in which providers may use either the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier or the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number. CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated, “We’re taking this step to protect our seniors from fraudulent use of Social Security numbers which can lead to identity theft and illegal use of Medicare benefits. We want to be sure that Medicare beneficiaries and health care providers know about these changes well in advance and have the information they need to make a seamless transition.” The congressional deadline for replacing all Medicare cards is April 2019.

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DHSS Provides Emergency Preparedness Resources

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson or Stacie Hollis

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau of Home Care and Rehabilitative Standards is providing links to resources for home care and hospice facilities to help these providers comply with the new emergency preparedness regulations that will be effective Nov. 15. DHSS emailed links to the Maryland National Capital Homecare Association and National Alliance for Homecare. In addition, MHA has extensive compliance-related resources available online.

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Consider This ...

Last year, 5,102 people in the United States were reported to have Zika — most contracted the virus while traveling in South and Central America. Sixty-four babies in the U.S. have been affected since the government began reporting outcomes last June.

Source: Kaiser Health News/USA TODAY