MHA Today | February 7, 2018

February 7, 2018
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February 7, 2018

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In This Issue
MHA Opposes State Bill Restricting Covenants Not To Compete
Regulatory Relief For Hospitals Heard In Senate Committee
U.S. Senate Develops Its Own Budget Continuation Legislation
CMS Releases HQRP, HIS And Hospice CAHPS FY 2020 Requirements
2018 Aim For Excellence Award — Call For Applications
CMS Hosting Q&A Session Regarding CY 2017 EHR Attestation

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MHA Opposes State Bill Restricting Covenants Not To Compete

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

MHA is opposing a state legislative proposal restricting the use of covenants not to compete in practitioner employment contracts. A House committee recently approved a new version of House Bill 2088 based on the recommendations of the bill sponsor, a physician. It bars for-profit organizations from using covenants not to compete in their practitioner employment contracts but allows their not-for-profit counterparts to use them under specified circumstances. The bill will go through a second level of committee review in the House. MHA sent the committee a letter of opposition and is contacting committee members and their hospitals.

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Regulatory Relief For Hospitals Heard In Senate Committee

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

Today, the Senate Health and Pensions Committee conducted a hearing on Senate Bill 951, sponsored by Senator Sandy Crawford (R-28), which provides regulatory relief for hospitals. This legislation follows up on Senate Bill 50, passed last year, which set the baseline of the Medicare Conditions of Participation for state hospital regulations. As the CoPs change, the Department of Health and Senior Services needs the ability to quickly recognize the new standards and survey accordingly. SB 951 allows hospitals that already are changing their practices to meet these new Medicare certification requirements to avoid conflicting out-of-date state standards. The legislation also clarifies that for purposes of a hospital’s licensing, they can extend their hospital campus to “catty-corner” properties. In some cases, DHSS has interpreted the hospital licensing premises statute in a very limiting fashion.

MHA, SSM Health and St. Luke’s Health System testified in favor of SB 951.

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U.S. Senate Develops Its Own Budget Continuation Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate announced a negotiated compromise proposal to address the impending lapse of federal spending authority. It includes a broad range of health-related “extender” components, including a delay in state’s Medicaid disproportionate share hospital allotment reductions, and reauthorization of enhanced Medicare payments for Medicare Dependent Hospitals and Low-Volume Hospitals. The Senate’s action sets the stage for negotiations with the House of Representatives, which yesterday approved a much different version of the legislation. Federal spending authority expires Thursday at midnight.

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CMS Releases HQRP, HIS And Hospice CAHPS FY 2020 Requirements

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released documents containing details about the fiscal year 2020 hospice quality reporting program. The HQRP consists of the Hospice Item Set and the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.

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Quality and Population Health


2018 Aim For Excellence Award — Call For Applications

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

2018 Aim for Excellence AwardMHA is again pleased to announce the Aim for Excellence Award — an annual, prestigious award to recognize Missouri hospitals’ innovation and outcomes. The award will recognize up to six member organization- or team-based projects that address at least two Triple Aim principles of better health, better care and lower costs. Awards will be presented at MHA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 7. Visit MHA’s website for more information and to apply online.

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CMS Hosting Q&A Session Regarding CY 2017 EHR Attestation

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hosting a questions and answers session at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, to field questions about the transition of Electronic Health Record Incentive Program calendar year 2017 attestations to the QualityNet secure portal. Attendees are encouraged to submit their questions via email prior to the webinar using the subject line, “Questions and Answers Session.” Registration is required.

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Consider This ...

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention