MHA Today | June 20, 2018

June 20, 2018
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June 20, 2018

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In This Issue
U.S. Senate Committee Considers 340B Administration
FDA Provides Update On Unresolved Drug Shortages
MHA Distributes Analysis For Proposed Updates To 2019 SNF PPS
MHA Distributes Analysis For FFY 2019 Proposed LTCH PPS
Opioid Epidemic: Taking Lives And Displacing Children
MRHA To Host 2018 Missouri Rural Health Conference

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U.S. Senate Committee Considers 340B Administration

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee held a hearing on the topic of “Effective Administration of the 340B Drug Pricing Program.” A 340B administrator with the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services provided testimony.

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FDA Provides Update On Unresolved Drug Shortages

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an update on its activities to resolve three ongoing drug shortages ― EpiPens, injectable opioid analgesics and IV fluids.

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MHA Distributes Analysis For Proposed Updates To 2019 SNF PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA released an analysis illustrating the estimated financial effect of the proposed federal fiscal year 2019 updates to the Medicare skilled nursing facility PPS. In aggregate, Missouri SNFs are projected to receive an estimated increase of 1.8 percent after adjusting for the value-based purchasing program. The analysis does not include effects caused by high-cost outliers, payment for managed care patients or the 2 percent Medicare sequestration. Facility-specific results will vary based on RUG utilization. Comments on the proposed rule are due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by Tuesday, June 26. The analysis is posted online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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MHA Distributes Analysis For FFY 2019 Proposed LTCH PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA issued an analysis that illustrates the financial effect of the federal fiscal year 2019 Medicare proposed PPS rule for long-term care hospitals. For Missouri, the overall effect of the proposed updates for FFY 2019 is estimated to be a 0.5 percent decrease in payments. The analysis, which will be available online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®, includes a summary for the nation, Missouri, health systems and individual hospitals. Although footnoted, this analysis does not include reductions as a result of the 2 percent Medicare sequestration. Hospitals have until Monday, June 25, to review the impact and submit comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Quality and Population Health


Opioid Epidemic: Taking Lives And Displacing Children

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Shawn Billings

Today, The Hill published the article, “Opioid Crisis Sending Thousands of Children to Foster Care,” which highlights the sharp increase in the number of children removed from their homes due to parental opioid misuse and oftentimes, overdose. After a decade of decline, the number of children placed in foster care began to rise in 2010 – around the same time that opioid deaths began to spike. A study from the Department of Health and Human Services found foster care populations increased by 10 percent between 2012 and 2016, growth the study attributed to the rising number of opioid overdose deaths. Nationally, children placed in foster or state care increased by 15 to 30 percent in the last four years.

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Noteworthy


MRHA To Host 2018 Missouri Rural Health Conference

Staff Contact: Dana Dahl

The Missouri Rural Health Association, Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri Primary Care Association, and Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services are hosting the Missouri Rural Health Conference on Aug. 21 – 23 in Camdenton, Mo. Please join MHA during the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program overview and annual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Attendees will receive an update on program specifics, work plans and data outcomes. Additionally, BKD LLC will outline financial and operational support specific to critical access hospitals that participate in the FLEX program. A session on the legal requirements and implications of the Community Health Needs Assessment will be presented, along with an update on rural hospital resources from the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health. A roundtable discussion amongst participants will finish out the annual meeting. Participants must register on or before Aug. 10.

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Consider This ...

In 2012, 17,846 pounds of methamphetamine were seized by law enforcement agents in the U.S. or at the border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Control. By 2017, that number had more than tripled, increasing by 205 percent to 54,393 pounds.

Source: NPR