MHA Today | March 9, 2018

March 9, 2018
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March 9, 2018

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.


Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

You don’t have to be Hippocrates to understand that the first goal of health care is to not harm the patient. The strength of the patient-provider relationship is founded on that intention. And, every day — through an ever expanding understanding of how to provide safe and effective care — hospitals and health care providers get better at reducing patient harm.

Next week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. MHA will use the week to share stories of quality and patient safety improvement in Missouri hospitals. I’d encourage you to do the same. And, if your hospital is on social media, add the #PSAW18 hashtag to your tweets, or tag @MOHealthMatters on Facebook to share your story with a larger audience.

It’s important to celebrate the time and energy that it takes to protect patients. Many of the things that hospital employees do — some instinctively, others very deliberately — help prevent harm. However, there always will be more that can be done.

In November, we honored two hospitals for their achievements in patient safety and quality at the MHA's 95th Convention & Trade Show. Both Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, and Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, received an Aim for Excellence Award for their projects. We will feature their efforts next week, among others. However, the stories of all of the 2017 high-scoring applicants are available in last year’s compendium.

I have another suggestion: channel your competitive spirit.

Aim for Excellence AwardThe call for entries is open for the 2018 Aim for Excellence Awards. The award recognizes Missouri hospitals’ innovation and outcomes. It also encourages hospitals to take novel approaches, creates an opportunity for knowledge dissemination among Missouri hospitals and can provide a platform for publication in professional journals. Our goal for the award is to establish it as the gold standard for improvement and innovation.

Despite the fact that Hippocrates practiced medicine in a very different era, he got it right. The fact that we now can do much more to serve patients doesn’t mean that the risk of harm is less. In fact, it’s probably more. As a result, it’s a central focus.

Throughout more than a decade, hospitals have made tremendous leaps in quality and patient safety. Hospitals have engaged with patient safety organizations, and created standardized wristbands and codes. There’s been collaboration through HENs and HIINs and FLEX, and countless pauses and checklist references.

There’s time next week for another pause — to celebrate how far hospitals have come.

Send me a note to let me know what you’re thinking.

Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

Herb B. Kuhn
MHA President and CEO

In This Issue
MO HealthNet Schedules Provider-Specific Training Sessions
CMS Announces Medicare Pharmaceutical And Technology Ombudsman
PCSS Offers MAT Waiver Trainings
Shriners Hospitals For Children Names New Administrator


state and federal health policy developments

MO HealthNet Schedules Provider-Specific Training Sessions

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet is offering classroom training sessions on Missouri Medicaid benefits, documentation requirements and claims submission processes for several different provider groups, including physician/clinics services, behavioral health, ambulance, dental and durable medical equipment. These classes are held at the MO HealthNet office at 615 Howerton Court in Jefferson City. Webinar participation is offered for behavioral health and applied behavioral health classes. Rregistration is required.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

CMS Announces Medicare Pharmaceutical And Technology Ombudsman

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that James Bailey now is serving as the Medicare pharmaceutical and technology ombudsman. This role was established by the 21st Century Cures Act, and it is intended to receive and address concerns and questions from pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and diagnostic product manufacturers, as well as other stakeholders, regarding Medicare coding, payment and coverage.

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Quality and Population Health

PCSS Offers MAT Waiver Trainings

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Shawn Billings

Providers Clinical Support System is offering free medication-assisted treatment waiver training for providers to prescribe medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Eight hours of training is required to obtain a waiver from the Drug Enforcement Agency to prescribe buprenorphine one of three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Three PCSS-MAT waiver trainings will be held in Missouri in the coming months.

  • Saturday, May 12 Columbia
  • Saturday, June 2 St. Louis
  • Saturday, Sept. 29 Kansas City

Further details, including registration information, will be released soon.

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CEO Announcements

Shriners Hospitals For Children Names New Administrator

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Phillip Grady has been named administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis, effective in April. He will succeed John Gloss who retired in January. Mark Venable, director of human resources, has been serving as interim administrator. Grady currently is interim administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children Pasadena Medical Center in California, and he previously served as vice president of support services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?

March 5, 2018
Greitens Administration Expands On Announcement Of Medicaid Opioid Prescribing Initiative
CMS Releases Corrected HSRs Related To CLABSI, CAUTI And CDI
CMS Invites Feedback On Draft eCQM Packages For 2019 Reporting
Federal Judge Issues Second Order Invalidating DSH Audit Rule

March 6, 2018
House Approves Prescription Drug Take-Back Program
Committee Advances Bills To House Debate
Medicaid Imposes Limits On Opioid Prescriptions
CMS Announces MyHealthEData Initiative
Low Volume Appeals Settlement Option Update Call
SAMHSA Releases Publication Addressing Medications For Opioid Use Disorder
CMS Updates Data On IRF And LTCH Compare

March 7, 2018
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

March 8, 2018
Behavioral Health Fact Sheet Available
Committee Approves Organ Donation Measure
House Approves Hospice Death Investigation Bill
Mental Health Parity Measure Advances
Senate Committee Considers Telemedicine Proposal
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses
Tools Show County-Level Hospitalization Rates For Opioids, Other Drugs
CMS Announces OQR Education Session
Federal Court Issues Memorandum Opinion In DSH Suit
Five Missouri Colleges And Universities Receive Nursing Education Grants
Hicks Announces Retirement From Overland Park Regional Medical Center

Consider This ...

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. admissions to substance-abuse treatment involve someone who's already had one or more rounds of treatment.

Source: The Wall Street Journal