MHA Today | February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018
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February 22, 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
House Health Committee Advances Hospital Regulatory Relief Legislation
State Senate Committee Reviews Helmet Law Repeal
CMS Releases Hospice CAHPS Results
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CDC Launches Antibiotic Stewardship Online Course
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital CEO Resigns

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


House Health Committee Advances Hospital Regulatory Relief Legislation

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

Yesterday, the House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee voted 9-0 to “do pass” House Bill 2183, sponsored by Rep. Jack Bondon (R-Belton). HB 2183 builds upon regulatory relief legislation passed last year, which harmonizes the survey standards between state and federal oversight of Medicare Conditions of Participation. The current legislation would provide specific direction to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to assure that the state standards keep pace with changes made to the federal standards. The legislation also assures that “catty-corner” property is considered adjacent for hospital campus purposes.

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State Senate Committee Reviews Helmet Law Repeal

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A Missouri Senate committee reviewed legislation that would allow adult motorcyclists to forego wearing helmets. Senate Bill 556 requires the motorcycle operator who does so to have health insurance offering at least $1 million in coverage. MHA opposes the bill.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Releases Hospice CAHPS Results

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released results of the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System survey. The patient satisfaction results are intended to help patients, caregivers and families make more informed decisions about choosing a hospice provider. The information is available to view on Hospice Compare.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • low-volume appeals settlement process
  • payments for outpatient services provided to beneficiaries who are inpatients of other facilities
  • new and revised provider compliance tips
  • CMS provider minute video: Utilizing your Medicare Administrative Contractor to prepare for Comprehensive Error Rate Testing review
  • Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System booklet for physicians and non-physician practitioners

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Quality and Population Health


CDC Launches Antibiotic Stewardship Online Course

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office of Antibiotic Stewardship released the first course of a four-part online training series on antibiotic stewardship. Additional segments will be released later this year. Completing the free training counts as an improvement activity under Medicare's new Merit-based Incentive Payment System for clinicians. It also qualifies for certain continuing education credits.

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CEO Announcements


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital CEO Resigns

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Peggy Sebastian, chief executive officer of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, Ill., resigned effective Wednesday, Feb. 21. She served as CEO since January 2016. While Hospital Sisters Health System conducts a national search for her replacement, Patricia Fischer, chief operating officer of St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill., will serve as interim CEO. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

In the U.S., the number of babies born experiencing opioid withdrawal tripled during a 15-year period. In Missouri, the number of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome rose 538 percent in 10 years.

Source: The Kansas City Star