August 16, 2018
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In This Issue
Congressional Committee Summarizes Its Red Tape Relief Project
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Active Shooter Resources Available For Hospitals To Promote Safe Care Environments
CMS Announces IQR Education Session
SSM Health Explores Transferring Ownership Of Jefferson City, Mexico And Maryville Hospitals
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee issued a report and press release on its Medicare Red Tape Relief project. The committee describes the project’s stages as requesting comments from stakeholders, convening roundtable discussions with stakeholders and taking congressional action. For the latter, the report cites a July 2018 hearing of the committee to consider changes to federal Stark Law restrictions on incentives and referrals.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
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.
Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz
This week, MHA is participating in the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Safe and Sound Week to further demonstrate our ongoing support of Missouri hospitals’ efforts to create safe environments to both deliver and receive quality health care. In light of the increased instances of active shooter situations recently impacting our nation, MHA has compiled several health care specific resources to assist hospital staff with responding appropriately. In addition to a training video developed by the MESH Coalition, our resource library also includes several federal resources to implement “Run, Hide, Fight,” the standardized, national approach for responding to active shooter incidents.
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Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The next webinar for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. Registration is required for the webinar, “Navigating Hospital IQR Program Reports: Tips to Access, Run and Review.”
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Staff Contact: Carol Boessen
SSM Health, based in St. Louis, has signed letters of intent with MU Health Care in Columbia, and Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, to explore transferring ownership of its hospitals in Jefferson City, Mexico and Maryville. SSM Health is in discussions with MU Health Care to transfer ownership of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain, and with Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph to transfer ownership of SSM Health St. Francis Hospital – Maryville. The transfer of ownership also includes outpatient, home care, hospice and medical group locations in the three regions. The terms of the transaction still are being finalized and is expected to take several months.
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A new study finds that smokers are better off quitting, even with weight gain. Compared with smokers, those who quite smoking who gained the most weight had at least a 50 percent lower risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and other causes.