MHA Today | November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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November 16, 2017

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In This Issue
House Passes Tax Bill
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Interactive Health Equity Resource Available

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


House Passes Tax Bill

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

By a vote of 227 to 205, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would change the tax code. Provisions in the bill include a blanket 20 percent corporate tax rate, limitations on executive compensation, restrictions on deferred compensation plans, excise tax on compensation in excess of $1 million for nonprofits, and termination of private activity and advance refunding bonds. The Senate continues to develop its own version, which is expected to be differ in the size, scope and intent of the House-passed bill.

The Missouri Hospital Association sent letters to members of the Missouri congressional delegation in the House of Representatives and Senate regarding the debate of tax reform legislation. Issues addressed include restrictions on hospitals’ use of tax-exempt bonds and eliminating enforcement of the mandate for individuals to have some level of health insurance coverage.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 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.

  • Critical access hospitals: Deadline to apply for a hardship exception is Thursday, Nov. 30
  • Evaluation and management: Correct coding reminder
  • Virtual group for Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2018: Apply by Sunday, Dec. 31
  • Physician Compare: How to update your listing
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Quality and Population Health


Interactive Health Equity Resource Available

Staff Contacts: Peter Rao or Stephen Njenga

Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier, which is important for community well-being. It requires removing obstacles to health, such as poverty, discrimination, education, housing and environments. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have a new interactive resource to assist with strategies to reduce health inequity with various stakeholders.

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Consider This ...

Today is National Rural Health Day. During the past year, 624,000 rural Missourians (just over 40 percent of the state's rural population) had a health care encounter in a rural hospital.

Source: National Rural Health Association