MHA Today | August 31, 2017

August 31, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
MO HealthNet Alerts Providers About Online Claims Submission Problem
MO HealthNet Posts Telehealth Rate Cut
Board Of Pharmacy Publishes Class J Proposed Pharmacy Rules
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
AAMC Assesses Medical School Cost And Student Debt

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MO HealthNet Alerts Providers About Online Claims Submission Problem

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet reports that some providers are having problems submitting claims online through the eMOMED system. Those encountering a problem should call the Wipro help desk at 573/635-3559.

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MO HealthNet Posts Telehealth Rate Cut

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

The MO HealthNet Division has published a provider bulletin alerting rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers that the reimbursement rate for telehealth originating site facility fees is reduced by 3 percent, effective July 1, as provided in the fiscal year 2018 state budget. 

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Board Of Pharmacy Publishes Class J Proposed Pharmacy Rules

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

On Aug. 7, MHA notified members that the emergency rule, promulgated by the Board of Pharmacy regarding standards for Class J: Shared Services pharmacy licensure, went into effect. Many hospitals in Missouri have a Class J license which allows dispensing of a prescription from one pharmacy to another. The emergency rule exempted Class J pharmacies from the requirements of 20 CSR 2220-2.120 and 20 CSR 2220-6.030(4) when transferring prescription information between health system-owned pharmacies. MHA also noted the additional change that Class J pharmacies would be subject to normal rule review. The rest of the Class J proposed rules have been published for review and comment. Comments may be made to the Board of Pharmacy.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • New Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Reports available for short-term acute care hospitals
  • Departmental appeals board: submit feedback
  • Fact sheet reminders for:
    • Telehealth services
    • Rural health clinic
    • Inpatient rehabilitation facility PPS
    • Physician fee schedule

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Workforce News


AAMC Assesses Medical School Cost And Student Debt

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Jill Williams

The American Association of Medical Colleges has issued a report on the cost of medical school attendance and student debt for graduates of U.S. medical schools. For 2016, the median four-year cost of attendance was $249,000, and the median education debt of indebted graduates was $190,000. There is variation between public and private medical schools in both cost and student debt.

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