November 29, 2017
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In This Issue
Trump Visits Missouri To Promote Tax Reform Legislation
CMS Releases Results Of Week Four Marketplace Enrollment
Missouri Register Issues Proposed Rules On Reporting Health Care-Associated Infection Rates
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
President Trump visited St. Charles, Mo., today to hold a rally promoting congressional enactment of tax reform legislation. The U.S. Senate is expected to debate its version of the legislation soon. MHA has expressed concerns about the Senate and House versions of the legislation.
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Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released results of marketplace plan selections through the fourth week of open enrollment. Through Nov. 25, 2,781,260 individuals selected coverage, which is up from last year’s total of 2,137,717. CMS indicates that 718,285 selections are from new customers.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Sarah Willson
Since the passage of Senate Bill 579 by the 2016 Missouri General Assembly, hospitals have been waiting on further guidance for new reporting requirements of health care-associated infection rates. The Dec. 1 publication of the Missouri Register contains proposed regulations addressing new definitions, procedures and metrics, and it changes the annual registration and reporting requirements regarding annual health care-associated infections for hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and abortion facilities.
There is a 30-day comment period beginning Friday, Dec. 1. Comments may be directed to Kerri Tesreau, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health, PO Box 570, Jefferson City, MO, 65102-0570. MHA will provide additional information as it becomes available.
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About 42 percent of cancer cases and 45 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S. are linked to modifiable risk factors like cigarette smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, excess body weight, physical inactivity, sun exposure, alcohol intake and dietary choices.
Source: American Cancer Society