MHA Today | March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018
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March 15, 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
Missouri House Budget Committee Reverses Missouri Medicaid Hospital Reductions
Senate Approves Medicaid Telemedicine Bill
Senate HELP Committee Receives Testimony About 340B Program
MHA Releases Bipartisan Budget Act Projection
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

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Missouri House Budget Committee Reverses Missouri Medicaid Hospital Reductions

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Brian Kinkade

On Wednesday, the Budget Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives reversed $38.2 million in Medicaid hospital reimbursement cuts, recommended by the Greitens administration. MHA opposes the administration’s cuts because they would fall disproportionately on hospitals. In spite of the House committee’s funding restoration, the reductions that remain exceed hospitals’ fair share by more than $36 million. MHA will continue its intense advocacy in opposition to Medicaid cuts that are not balanced across the managed care plans and all health care provider groups.

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Senate Approves Medicaid Telemedicine Bill

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A state Senate committee approved a new version of House Bill 1617, which revamps laws governing the coverage of telemedicine in the Medicaid program.

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Senate HELP Committee Receives Testimony About 340B Program

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hosted a hearing this morning about the 340B program. Dr. Bruce Siegel, Lori Reilly, Sue Veer and Joseph Hill all provided testimony about the program. The purpose of the hearing was for the committee to learn more about the program and how it might be improved.

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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Releases Bipartisan Budget Act Projection

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was signed into law last month and contains several provisions that affect Missouri hospitals. MHA released an analysis that projects the major health care-related provisions within the bill, and it includes the effect of the BBA on hospitals in Missouri. Hospital projections include extending the Medicare-dependent hospital program, extending the expanded low-volume hospital adjustment definition, extension of rural home health add-on payments, extension of the blended site-neutral long-term care hospital payment rates, early discharge to hospice transfer policy, delay of Medicaid disproportionate share payment reductions and more. The analysis also includes the projected effect of the repeal of therapy caps to the state level. Due to the BBA, Missouri is projected to receive an additional $107.15 million in 2018. 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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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.

  • Merit-based Incentive Payment System reporting deadlines approaching
  • integrated Outpatient Code Editor files for April 2018
  • Medicare pharmaceutical and technology ombudsman
  • hospice provider preview reports: review your data by Thursday, April 5
  • evaluation and management services: documentation guidelines and burden reduction listening session Wednesday, March 21

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Consider This ...

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Antibiotics save lives, but any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance. At least 80 million antibiotic prescriptions each year are unnecessary.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention