MHA Today | January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018
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January 24, 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
Issue Brief: Congress Enacts Resolution To Fund Government Through Feb. 8
Senate Confirms Azar As HHS Secretary
Lawsuit Challenges Kentucky Medicaid Work Requirement
2018 CPC Plus Participants Announced
FDA Extends Shelf Life Of Certain IV Solutions In Short Supply
CMS Updates OQR Specifications Manual

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Issue Brief: Congress Enacts Resolution To Fund Government Through Feb. 8

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Congress passed a continuing resolution, which will continue funding the federal government through Thursday, Feb. 8. The CR included a six-year funding extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, extended certain demonstration and quality programs, extended the moratorium on medical device excise tax, delayed the implementation of an excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage, and suspended the annual fee on health insurers. The Joint Committee on Taxation released an estimate that the delayed taxes will reduce federal revenue by $31.3 billion throughout the next 10 years. MHA published an issue brief with additional details.

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Senate Confirms Azar As HHS Secretary

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Alex Azar to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Lawsuit Challenges Kentucky Medicaid Work Requirement

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Brian Kinkade

A lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirement has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. A Medicaid waiver authorizing the state to impose a work requirement on non-disabled adult Medicaid participants was approved by the Trump Administration on Jan. 12. The lawsuit seeks class-action status to prevent the state from imposing a work requirement on the grounds that the waiver authorizing the work requirement is an illegal effort to amend the federal laws that govern Medicaid eligibility. The case is Stewart v. Hargan, D.D.C No. 1:18-cv-152.

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2018 CPC Plus Participants Announced

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an interactive map illustrating Comprehensive Primary Care Plus participants for 2018. CPC+ is a national advanced primary care medical home model, which strengthens primary care through regionally-based multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation. In 2018, 2,982 primary care practices will be participating, and Missouri will have five participating entities in CPC+.

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Quality and Population Health


FDA Extends Shelf Life Of Certain IV Solutions In Short Supply

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

Due to the ongoing shortage of IV solutions, the Food and Drug Administration announced today that hospitals may use certain intravenous solutions made by Baxter Healthcare Corporation beyond the labeled expiration date. If leaks are found in the bags, health care professionals should not use them. The FDA says the products should continue to be stored as labeled, and once replacement product is available, the expired products should be replaced and properly disposed of as soon as possible.

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CMS Updates OQR Specifications Manual

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services determined that an update is required to the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program specifications manual version 10.0a for encounters beginning Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017. The update corrects and updates OP-26 surgical procedure codes and is available on QualityNet.

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Consider This ...

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 11,000 reported assaults occur in the workplace each year, and health care workers account for 75 percent of workplace violence victims.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch