MHA Today | May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017
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MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

In This Issue
MHA Urges Governor To Approve Medical Liability Legislation
Report Reviews Details Of AHCA Legislation
Mallinckrodt Responds To McCaskill Drug Pricing Query
FFY 2018 Proposed Medicare IRF PPS Available
KHN Announces New Zika Threat
Rural Funding Opportunities From USDA

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MHA Urges Governor To Approve Medical Liability Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

MHA sent Gov. Eric Greitens a letter asking him to approve medical liability legislation recently enacted by the Missouri General Assembly. House Bill 452 reverses the Jefferson v. Missouri Baptist court ruling, narrowing hospital liability for health care providers who are not hospital employees. MHA’s letter refers to a Jan. 13, 2017, letter to Greitens from the MHA Board of Trustees voicing support for the legislation. The governor has until Friday, July 14, to approve or veto most bills enacted during the recently-completed state legislative session.

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Report Reviews Details Of AHCA Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Congressional Research Service issued a report on the American Health Care Act as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The 66-page report reviews the content of each section of the legislation and compares it to current law.

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Mallinckrodt Responds To McCaskill Drug Pricing Query

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The St. Louis-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Mallinckrodt responded to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s query regarding the pricing and other implications of the firm’s acquisition of an intravenous acetaminophen product. Mallinckrodt bought the product’s previous manufacturer in 2014 and doubled the product’s list price. The company asserts significant potential savings for hospitals that use the product to supplant opioids for surgical pain management. McCaskill’s query references a need to “recognize the critical need to explore the economic considerations that may favor opioids as a treatment for pain.”

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


FFY 2018 Proposed Medicare IRF PPS Analysis Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

An analysis that illustrates the estimated financial effect of the federal fiscal year 2018 proposed Medicare inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system rule is available online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage.® It includes a summary for the nation, Missouri, health systems and individual hospitals. Hospitals have until Monday, June 26, to review the impact and submit comments about the rule to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For Missouri, the overall effect of the proposed updates for FFY 2018 is an estimated increase of 0.7 percent. This increase does not reflect payment reductions from Medicare sequestration.

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Quality and Population Health


KHN Announces New Zika Threat

Staff Contact: Stacie Hollis

Kaiser Health News released an article announcing that the Zika virus poses a renewed threat this year and stresses the need for active surveillance and testing. Last year, 5,102 people in the United States were reported with the disease, but experts feel some cases were unreported. They also question whether screening is feasible because uncertainty remains around whether states will receive adequate federal support. There also is a concern that many states lack the infrastructure to adequately address an outbreak. Through coordination in the regional Health Care Coalitions, Missouri hospitals and public health facilities have raised awareness and continually discuss plans and response efforts around the possibility of an emerging disease outbreak.

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Noteworthy


Rural Funding Opportunities From USDA

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

Several funding opportunities now are available from the United States Department of Agriculture. The Rural Community Development Initiative awards up to $250,000 in matching funds for organizations providing financial and technical assistance to promote economic development in the community. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 25.

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant may be used to fund telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies which extend educational and medical applications into rural areas. The application deadline is Monday, July 17.

The Delta Health Care Service Grant Program’s purpose is to provide financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region, through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions and economic development entities in the Delta Region. The application deadline is Monday, July 17.

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Consider This ...

Estimates show there are more than 40,000 health care smartphone apps currently available. What’s more, use of these apps is on the rise. More than 50 percent of smartphone users surveyed responded that they have used their device to gather health information, and almost 20 percent of this population has at least one health care app on their device.

Source: STAT