MHA Today | September 14, 2017

September 14, 2017
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In This Issue
MHA Members Participate In Congressional Advocacy Event
Health Subcommittee Examines Funding Extensions
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CMS Announces OQR Education Session


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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


MHA Members Participate In Congressional Advocacy Event

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

Fifty hospital executives, governing board members and medical staff participated in MHA’s Federal Advocacy Team event in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12-13. They met with Missouri's two Senators, six members of the U.S. House of Representatives who represent multiple rural hospitals, as well as heard a presentation by Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News. The advocacy briefing materials addressed such issues as the 340B drug discount program, legislative initiatives with a Sept. 30 deadline, Medicaid block grants and capped funding models, repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and federal regulatory initiatives.

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Health Subcommittee Examines Funding Extensions

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, held a hearing today to examine the extension of funding for the National Health Service Corps and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program. The subcommittee also reviewed bills introduced to enhance funding for programs relating to the health professions workforce.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


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.

  • Quality payment program: new resources available
  • Billing for ambulance transports – reminder
  • PECOS and DMEPOS suppliers booklet – reminder

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces OQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Outpatient Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 20. The webinar, “Your Data Is Showing: Public Reporting,” is offered at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; registration is required.

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Consider This ...

Each year, approximately 50,000 people visit the emergency department due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention