MHA Today | July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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July 24, 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
MHA Writes Governor About Stroke And STEMI Regulation
State Officials Distribute Joint Letter On State Opioid Initiatives
MHA Distributes Occupational Mix Data For Review

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The Senate is expected to take action as soon as tomorrow on repeal or replace of the Affordable Care Act. Hospitals are urged to contact Sens. Blunt and McCaskill to oppose the measures.

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state and federal health policy developments


MHA Writes Governor About Stroke And STEMI Regulation

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Daniel Landon

MHA has sent a letter to Gov. Eric Greitens regarding emerging concerns with the implementation of state laws and regulations governing the designation of stroke and STEMI centers. MHA staff continues to work with Department of Health and Senior Services officials and MHA-member hospitals to resolve these issues.

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State Officials Distribute Joint Letter On State Opioid Initiatives

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

Five state agency directors have written a joint letter regarding the Greitens administration’s initiatives on opioid abuse prevention and response. The letter is reported to have been distributed to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and others in the health care field.

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MHA Distributes Occupational Mix Data For Review

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA has made available an analysis of the hospital occupational mix data that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will use to develop the federal fiscal year 2019 Medicare hospital wage index. Hospitals can review their hospital-specific data and request any revisions until Friday, Sept. 1. This is the only opportunity hospitals have to request revisions to their data. Subsequent opportunities for correction can only address Medicare Administrative Contractor mishandling of data. The analysis includes a comparison of hospitals’ preliminary 2016 wage data. Results are displayed by aggregated data for the core-based statistical area, state and nation. MHA has posted the files to HIDI Analytic Advantage® for review.

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Consider This ...

Nationally, 119 rural health hospitals have closed since 2005, with 81 of those occurring since 2010. In the U.S., one out of five people live in rural areas.

Source: Reuters