MHA Today | January 3, 2018

January 3, 2018
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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January 3, 2018

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

In This Issue
General Assembly Convenes 2018 Legislative Session
CMS Launches Data System For Clinicians
Missouri Physicians Advocate For Medication-Assisted Treatment
CMS Reviews Third Quarter 2017 Inpatient Provider Participation Report Discrepancy
FCC Seeks Comments On Proposed Rule

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


General Assembly Convenes 2018 Legislative Session

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The Missouri General Assembly convened its 2018 legislative session today. Legislators have until May 11 to establish a state budget and until May 18 to create, repeal and revise Missouri laws. Republicans have super-majorities in each chamber. The House of Representatives has 116 Republicans and 47 Democrats. The Senate has 25 Republicans and nine Democrats; however, a current Republican seat is expected to be filled by a special election if a new gubernatorial appointment to the Missouri Public Service Commission is confirmed.

House leaders include Speaker of the House Todd Richardson and Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo. Senate leaders include President Pro Tem Ron Richard and Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Launches Data System For Clinicians

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched a new system for eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program to submit their 2017 performance data. Performance data can now be submitted using the Quality Payment Program website. This system replaces the CMS legacy program, which required clinicians to submit data on multiple websites. CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated, “The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 requires CMS to implement the Quality Payment Program, and we are committed to doing so in the least burdensome way possible. The new data submission system makes it easier for clinicians to meet MACRA’s reporting requirements and spend more time treating patients instead of filing paperwork.”

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Missouri Physicians Advocate For Medication-Assisted Treatment

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

Missouri physicians and clinicians published an article in the current issue of Missouri Medicine supporting medication-assisted treatment as a call-to-action for legislators to reduce opioid misuse.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Reviews Third Quarter 2017 Inpatient Provider Participation Report Discrepancy

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is reviewing a discrepancy displayed on some hospitals’ third quarter 2017 inpatient provider participation reports related to the other venous thromboembolism subpopulation. Based on initial review, it appears the total Medicare claims column on the provider participation report includes principal VTE as well as other VTE cases. Questions regarding the issue should be referred to QualityNet.

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Noteworthy


FCC Seeks Comments On Proposed Rule

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on its proposed rule, Promoting Telehealth in Rural America, utilizing the Rural Health Care Program. The RHC Program provides funding to expand broadband capabilities and develop telehealth infrastructure. The program currently is capped at $400 million. The commission is seeking comments addressing the adequacy of the $400 million cap, prioritization of funding when requests exceed the cap, and opportunities to prevent fraud and abuse in the system. Comments are due by Friday, Feb. 2, and should be identified by the WC Docket No. 17-310. Since 2013, the RHC Program has committed $8,788,934 to Missouri health care providers.

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Consider This ...

The nation's baby boomer physician workforce is aging along with the larger population. Forty-three percent of all physicians are age 55 or older. On average, specialists are older than primary care doctors.

Source: HealthLeaders Media