MHA Today | April 24, 2018

April 24, 2018

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Is This Saturday
State Senate Approves Bill On Insurance Coverage And Payment
HHS Issues Mental Health Parity Action Plan
Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool Available
The Leapfrog Group Releases Missouri Hospitals' Safety Scores
Shawnee Mission Health Names New CEO


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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Is This Saturday

Prescription Drug Take Back DayThe 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is Saturday, April 28. Expired, unused and unwanted prescription medicines that remain in the home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. This day provides an opportunity to clean out medicine cabinets and turn in prescriptions drugs – safely and anonymously. On Oct. 28, 2017, the most recent drug take back day, Missouri collected 37,577 pounds of prescription medication at 184 participating sites. To learn more or locate a collection site near you, visit the DEA website.

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State Senate Approves Bill On Insurance Coverage And Payment

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

By a vote of 31 to one, the state Senate approved House Bill 982 and sent the bill to the House of Representatives. The underlying bill is MHA’s proposal to clarify how the prudent layperson law applies to insurers’ coverage restrictions on hospital emergency department services. The Senate expanded it to include a provider-insurer negotiated agreement on direct provider payment for out-of-network services, insurer review of emergency care claims and billing standards for out-of-network providers in in-network facilities when the patient needed emergency treatment. It also addresses insurers’ provider directories.

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HHS Issues Mental Health Parity Action Plan

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Sarah Willson

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued an Action Plan for coordinating federal and state enforcement of standards governing parity of insurance coverage of mental health and substance abuse treatment. The 21st Century Cures Act called for development of the plan.

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Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced an opioid prescribing mapping tool based on de-identified Medicare Part D prescription claims data. The interactive tool illustrates geographic comparisons at the state, county and ZIP code levels.

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Quality and Population Health


The Leapfrog Group Releases Missouri Hospitals' Safety Scores

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

The Leapfrog Group released the most recent round of hospital safety scores. The scores provide consumers with information to make health care decisions based on multiple criteria focused around safe patient care. The scores include specific Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey questions and track hospital-acquired infection rates, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus and C. difficile. Hospitals’ improvements reflect their focused work throughout the past five years in reducing patient harm and improving quality of care and outcomes.

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CEO Announcements


Shawnee Mission Health Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Shawnee Mission Health in Shawnee Mission, Kan., named Sam Huenergardt as chief executive officer, effective Monday, May 28. He also will serve as Mid-America Region CEO for Adventist Health System. Currently, Huenergardt is president and CEO of Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colo. He succeeds Ken Bacon who left Friday, April 6, to become CEO of Centura Health South Denver Group, a joint venture with Adventist Health System in Colorado. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

Source: Drug Enforcement Administration