MHA Today | March 1, 2018

March 1, 2018
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March 1, 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
AHA Releases 340B Community Benefit Report
Analysis Of Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary Report Available
House Committee Advances “Right To Shop” Legislation
Legislative Committee Considers Mental Health Parity Bill
State House Approves Bill Easing Hospice Death Investigations
State Senate Approves Hospital Regulatory Relief Legislation
Issue Brief Reviews BBA Medicare Extender Provisions
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
MHA Announces Visionary Leadership Award Call For Nominations
CMS Announces Education Session
CMS Announces Next Rural Open Door Forum

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state and federal health policy developments


AHA Releases 340B Community Benefit Report

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The American Hospital Association released a new report that highlights the benefits communities receive from tax exempt 340B hospitals. According to the report, communities received more than $50 billion in total benefits in 2015 alone. As strategies are being developed to reverse the significant cuts in payments for certain drugs purchased under the 340B program, this analysis highlights the benefits of the 340B program and provides information that can be used to promote payment restoration and program preservation.

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Analysis Of Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary Report Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Missouri Hospital Association released an analysis illustrating the average Medicare spending per beneficiary by hospital, with comparisons to average spending for Missouri and the nation. The information includes details about the spending up to three days before admission, during the admission and up to 30 days post-discharge. The report is based on the fourth quarter 2017 data released on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website and reflects the time period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016.

Policy and analytic studies, prepared for distribution by the Hospital Industry Data Institute, are available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®.

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House Committee Advances “Right To Shop” Legislation

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

After weeks of deliberations, a Missouri House committee approved a scaled-back version of “Right to Shop” legislation. The original bill would have created a complex system of price transparency coupled with allowing insured enrollees to share in the savings if negotiated payments are less than the insurer’s average reimbursement. The committee modified the bill to apply only to the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan, which provides coverage for state employees, and to narrow the types of affected services.

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Legislative Committee Considers Mental Health Parity Bill

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

A Missouri House committee held an extended hearing on House Bill 2384, which would revise state law governing parity of insurance benefits for mental health services.

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State House Approves Bill Easing Hospice Death Investigations

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The Missouri House of Representatives gave first-round approval of a revised version of House Bill 1895. The bill removes the requirement that a coroner or medical examiner investigate a hospice patient’s death if the death is certified by the treating physician or hospice medical director. The bill also extends the deadline for notifying the coroner or medical examiner of the death of a hospice patient. MHA is promoting the legislation.

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State Senate Approves Hospital Regulatory Relief Legislation

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The Missouri Senate unanimously has approved Senate Bill 951. The bill redefines a hospital premises to include property that is “catty-corner” across an intersection from the main hospital property. It also allows state hospital licensure regulations to automatically update to be in sync with CMS standards. Current state law prevents state regulations from automatically updating to stay current with external standards such as CMS’ Conditions of Participation. Updates now require new state regulations, a process taking six to nine months to complete. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Issue Brief Reviews BBA Medicare Extender Provisions

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an MLN Connects special letter addressing several Medicare expired legislative provisions that were extended in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. MHA published an issue brief, which contains the contents of the special letter.

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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.

  • Patients over Paperwork newsletter
  • Medicare electronic health records incentive program hospital attestation: Deadline extended to Friday, March 16
  • Merit-Based Incentive Payment System
    • reporting deadlines
    • apply to participate in quality measures study by Friday, March 23
    • 2018 Qualified Clinical Data Registry measure specifications
    • claims-based quality measures projections and results video

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Quality and Population Health


MHA Announces Visionary Leadership Award Call For Nominations

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth Visionary Leadership Award

The 2018 MHA Visionary Leadership Award call for nominations is open, and nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, May 4. The award recognizes innovative service and program initiatives led by the CEO that result in improved clinical and population-based health outcomes. Focus areas include access to quality care within the community, improved clinical outcomes, care coordination between the community and acute care settings of chronic diseases, improved safety outcomes, or partnerships to address population-health issues.

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CMS Announces Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing and Inpatient Quality Reporting programs has been scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. Registration is required for the webinar, “Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks and Hospitals Collaboration to Improve Quality of Care: 30-Day Mortality Measures.”

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Noteworthy


CMS Announces Next Rural Open Door Forum

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services scheduled the next Rural Health Open Door Forum for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. The agenda includes an overview of the Medicare Extender Provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, as well as updates related to Rural Health Clinics. Participants can join the call by dialing 800/837-1935 with Reference Conference ID 31624745.

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Consider This ...

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. People with a first-degree relative who has colon cancer have two to three times the risk of developing the disease. With regular screening, colon cancer can be found early, when treatment is most effective.

Source: Colorectal Cancer Alliance