MHA Today | October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017
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In This Issue
CHIP Extension Pauses For Bipartisan Negotiations
Eric Hargan Named As Acting HHS Secretary
MO HealthNet Issues Hot Tips On Retail Pharmacy Billing, Vaccine Claims For Dual Eligibles
MHA Supports End To Mandatory Participation in Medicare Bundled Payment Models
CMS Streamlining Meaningful Use Attestation For Eligible Hospitals
CoxHealth To Acquire Barton County Memorial Hospital

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


CHIP Extension Pauses For Bipartisan Negotiations

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Brian Kinkade

Debate of federal legislation to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program will be delayed to allow bipartisan negotiations about funding sources. A statement by the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee indicates the negotiations will continue through the end of this week. If no deal is reached, the House of Representatives will begin debating the committee’s version of H.R. 3921 on October 23, immediately following next week’s House recess.

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Eric Hargan Named As Acting HHS Secretary

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Eric Hargan has been named the acting Health and Human Services Secretary, replacing Don Wright who served in the position since Tom Price resigned on September 29. Hagan previously served on President Trump’s HHS transition team and in the Bush administration.

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MO HealthNet Issues Hot Tips On Retail Pharmacy Billing, Vaccine Claims For Dual Eligibles<

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet issued provider “hot tips” for pharmacies requesting pricing inquiries for administration of the Medicaid participant’s share of the pharmacy dispensing fee, and for proper billing for vaccinations for elders and disabled persons enrolled in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Supports End To Mandatory Participation in Medicare Bundled Payment Models

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

MHA has submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That responds to CMS’ proposed rule to cancel the Medicare episode payment and cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment models, which have not yet been implemented. The rule also would narrow the scope of the Medicare comprehensive care for joint replacement model so that it is no longer mandatory for any Missouri hospital. MHA previously advocated for such changes with CMS and in Congress. MHA’s advocacy asserted that mandatory participation in CMS’ complex payment experiences treats hospitals as “lab rats,” with implications for their ability to survive or thrive.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Streamlining Meaningful Use Attestation For Eligible Hospitals

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is continuing to take steps to make attestation simpler for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. Details on upcoming changes are available.

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Noteworthy


CoxHealth To Acquire Barton County Memorial Hospital

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

A letter of intent has been signed allowing CoxHealth in Springfield to acquire Barton County Memorial Hospital in Lamar. The partnership will expand CoxHealth’s services in the region and improve access to health care for patients in the Ozarks. A due diligence period follows the signing of the letter of intent. Once that period is complete, a final agreement for approval will be signed between CoxHealth and Barton County Memorial Hospital. The plans are expected to be finalized by the end of the year.

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Consider This ...

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. physicians are reluctant to seek mental health care out of fear that it might imperil their medical license.

Source: Reuters