April 17, 2018
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In This Issue
MHA Celebrates National Healthcare Volunteer Week
Senate Committee Reviews Assistant Physician Bill
Registration Open For Physician-Focused Opioid Use Disorder Conference
HIDI Releases Fourth Quarter 2017 VBP Payments Model
2018 Missouri Preceptor Academies
Various dates & locations throughout Missouri
The Missouri Preceptor Academy is a program designed for registered nurses and allied health clinicians to gain the training necessary to guide new employees, recent graduates and students through the onboarding and competence validation process.
In honor of National Healthcare Volunteer Week, MHA is featuring the 2017 hospital auxiliaries and auxilian of the year award winners. Today, we recognize SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Audrain Auxiliary in Mexico, Mo. The auxiliary was recognized at MHA’s annual convention for its volunteer activities as an auxiliary representing a hospital with between 31 and 100 licensed beds.
The hospital’s 106 auxilians supported work in the hospital and provided assistance to members of the community through auxiliary programs from June 2016 through May 2017. During that time, the auxiliary raised more than $47,000 for hospital equipment and service programs, and provided $2,500 in scholarships for health care education. The auxiliary supports the Lifeline program for seven counties to help keep seniors in their homes and safe. They also maintain a “clothing closet” to serve
patients who lack clothing at discharge.
Highlight your hospital's auxiliary or an auxilian during National Healthcare Volunteer Week by submitting an Auxiliary of the Year Award or Outstanding Auxilian Award nomination form by Monday, July 16.
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state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees
A state Senate committee reviewed House Bill 2127, which would revise practice and payment standards for assistant physicians. It also allows more flexibility in the number of physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses or assistant physicians a collaborating physician may supervise. In the House of Representatives, MHA successfully promoted an amendment clarifying that the laws will not limit the authority of hospitals or their medical staffs to make employment or medical staff credentialing decisions.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contacts: Shawn Billings or Leslie Porth
St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, Clayton Behavioral and the Missouri State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis are sponsoring a half-day workshop on the science of Opioid Use Disorder treatment and integrating OUD treatment across the health care system. The conference is free and open to all physicians, but advanced registration is required. Continuing Medical Education credits will be awarded. The conference is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo.
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HIDI Tech Connect
Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde
The Value-Based Purchasing Payments Model is a companion utility to the VBP Analysis that was produced for hospitals on Tuesday, April 3. The VBP Payments Model is an interactive tool that provides hospitals with the ability to manipulate their hospital-specific quality scores to evaluate the associated change to estimated VBP payments. The VBP Payments Model is available to subscribers of the 2018 Premier Reporting Package. The modeling utility is located on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the “Finance and Policy/Premier Reports” or “Quality/Premier Reports” folders, with the following file name: MOxxxx_VBP FFY2019 Payments Model_2017_Q4_(2018.04.17).xlsx. Hospitals interested in subscribing to the HIDI Premier Report Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.
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In 2016, there were 3,533 transplants using overdose-related donated organs, up from just 149 such transplants in 2000. Deaths from overdoses are on the rise, yet most occur outside hospitals, blocking organ donation. Still, those deaths now account for about 13 percent of the nation's deceased organ donors, up from 1 percent in 2000.
Source: AP/ABC News