April 23, 2018
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In This Issue
CMS Releases Feedback About Market-Driven Reforms To Focus On Patient-Centered Care
Missouri DIFP Issues Emergency Rule For APRN Mileage Guidelines
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released comments received by patients, clinicians, innovators and others in response to the CMS Innovation Center’s New Direction Request for Information. The intent was to collect ideas on how the Innovation Center should promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms. More than 1,000 responses were received, and many focused on enhancing quality of care for beneficiaries and decreasing unnecessary cost. CMS also is taking a next step in developing a potential direct provider contract model. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar stated, “HHS has made shifting our health care system to one that pays for value one of our top four department priorities. Using bold, innovative models in Medicare and Medicaid is a key piece of this effort. We value stakeholder input on the new direction for the Innovation Center, and look forward to engaging on especially promising, groundbreaking ideas such as direct provider contracting.”
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Staff Contact: Jim Mikes
The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration issued an emergency rule, which goes into effect Thursday, April 26. The emergency amendment expands existing mileage limits of advanced practice registered nurses to 75 miles from collaborating physicians. This rule addresses the current shortage of health professionals and the need to provide adequate care for Missouri citizens.
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Each year in the U.S., more people die from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol — combined.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention