MHA Today | November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017
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November 15, 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
Week Two Marketplace Enrollment Results Released
Emergency Preparedness Rule Effective Today
End Of Month Deadline To Avoid EHR Payment Adjustments
Pharmacists May Administer Naloxone
Kindred Hospital Kansas City Announces Closure

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Week Two Marketplace Enrollment Results Released

Staff Contacts: Andrew Wheeler

Marketplace plan selections through the second week of open enrollment were released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Through Nov. 11, 1,478,250 individuals have signed up for 2018 marketplace coverage, which is up 47 percent from last year’s total of 1,008,218. CMS also indicates that 345,719 selections are from new customers.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Emergency Preparedness Rule Effective Today

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jackie Gatz

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers rule was effective Nov. 15, 2016, with an allowance for a one-year implementation period. Health care providers and suppliers affected by this rule must be in compliance with the regulations today, Nov. 15. CMS’ intent with the rule is to establish a uniform approach to disaster management among certain providers, as well as encourage collaborative approaches in plan design requiring community and health care partnerships. As of today, hospitals are subject to full regulatory inspection of their emergency preparedness plan. The Missouri Hospital Association has assembled numerous resources to help hospitals with their plan preparation and implementation.

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End Of Month Deadline To Avoid EHR Payment Adjustments

Staff Contacts: Jim Mikes

Critical access hospitals that did not achieve Meaningful Use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Thursday, Nov. 30, for a hardship exception to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not achieve Meaningful Use or receive a hardship exception for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Thursday, Nov. 30, for reconsideration of their 2018 payment adjustment. Instructions and applications are available.

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Pharmacists May Administer Naloxone

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Board of Pharmacy offered guidance on the ability of pharmacists to administer naloxone to an overdosing person. The Board references RsMo 195.206 when a person “acting in good faith and reasonable care” administers Naloxone to someone believed to have overdosed on an opioid. The Board guidance states they would not require a pharmacist to comply with 20 CSR 2220-6.040 Administration by Medical Prescription Order when administering naloxone in good faith to an overdosing patient.

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Noteworthy


Kindred Hospital Kansas City Announces Closure

Staff Contacts: Carol Boessen

Kindred Hospital Kansas City will be consolidating services to nearby Kindred Hospital Northland in the next 60 days. The transition is expected to be completed by Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

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Consider This ...

Rural youths over the age of 12 are 7.6 percent more likely to smoke cigarettes than youths in large metro areas.

Source: National Rural Health Association