MHA Today | July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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What You Need To Know This Week

  • Watch for the release of the Medicare Inpatient PPS final rule for fiscal year 2018.
  • Look for new announcements from the Trump administration and/or Congress about marketplace stabilization initiatives, including “cost-sharing reduction” payments.

state and federal health policy developments

McCaskill Expands Investigation Of Opioid Distribution

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is expanding her investigation “into the causes of the current opioid epidemic.” Sen. McCaskill has sent letters to four additional pharmaceutical manufacturers and three opioid distributors regarding the distribution system for opioids, and efforts to detect and prevent the diversion of opioids for illicit use. The investigation is being done under the auspices of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Sen. McCaskill is the senior Democratic member. 

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Consider This ...

In 2015, there were 1,239 new Hepatitis A cases reported in the U.S. compared to 56,797 in 1970.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention