MHA Today | May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018
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May 10, 2018

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.


In This Issue
Celebrate Missouri Hospital Heroes
State Legislators Complete Budget Work
House Advances Legislation On Telemedicine, Coverage Of Out-of-Network Services And Emergency Care
Sen. McCaskill Introduces Legislation On Air Ambulances
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
HealthCurve Analytics To Co-Host Town Hall MIPS Webinar With SpectraMedix
MFH Offering Free Translation And Interpretation Services
Technology And The Workforce Of The Future

Spotlight


Celebrate Missouri Hospital Heroes

Staff Contact: Mary Becker
Hospital Heroes
There are more than 150,000 hospital heroes throughout Missouri's hospitals. The nurse who became your friend. The team that treated you like family. The doctor, therapist, volunteer, cafe clerk or the imaging technologist with that contagious laugh. To see just a few of Missouri's hospital heroes, visit the Hero Hall of Fame. The heroes highlighted in the hall of fame were nominated by a patient, patient's family member or colleague. Each month, we select a new hospital hero. For help promoting your very own hospital heroes this Hospital Week, view our toolkit.

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


State Legislators Complete Budget Work

Staff Contacts: Rob Monsees or Brian Kinkade

The General Assembly enacted the bills that comprise the state budget for the state fiscal year beginning Sunday, July 1. The operating budget is $28 billion. Regarding Medicaid hospital payments, the final version of the budget reflects the conference committee’s negotiations, described previously. MHA thanks its membership for their advocacy efforts in support of Medicaid hospital appropriations.

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House Advances Legislation On Telemedicine, Coverage Of Out-of-Network Services And Emergency Care

Staff Contacts: Rob Monsees or Daniel Landon

The state House of Representatives approved the House Committee substitute for Senate Bill 597 after adding a number of amendments. The bill returns to the Senate for consideration of the House changes. One of the amendments includes an MHA-promoted proposal to clarify how the prudent layperson law applies to insurers’ coverage restrictions on hospital emergency department services. It also expands and clarifies Medicaid coverage of telemedicine services. The amendment includes 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.

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Sen. McCaskill Introduces Legislation On Air Ambulances

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) announced legislation to “bring greater transparency and consumer protections to the air ambulance industry, and allow states to better regulate medical costs associated with air ambulance services.” Among other changes, the Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act revises federal law to allow states to regulate the medical care component of air ambulance costs.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • direct provider contracting Request for Information — submit comments by Friday, May 25
  • Hospital Compare preview reports available through Sunday, June 2
  • 2018 Measure Development Plan Annual Report
  • eCQM annual update

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HIDI Tech Connect


HealthCurve Analytics To Co-Host Town Hall MIPS Webinar With SpectraMedix

Staff Contacts: Brian Waterman or Steve Warchol

HealthCurve Analytics and SpectraMedix are hosting a town hall webinar on the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Model. The MIPS/APM affects payments to both physicians and hospitals. During the webinar, team members will have an opportunity to ask questions about the program, and experts will explain various aspects of the payment structure. MHA members will have access to vital MIPS and APM solutions for MACRA through the SpectraMedix eMeasures360™ Platform. The webinar has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21, and registration is available online.

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Quality and Population Health


MFH Offering Free Translation And Interpretation Services

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

The Missouri Foundation for Health is offering free translation and interpretation services for organizations that would like to explore opportunities for funding and partnership. This opportunity will help reduce the significant barriers many foreign-language organizations may face as they work to improve the health of their communities.

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Workforce News


Technology And The Workforce Of The Future

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

The future of work in health care is poised to bring better jobs and more fulfillment to the practice of health care – if provider organizations adapt fast enough, according to a report by Deloitte.

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Consider This ...

This week is National Hospital Week. In 2016, Missouri hospitals provided $3 billion in total community benefit.

Source: Missouri Hospital Association