MHA Today | January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

 

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January 16, 2018

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In This Issue
New Research Finds The Opioid Crisis Cost Missouri $12.6 Billion In 2016
HHS Updates Federal Poverty Guidelines
CMS Releases BPCI Advanced Episode Definitions
Hospital Construction Standards Still On-Hold
Study Finds Increased Rate Of Alcohol-Related ED Visits
HRSA Launches Public Health Webinar Series
Mercy Hospital Aurora And Cassville Name New Administrator


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New Research Finds The Opioid Crisis Cost Missouri $12.6 Billion In 2016

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

Today, MHA released new research from the Hospital Industry Data Institute that finds the total economic cost of the opioid crisis in Missouri was $12.6 billion in 2016. Using methods from the White House Council of Economic Advisors, and data released in late 2017 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the analysis found an economic burden of opioid overdose deaths and use disorder equivalent to 4.2 percent of the state’s GDP in 2016. For perspective, this was $1.4 million per hour, $24,000 per minute and $399 per second. In total the annual burden from the opioid crisis exceeds economic activity generated by the agriculture, mining and utilities sectors combined in Missouri.

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Regulatory News
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HHS Updates Federal Poverty Guidelines

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has updated its federal poverty guidelines, which are used in determining eligibility for various federal programs. The guidelines are updated annually and reflect household incomes by family size. The update will be published in the Federal Register, Thursday, Jan. 18.

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CMS Releases BPCI Advanced Episode Definitions

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced 32 new bundled payment initiatives called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced. CMS now has released a worksheet defining what comprises each initiative.

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Hospital Construction Standards Still On-Hold

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jackie Gatz

SB 635 requires the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to issue new hospital regulations that reflect the life safety code standards of the Medicare Conditions of Participation. Contradictory state regulations lapsed, per law, as of Jan. 1. MHA, in partnership with the Missouri Society For Healthcare Engineering, worked with DHSS to review draft proposed legislation in the fall of 2017. Last week, MHA received written notification from DHSS stating that new construction projects will be reviewed under the 2012 Life Safety Code and Facility Guides Institute 2010/2014. No licensure requirements will be cited. 19 CSR 30-20.030 — Construction Standards for New Hospitals — was submitted to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the General Counsel for final review before emergency filing. No timeframe exists for their review. MHA will provide updates as they are available.

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Quality and Population Health


Study Finds Increased Rate Of Alcohol-Related ED Visits

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the federal National Institutes of Health has published a study concluding that the rate of alcohol-related visits to U.S. hospital emergency departments increased 47 percent between 2006 and 2014. During that period, the rate of ED visits rose by 40 percent for acute alcohol consumption and by 58 percent for chronic alcohol consumption. Researchers found higher rates of growth in alcohol-related ED visits among women than men. The highest ED rates for acute alcohol misuse were for middle-aged Americans. There was a significant decline in ED visits for acute alcohol misuse by children ages 12 to 17.

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HRSA Launches Public Health Webinar Series

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health - Region 7, are launching a new Public Health Webinar Series. The first program, Cardiovascular Disease in Women and Minority Populations, will be held 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT, Thursday, Feb. 1. Registration is required.

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CEO Announcements


Mercy Hospital Aurora And Cassville Name New Administrator

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Nicki Gamet was named Administrator of Mercy Hospital Aurora and Cassville, effective Dec. 23. Gamet previously served as executive director of operations at both hospitals and has been with Mercy more than 20 years. She succeeds Doug Stroemel, who retired, effective Dec. 22. Stroemel had served with Mercy for 16 years. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Nearly three Missourians died each day from an opioid overdose during 2016.

Source: HIDI HealthStats