MHA Today | April 10, 2018

April 10, 2018
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
CBO Releases Federal Budget And Economic Outlook: 2018 To 2028
Committee Approves Bill On DUI Blood Draw Consent Standards
Newborn Eye Drops Bill Advances
CMS Issues Final Notice Of Marketplace Benefit And Payment Parameters For 2019
NRHA Hosts Webinar On Laboratory Billing Practices



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CBO Releases Federal Budget And Economic Outlook: 2018 To 2028

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Congressional Budget Office released their Budget and Economic Outlook for 2018 to 2028. According to the report, “Over the next decade, the gap between outlays and revenues is projected to be persistently large.” By the end of 2028, federal debt is expected to rise to nearly 100 percent of gross domestic product. Economic growth is expected to increase by 3.3 percent in 2018 and 2.4 percent in 2019, fueled by consumer spending and business investment. Mandatory spending is expected to increase, primarily because the aging population and rising health care costs per beneficiary are projected to increase spending for Medicare. An interesting observation is that in recent years, a contributing factor keeping inflation in check is, among other things, due to the slow growth of Medicare’s reimbursement rates. Medicare outlays are projected to be $10.9 trillion, and Medicaid outlays are projected to be $5.2 trillion between 2019 and 2028.

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Committee Approves Bill On DUI Blood Draw Consent Standards

Staff Contacts: Rob Monsees or Jane Drummond

A House committee unanimously approved a new version of House Bill 2413. The bill would narrow and clarify state laws on the taking of blood samples for forensic evidence to prosecute intoxicated driving. The new bill specifies that authorized practitioners only may withdraw blood at the request of law enforcement if the patient consents or if there is a court-ordered search warrant. MHA is promoting the legislation to resolve contradictions between U.S. Supreme Court rulings and several Missouri statutes.

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Newborn Eye Drops Bill Advances

Staff Contacts: Rob Monsees or Sarah Willson

The state House of Representatives gave first-round approval to House Bill 2117. It changes the reporting and standards of consent for required administration of eye drops for newborns. MHA is promoting the legislation to resolve conflicts between a 1909 state law and more modern patient consent practices.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Issues Final Notice Of Marketplace Benefit And Payment Parameters For 2019

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019. The rule is intended to “advance the Administration’s goals for increasing flexibility, improving affordability, strengthening program integrity, empowering consumers, promoting stability and reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens associated with the Affordable Care Act.” MHA published an issue brief with additional detail.

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Noteworthy


NRHA Hosts Webinar On Laboratory Billing Practices

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The National Rural Health Association will host a webinar on laboratory billing practices and rural hospitals. Recent news stories on laboratory programs have focused on billing practices and other related contractual issues. Brian Bauer of Hall Render will discuss these programs from a compliance point of view. The webinar will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

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Consider This ...

April is National Donate Life Month. Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list. Of the patients on the list, 82 percent are in need of a kidney.

Source: Donate Life America