MHA Today | March 27, 2018

March 27, 2018

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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

In This Issue
Committee Revises, Approves Certificate Of Need Bill
Health Care Tort Reform Measures Advance
Legislators Consider Enhanced Powers For Hospital Pharmacy Technicians
Legislators Endorse Regulatory Reform Proposal
State House Approves Medicaid Coverage Of Post-Partum Substance Abuse Treatment
Williams Announces Retirement From Centerpoint Medical Center



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Committee Revises, Approves Certificate Of Need Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

A state House committee approved House Bill 2580, which revises the threshold for certificate of need review based on changes in bed capacity. The committee adopted an MHA-promoted amendment clarifying that the bill only would affect long-term care.

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Health Care Tort Reform Measures Advance

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The state House Special Committee on Litigation Reform approved three tort reform bills promoted by MHA. A revised version of House Bill 2434 would set a higher legal standard for awarding punitive damages. HB 2108 would bar lawsuits seeking compensation for personal injury or wrongful death based on the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. A revised version of HB 1793 would create a new service of process requirement to ensure that all parties receive timely notification of litigation filing.

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Legislators Consider Enhanced Powers For Hospital Pharmacy Technicians

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Ted Wedel

A Senate committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 1068. The measure sets new standards to authorize pharmacy technicians in a hospital setting to operate under remote supervision or verify the final product of another pharmacy technician. MHA is promoting a revised version of the legislation. No one expressed opposition to the proposal.

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Legislators Endorse Regulatory Reform Proposal

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Ted Wedel

A state Senate committee approved a regulatory reform measure designed to ensure timely notification and fiscal assessments of state agencies’ emergency regulations. MHA developed and is promoting Senate Bill 1039.

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State House Approves Medicaid Coverage Of Post-Partum Substance Abuse Treatment

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri House of Representatives gave final approval of House Bill 2280. It would authorize Medicaid coverage for up to one year post-partum if the mother is receiving substance abuse treatment within 60 days of the birth. The measure now moves to the Senate.

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CEO Announcements


Williams Announces Retirement From Centerpoint Medical Center

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

David Williams, chief executive officer of Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, announced he will retire effective Tuesday, May 1. Williams served as CEO of Centerpoint Medical Center since November 2012, and he has more than 35 years of experience in the health care industry. A search is being conducted for a permanent replacement. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

From 2010 through 2015, patient safety efforts around hospital-acquired conditions saved about 125,000 lives and more than $28 billion.

Source: Modern Healthcare