MHA Today | May 9, 2018

May 9, 2018
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May 9, 2018

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In This Issue
Celebrate National Nurses Week
Congressional Committee Advances 27 Bills On Opioid Issues
General Assembly Enacts Hospital Licensure Reform Legislation
Mammography Insurance Coverage Bill Enacted
Trajectories: Advancing Population Health: Assessment And Action In Missouri Hospitals
CMS Announces IQR Education Session
Missouri State Board Of Nursing Workforce Report Available

Spotlight


Celebrate National Nurses Week

Staff Contact: Mary Becker
National Nurses Week 2018
Each year, National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This week features events to honor nurses for the incredible work they do, as well as to educate the public about nurses’ role in health care. This year, the American Organization of Nurse Executives is finding inspiration from the past and celebrating the future of nurse leaders. View AONE’s interactive timeline to learn the history of National Nurses Week. Additional Nurses Week resources and promotional materials are available.

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Congressional Committee Advances 27 Bills On Opioid Issues

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee approved 27 bills related to opioid abuse treatment and prevention. The bills were approved with bipartisan support. The committee expects to debate and vote on more controversial opioid proposals next week. Scores of opioid proposals are being reviewed by various congressional committees.

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General Assembly Enacts Hospital Licensure Reform Legislation

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Sarah Willson

The General Assembly enacted House Bill 2183. The bill goes to the governor for approval or veto. It allows state hospital licensure regulations to automatically update to be in sync with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ standards. Current state law prevents state regulations from automatically updating to stay current with external standards such as CMS’ Conditions of Participation. Updates now require new state regulations, a process taking six to nine months to complete. MHA developed the legislation to dovetail with a 2017 enactment that curtails duplication of federal and state hospital inspection standards. The bill also redefines a hospital’s premises to encompass property that is “catty-corner” across an intersection from the main hospital property. It also revises a certificate of need standard limited to nursing homes.

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Mammography Insurance Coverage Bill Enacted

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

House Bill 1252 has been enacted by the General Assembly and sent to the governor. The legislation adds digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis to the definition of low-dose screening mammography in a state law requiring insurance coverage of mammography. If approved by the governor, it also would require coverage of annual mammograms for women age 40 and older. Under current law, coverage of annual examinations begins at age 50. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, payment rates for low-dose mammography are to accurately reflect the resource costs of the various modalities.

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Quality and Population Health


Trajectories: Advancing Population Health: Assessment And Action In Missouri Hospitals

Staff Contact: Peter Rao

May 2018 Trajectories The May 2018 issue of Trajectories focuses on understanding where hospitals are positioned to implement population health management and recognizing the necessary steps to achieve readiness. It also highlights two targeted initiatives to implement population health management.

In July 2017, MHA’s Strategic Quality Advisory Committee recommended that a population health task force be created to evaluate Missouri hospitals’ readiness and to advance population health. Once an assessment of the readiness was complete, the task force would provide guidance to identify resources and priorities, and recommend targeted initiatives to support hospitals in population health improvement.

Population health management programs allow hospitals to build systems to address high-risk, high-value patient populations to improve individual and population health. Aligning these priorities and implementing targeted programs to address conditions identified through hospitals’ community health needs assessments is the ultimate goal.

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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 22. The presentation will introduce stakeholders to resources available for the claims-based outcome and payment measures and provide information related to the implementation of the National Institutes of Health stroke scale. Registration is required.

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Workforce News


Missouri State Board Of Nursing Workforce Report Available

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

The Missouri State Board of Nursing and the University of Missouri Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, School of Medicine Office of Rural Health, and the Center for Health Policy published their first-ever Missouri Nursing Workforce Report.

Nurses are among the most respected professionals, not only for the care they provide, but also for their compassion and humanity. They also constitute the largest single health care profession in the state of Missouri. This report provides policymakers with reliable data on Missouri’s nursing health care workforce. Nurses, nurse employers, educational institutions, policymakers and the public now can utilize this free resource. It will be especially useful for making decisions about resource allocations.

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Consider This ...

This week is National Hospital Week. Between 2015 and 2016, charity care provided by Missouri hospitals increased by nearly $78 million.

Source: Missouri Hospital Association