MHA Today | April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018


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April 13, 2018

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


Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

There’s a very good chance that if you walk in the main entrance of any hospital in Missouri, you’ll be greeted by a volunteer. You’re likely to see them in the gift shop, making deliveries throughout the hospital or helping discharged patients to their cars. Once you start looking, you’ll see them pretty much everywhere.

Volunteers, auxiliary members and all members of the community who donate time and talent to support hospitals help power our organizations. Next week is National Healthcare Volunteer Week. To honor volunteers’ service, we’re adding the state’s hospital volunteers as a whole to our Hospital Heroes campaign.

Missouri Hospital Heroes: Volunteers

We interviewed two volunteers at Liberty Hospital for the Heroes video. In interviewing them, it was clear that their generous contributions of time were motivated by a passion for helping people. Although both have worked throughout the organization, each most enjoyed serving patients’ family members directly.

Volunteers’ commitment to Missouri hospitals is exceptional. Each year at the MHA Convention & Trade Show, four hospital auxiliaries, an auxilian and a volunteer program are recognized for their significant contributions to the hospitals they serve. Their work is praiseworthy. However — as with the volunteers at Liberty Hospital — their work is representative of the countless hospital volunteers statewide who contribute hundreds of thousands of hours of service annually, and raise significant sums for hospital improvements, equipment and health professions scholarships.

I hope you enjoy and share the video. And, I hope you find time next week to tell the story of some of your local volunteers.

National Donate Life MonthThere’s another type of volunteerism I want to recognize this week as well — volunteering for the state’s organ and tissue donor registry. April is Donate Life month. Missouri leads its neighbors in donor designation share — the number of enrolled versus eligible in the state’s registry — and has a 50 percent “yes” rate for individuals who opt to participate during a motor vehicle-related transaction. This is good. However, spreading the word about the importance of organ and tissue donation is a campaign without end.

As we know, each year thousands of people die or suffer needlessly due to a lack of organ and tissue donors. A single donor can save the lives of as many as eight others and enhance the lives of at least 50 more.

Partnerships between hospitals and organ procurement organizations are essential to delivering lifesaving care for patients in Missouri and nationally. Missouri hospitals, depending on their location, work with one of two excellent OPOs — Midwest Transplant and Mid-America Transplant. In November 2017, Mid-America Transplant recognized Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Midwest Transplant recognized Research Medical Center with MHA’s Donate Life Awards. Learn more about what the state’s two OPOs are doing in eastern and western Missouri.

Hospitals are amazing places. Often, they offer us a glimpse into the best of human nature.

Let me know what you think.

Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

Herb B. Kuhn
MHA President and CEO

In This Issue
Congressional Committee Review Of Opioid Policy Continues
HRSA Officials Testify Regarding Health Workforce And Rural Communities
CMS Releases Market Saturation And Utilization Data Tool
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session


state and federal health policy developments

Congressional Committee Review Of Opioid Policy Continues

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

The U.S. Energy and Commerce’s Health Subcommittee completed and summarized its second day of hearings regarding opioid abuse policies. CMS provided testimony regarding efforts to curb opioid abuse by providers and beneficiaries in Medicare and Medicaid. A witness from the Medicaid managed care plan, Centene, indicated disproportionate incidence of opioid abuse in the Medicaid population saying, “Opioid addiction is estimated to be 10 times as high in Medicaid as in commercial populations.” On Thursday, April 19, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the House Armed Services Committee will convene their own hearings on opioid policy.

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HRSA Officials Testify Regarding Health Workforce And Rural Communities

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon, Jim Mikes or Jill Williams

A subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee held a hearing on “Investments in our Health Workforce and Rural Communities.” Two officials with the Health Resources and Services Administration testified from the perspectives of rural health policy and health workforce. The HRSA witness on rural policy was Tom Morris, a past speaker at several MHA advocacy events in Washington D.C.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

CMS Releases Market Saturation And Utilization Data Tool

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool, which includes interactive maps and datasets that illustrate the density of providers of a particular service within a defined geographic area relative to the number of beneficiaries receiving that service. This tool is one of many tools used to monitor and prevent potential fraud, waste and abuse.

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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.

  • 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System eligibility tool
  • home health utilization and payment data
  • help your Medicare patients avoid and report scams
  • provider compliance tips for oral anticancer drugs and antiemetic drugs used in conjunction
  • Medicare cost report e-filing system webcast Tuesday, May 1

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Quality and Population Health

CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Registration is required for the webinar, “Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes Through Measurement-based Care.”

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Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?

April 9, 2018
MO HealthNet Expands Coverage To Certain Radiology, Psychology Codes
Kaléo Announces Initiatives To Increase Access To Nalaxone
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Includes Provision For Integrated Health Care Systems
CMS Seeks Public Comments On Draft 2019 QRDA Category I Schematron
CMS Announces OQR Education Session

April 10, 2018
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

April 11, 2018
Practitioner Licensure Boards Respond To Medicaid Opioid Prescriber Query
State House Approves Opioid Abuse Legislation
House Advances Organ Donation Measure
Legislation To Limit Punitive Damages Wins House Approval
CMS Releases Final Decision Memo For MRI
CMS Appeals Unfavorable DSH Decision
CMS Announces Preview Period For VBP FY 2019 HSRs

April 12, 2018
Congressional Committees Ponder Opioid Policy
HRSA Announces Rural Communities Opioid Response Funding Opportunity
Funding Opportunity Available For Rural Health Care Telecommunications
USDA Hosts Webinar On Applying For Telemedicine Grants

Consider This ...

April is National Donate Life Month. In 2016, 33,600 transplants brought new life to patients and their families. Since 1988, 683,000 transplants have taken place.

Source: Donate Life America