March 13, 2018
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In This Issue
Committee Reviews Litigation Legislation
House Budget Committee Advances FRA Bills
2018 Aim For Excellence Award — Call For Applications
Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital St. Louis Names Interim CEO
Facilitation Skills for Emergency Managers
Tuesday, May 8, and Wednesday, May 9
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state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contacts: Rob Monsees or Ted Wedel
A state House committee reviewed several bills on health-related litigation. House Bill 2108 would prevent the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act from being used as a basis to recover damages for personal injury or death, augmenting the remedies available through medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits. HB 1793 would create a new service of process requirement to ensure that all parties are notified of the litigation filing in a timely fashion. HB 2434 sets a higher legal standard for awarding punitive damages.
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Staff Contacts: Rob Monsees or Daniel Landon
The Missouri House Budget Committee approved similar bills to reauthorize the Federal Reimbursement Allowance and the other provider taxes, as well as upgrade a hospital payment safeguard in the FRA law. The committee approved a new version of Senate Bill 775, which was approved previously by the Missouri Senate. The new version includes changes to limit public disclosure of proprietary payment data and to authorize a managed care provider tax. However, the sponsor of SB 775 told the committee that the Senate is likely to be unable to pass the bill if it returns with significant House changes. Accordingly, the committee also approved a new version of House Bill 1410. It includes a one-year provider tax reauthorization with the FRA safeguard language and proprietary data protection, but excludes a managed care provider tax.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Leslie Porth
Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Aim for Excellence Award — an annual, prestigious award to recognize Missouri hospitals’ innovation and outcomes. To provide guidance in preparation of the award, resources including FAQs, criteria and application guidelines, and a tutorial webinar are available on MHA's website. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 7.
To provide additional support to applicants, member call-ins have been scheduled as follows.
The toll-free dial-in number for each of the calls is 800/351-6804; passcode 844767.
For questions or additional guidance with the application or award, contact Leslie Porth. For questions regarding the electronic submission or online program, contact Stacie Hollis.
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Staff Contact: Carol Boessen
Julie Bantle has been named interim chief executive offer at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital St. Louis, effective Feb. 1. She previously served as chief operating officer. Donna Flannery, who had served as CEO since Sept. 21, 2007, was promoted to division vice president of operations for the South Region with Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services, effective Jan. 1. KHRS has restructured the leadership, dividing the country into three primary regions — North, West and South — and has added ten new positions. A list of CEO changes is available online.
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This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Healthcare-associated infections impact thousands of patients and their families each year. Nationally, hospitals have made progress in preventing HAIs. Between 2008 and 2014, central line-associated bloodstream infections decreased by 50 percent, and surgical site infections decreased by 17 percent.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention