MHA Today | March 14, 2018

March 14, 2018
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March 14, 2018

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In This Issue
Committee Considers Certificate Of Need Reform Legislation
Missouri House Perfects FY 2018 Supplemental Appropriations Bill
Senate Committee Considers Expansion of Short-Term Insurance Policies
Simon’s Law Proposal Advances
State House Approves Bone Marrow Registry
HIDI Schedules Regional Meetings
HIDI Releases First Quarter FFY 2018 Inpatient, Outpatient, Missouri Databases
Trajectories: Broadening The Culture Of Safety: Addressing Workplace Violence
CMS Announces Education Session

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Committee Considers Certificate Of Need Reform Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

A state Senate committee reviewed several bills to revamp Missouri’s Certificate of Need program. MHA expressed opposition to Senate Bill 906, focusing on how, when and by whom CON decisions would be made and ending review of all medical equipment. The committee also held a hearing on SB 779.

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Missouri House Perfects FY 2018 Supplemental Appropriations Bill

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

The Missouri House of Representatives has given first round approval to House Bill 2014, an appropriations bill that provides supplemental funding for the current state fiscal year. This bill includes more than $400 million to fund the Medicaid payments for hospital services that are expected through the end of SFY 2018. A final vote on the bill is expected on Thursday, and the bill will then be sent to the Missouri Senate for review and debate.

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Senate Committee Considers Expansion of Short-Term Insurance Policies

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A Senate committee held a hearing on House Bill 1685, which would allow short-term major medical insurance policies to have a duration of less than one year. Currently, their term is less than six months. These short-term policies are exempt from most of the various insurance benefit mandates of state law. With less robust coverage, they are cheaper. A Senate version of the legislation has stalled for several weeks in Senate debate.

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Simon’s Law Proposal Advances

Staff Contacts: Rob Monsees or Brian Kinkade

A House committee approved a new version of House Bill 1361, the so-called “Simon’s Law” proposal. It creates standards for parental notice when “life-sustaining treatment” of a minor is discontinued.

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State House Approves Bone Marrow Registry

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The state House of Representatives approved House Bill 1953, which would direct the state health department to develop and distribute materials to promote the current bone marrow registry. During House debate, the bill was amended to authorize an Advisory Committee 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, to treat Medicaid patients with rare diseases. The measure now moves to the state Senate.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Schedules Regional Meetings

Staff Contact: Theresa Roark

The Hospital Industry Data Institute is hosting a series of regional meetings in April and invites you to attend to learn more about the value of HIDI Advantage® services and how they will benefit your organization. The agenda for the meetings include a HIDI Advantage and HIDI Advantage Alerts update, as well as a review of business solution relationships being offered through MSC HealthCurve Analytics. The regional meetings are scheduled as follows.


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HIDI Releases First Quarter FFY 2018 Inpatient, Outpatient, Missouri Databases

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The first quarter federal fiscal year 2018 inpatient and outpatient databases, including HIDI-reporting hospitals in Missouri and Illinois (but excluding hospitals in Kansas City, Kan. for the current quarter), now are available for download to subscribers of the Premier Data Package on HIDI Analytic Advantage®. These databases will be updated to include the Kansas City, Kan. hospital data for the current quarter in the coming weeks. The databases consist of a patient-level limited dataset, including all HIDI-reported discharges and visits to hospitals. Files are delivered as both text files and ready-to-query Microsoft Access database files. The files are located in “Strategic Planning/Premier Data” and are organized in the following categories.

  • Q1 FFY2018, Inpatient
  • Q1 FFY2018, Outpatient Classified
  • Q1 FFY2018, Outpatient Unclassified

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the 2018 HIDI Premier Data Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health


Trajectories: Broadening The Culture Of Safety: Addressing Workplace Violence

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The 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.

Conducted in December 2017, the Emergency Preparedness and Safety Program Assessment identified that of 123 participating hospitals, 66 indicated workplace violence and/or violent behaviors falls within their top three organizational threats. While just over 70 percent of hospitals have some form of security presence on-site, 28 percent of Missouri hospitals do not employ security staff at all.
Trajectories - March 2018
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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 for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Registration is required for the webinar, “Improving the Patient Experience of Care.”

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Consider This ...

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Practicing hand hygiene is a simple, yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. On average, health care providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention