MHA Today | May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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May 2, 2018

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In This Issue
House Committee Reviews Bill On Emergency And Out-Of-Network Coverage
House Advances Bill On EMS, DUI Testing
Mammography Coverage Bill Approved
Behavioral Health Legislation Gets House Endorsement
Committee Advances Newborn Eye Drops Proposal
NIH Hosting All Of Us Event At Kansas City’s Union Station This Sunday
Intermedix Announces Organizational Changes
CMS Announces IQR Education Session
MHA Releases Issue Briefs For 2019 CMS Proposed Payment Systems
St. Luke’s Hospital Acquires Des Peres Hospital
Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center Announces Closure
Nominate A Rural Health Champion
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital Names Interim CEO

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House Committee Reviews Bill On Emergency And Out-Of-Network Coverage

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A state House committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 982. 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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House Advances Bill On EMS, DUI Testing

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Ted Wedel

The state House of Representatives returned Senate Bill 870 to the Senate after adding 15 amendments. The underlying bill concerns a variety of topics largely focused on emergency medical services. One amendment narrows and clarifies state laws on the taking of blood samples for forensic evidence to prosecute intoxicated driving. It specifies that authorized practitioners only will withdraw blood at the request of law enforcement if the patient consents or if there is a court-ordered search warrant. It also restricts civil and criminal liability for conducting the blood draws. MHA is promoting the legislation to resolve contradictions between U.S. Supreme Court rulings and several Missouri statutes.

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Mammography Coverage Bill Approved

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A state Senate committee approved House Bill 1252. The legislation would add digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis to the definition of low-dose screening mammography in a state law requiring insurance coverage of mammography. It also would require coverage of annual mammograms for women age 40 and older. Currently, coverage of annual examinations begins at age 50.

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Behavioral Health Legislation Gets House Endorsement

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Sarah Willson

The state House of Representatives passed a new version of Senate Bill 660 with several amendments. It addresses various topics related to behavioral health treatment and providers. The bill returns to the Senate for consideration of the House changes.

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Committee Advances Newborn Eye Drops Proposal

Staff Contacts: Rob Monsees or Sarah Willson

A state Senate committee unanimously approved House Bill 2117, which 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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Quality and Population Health


NIH Hosting All Of Us Event At Kansas City’s Union Station This Sunday

Staff Contacts: Mat Reidhead or Leslie Porth

The National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program is aimed at enrolling upward of 1 million people to better understand how genetics, environment and lifestyle affects health and care delivery. Program enrollment kicks off Sunday, May 6, in a simulcast event in seven cities across the country. The Kansas City event will take place at Union Station, 30 West Pershing Road, from noon to 5 p.m. Speakers will include Dr. Francis Collins, director of NIH, and Dr. Tom Curran, executive director and chief scientific officer at the Children’s Research Institute of Children’s Mercy.

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Intermedix Announces Organizational Changes

Staff Contact: Carissa Van Hunnik

Organizational changes within Intermedix are underway. The Intermedix Preparedness Division, which supports the EMResource and eICS platforms utilized by health care organizations throughout the state, will become its own independent company known as Juvare. Domain changes effecting EMResource and eICS web addresses, as well as other support and contact information changes were implemented this week.

No major impacts to the daily use of these systems is expected; however, intermittent service disruptions could be experienced. If you or others within your organization encounter any issues, please notify Carissa Van Hunnik or the Juvare Support Center as soon as possible.

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CMS Announces IQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. Registration is required for the webinar, “Hospital IQR Program CY 2017 (FY 2020 Payment Determination) eCQM Validation Overview for Selected Hospitals.”

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Noteworthy


St. Luke’s Hospital Acquires Des Peres Hospital

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield finalized the purchase of Des Peres Hospital from Tenet Healthcare Corporation, effective May 1. The hospital name has been changed to St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital.

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Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center Announces Closure

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett will be consolidating operations with Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, and no longer will offer inpatient, emergency room or outpatient services after Tuesday, July 31. Christian Jones, chief executive officer of Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, will become chief operating officer of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

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Nominate A Rural Health Champion

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

The State Office of Primary Care and Rural Health is accepting nominations for the 2018 Rural Health Champion Award. The award recognizes community members that advocate for rural health issues. Nominations may be submitted to the rural health coordinator until Friday, June 1.

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CEO Announcements


Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital Names Interim CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Lauri Tanner, president and chief executive officer of Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital in Maryland Heights, has resigned, effective immediately. She has served in that role since August 2002. Brett Moorehouse, chief operating officer, has been named interim president and CEO until a permanent replacement is named. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Spotlight


MHA Releases Issue Briefs For 2019 CMS Proposed Payment Systems

Issue_brief_logoThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released proposed rules for 2019 payment systems. Learn more about each in payment system-specific MHA Issue Briefs.


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