MHA Today | March 7, 2018

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March 7, 2018

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In This Issue
House Advances Advisory Committee On Rare Diseases
Committee Reviews FRA Legislation
Legislation Revamps APRN Supervision Standards
McCaskill Calls To Uphold Prudent Layperson Standards For ER Coverage
Newborn Eye Drops Bill Advances
Trajectories: Broadening The Culture Of Safety: Addressing Workplace Violence
CMS Announces Fourth Quarter 2017 HCAHPS Survey Data Submission Deadline
CMS Announces Education Session

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House Advances Advisory Committee On Rare Diseases

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A House committee approved House Bill 2407, which would create an “Advisory Council on Rare Diseases and Personalized Medicine.” It would advise the MO HealthNet Division’s Drug Development Review Board regarding access to drugs and biological products used in treating Medicaid patients with rare diseases. Also, in debating a bill on bone marrow registries, House Bill 1953, the House of Representatives amended it to include House Bill 2407.

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Committee Reviews FRA Legislation

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The state House Budget Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 775, which reauthorizes the hospital Federal Reimbursement Allowance and the other state provider taxes. It also upgrades a payment safeguard in the hospital FRA law. MHA is promoting the bill.

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Legislation Revamps APRN Supervision Standards

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A House committee reviewed House Bill 1502, which changes physician supervision requirements and licensure standards for advanced practice registered nurses.

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McCaskill Calls To Uphold Prudent Layperson Standards For ER Coverage

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

U.S. Senators McCaskill and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) sent a letter to the secretaries of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor to review the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield practice of denying certain emergency room visits. Specifically, the senators state that Anthem may have violated federal law by denying ER claims that should have been allowed under the Prudent Layperson standard. The senators also ask for a response to eight questions by Friday, March 30.

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Newborn Eye Drops Bill Advances

Staff Contacts: Rob Monsees or Sarah Willson

A state Senate committee approved Senate Bill 960, which changes the reporting and standards of consent for required administration of eye drops in newborns. MHA is promoting the legislation to resolve conflicts between a 1909 state law and more modern patient consent practices.

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Quality and Population Health


Trajectories: Broadening The Culture Of Safety: Addressing Workplace Violence

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

Trajectories - March 2018The March 2018 issue of Trajectories focuses on promoting a culture of safety within hospitals while addressing workplace violence. Nationally, hospitals and health care providers are four times more likely to be victims of violence in the workplace compared to all other industries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Missouri, hospitals are experiencing record high accounts of violence against their workforce. Aggressive behavior, verbal threats and physical assaults have become commonplace, which has led to an increase in violence within hospitals, often directed at caregivers. Once perceived as exempt from such behavior, the environment in hospitals has changed as a result of several contributing factors. Two Missouri organizations highlight their efforts in addressing workplace and community-based violence.

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CMS Announces Fourth Quarter 2017 HCAHPS Survey Data Submission Deadline

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The submission deadline for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems patient perspectives on care survey data for fourth quarter 2017 discharges (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31) is Wednesday, April 4. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services encourages all hospitals to submit data at least two days before the deadline to allow time to address any submission issues. Inpatient Prospective Payment System hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program must collect and submit HCAHPS data to qualify to receive their full annual payment update. Non-IPPS hospitals must meet the same submission deadline for their data to be published on Hospital Compare.

The review and correction period is April 5-11, during which time participating hospitals have the opportunity to access and review the HCAHPS data review and correction report. New data are not accepted into the warehouse during this period, but errors in data accepted into the warehouse by the April 4 deadline can be corrected and resubmitted.

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CMS Announces Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and Medicare Electronic Health Record programs has been scheduled at 1 p.m. Monday, March 19. Registration is required for the webinar, “CMS QRDA Category I Implementation Guide Changes for CY 2018 for Hospital Quality Reporting.”

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Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention