MHA Today | April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018
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April 4, 2018

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In This Issue
Committee Considers New Standards For Forensic Blood Tests
Final 2018 Exchange Enrollment Information Available
HHS Releases Guide On Accessing Health Records
“Healthcare Response No-Notice Incident: Las Vegas” Webinar Recording Available
CMS Announces Forum Regarding New Medicare Card Project
Hybrid Measure Information Available

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Committee Considers New Standards For Forensic Blood Tests

Staff Contacts: Rob Monsees or Jane Drummond

A House committee held a hearing on House Bill 2413, which would narrow and clarify state laws dictating when a hospital or medical practitioner must withdraw a patient’s blood for forensic testing at the direction of a law enforcement officer. The bill was developed by MHA and was supported by testimony from representatives of emergency physicians, the Missouri Fire Alliance and the Missouri Ambulance Association. MHA’s testimony focused on the need to resolve contradictions between U.S. Supreme Court rulings and several Missouri statutes. No one testified in opposition to the measure.

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Final 2018 Exchange Enrollment Information Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final enrollment report for the 2018 health insurance marketplace. For 2018, 11.8 million consumers selected plans 8.7 million from the 39 states using Healthcare.gov and 3 million in state-based exchanges. The average unsubsidized premiums continue to rise, jumping from $476 in 2017 to $621 in 2018.

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HHS Releases Guide On Accessing Health Records

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Jane Drummond

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a new guide to help patients and families access and understand their health information. The ONC Guide to Getting and Using Your Health Record is an online tool covering a multitude of topics, including accessing records, potential costs, patient and caregiver rights, and how to use health information, to name a few. The guide supports the 21st Century Cares Act, as well as the MyHealthEData initiative spurred by the current administration.

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Quality and Population Health


“Healthcare Response No-Notice Incident: Las Vegas” Webinar Recording Available

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The ASPR TRACIE presentation and webinar, “Healthcare Response No-Notice Incident: Las Vegas” now are available. You will be asked to enter your name and email address before accessing the recording. Questions that were not answered during the webinar due to time constraints will be provided on the ASPR TRACIE site.

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CMS Announces Forum Regarding New Medicare Card Project

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began mailing newly-designed Medicare cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier to beneficiaries. CMS is hosting a special forum at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, to discuss, among other topics, partner resources and tips for Medicare beneficiaries. Additional information, including participation instructions, is available.

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Hybrid Measure Information Available

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The recent Hospital Quality Reporting News Blast provides information related to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hybrid measure.

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Consider This ...

April is Donate Life Month. More than 116,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants. Even the largest football stadium in the U.S. could not fit the number of patients on the national transplant waiting list.

Source: Donate Life America