MHA Today | April 2, 2018

April 2, 2018
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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April 2, 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
MO HealthNet Announces Reimbursement For Psychological Intern Services
MO HealthNet Updates CDT Code Requirements
Minnesota Hospital Leverages Community-Level Support To Tackle The Opioid Crisis

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Watch for legislative alerts this week asking for you to contact your legislator.
  • A survey on 340B was distributed to selected hospitals last week please complete and return the survey to MHA.
  • A CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday on Patients over Paperwork. Participation information is available on the CMS website.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MO HealthNet Announces Reimbursement For Psychological Intern Services

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet will reimburse the services of doctoral-level psychological interns for services delivered on and after Tuesday, March 13. Interns must be under the direct supervision of a MO HealthNet enrolled psychologist, must be in good standing with the American Psychological Association, and must be a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center. Services for psychology interns are billed to MO HealthNet under the National Provider Identifier of the supervising psychologist. Reimbursement is made to the supervising psychologist.

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MO HealthNet Updates CDT Code Requirements

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet issued a bulletin with updated Current Dental Terminology codes for certain dental procedures. The new codes are to apply to claims with service dates on and after Jan. 1, 2018. Procedures previously billed with the old procedure should be rebilled with the new codes, as claims previously submitted with the outdated codes are subject to recoupment.

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Quality and Population Health


Minnesota Hospital Leverages Community-Level Support To Tackle The Opioid Crisis

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Shawn Billings

St. Gabriel's Health, located in Little Falls, Minn., collaborated with public health alliances, law enforcement, schools and social workers to establish a wrap-around approach of care coordination for patients who present to hospitals due to opioid use disorder. Strategies implored to combat the abuse of opioids include the following.

  • incorporating prescription drug management programs
  • establishing prescription practices that avoid early refills
  • reviewing patient charts to ensure evidence-based care coordination and practices
  • integrating medication-assisted treatment over abstinence-based treatment

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Consider This ...

This week is National Public Health Week. About one in every five U.S. adults — or more than 43 million people — experience mental illness in a given year. And one in five youth ages 13 to 18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point in their lives. Mental illness is associated with billions of dollars in care and lost productivity each year.

Source: American Public Health Association