August 28, 2018
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In This Issue
Congressional Committee Leaders Support New 340B Regulations
MHD Provides Guidance To Rural Health Clinics Providing School-based Services
Whitepaper Explores Nurse Retention
Management Incubator for Emerging Health Care Leaders
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state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
The bipartisan leadership of two congressional committees is asking the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to issue new regulations for the 340B drug discount program. HRSA previously asked Congress for broader regulatory powers to counteract recent court rulings in litigation initiated by pharmaceutical manufacturers. The committee leaders’ letter notes that HRSA has not used its existing regulatory authority to create a binding administrative dispute resolution process, to authorize fines for pharmaceutical manufacturers that knowingly and intentionally overcharge for a 340B drug, and to define precise standards for setting 340B ceiling prices. The committee chairs and ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee and the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee called on HRSA to issue those regulations.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade
The MO HealthNet Division clarified that Rural Health Clinics may provide Medicaid reimbursable services at a school without the school being a separately certified site. The clarification is made to guidelines that MHD issued earlier this year for RHCs providing school-based services.
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Staff Contact: Jill Williams
A new whitepaper from Select International briefly outlines the scope and impact of the nursing turnover problem, including its causes and potential solutions. More importantly, it proposes a deliberate approach to building a team of effective nurse managers.
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About 20 percent of kids in the U.S. use prescription drugs, and many take more than one at a time. Of those taking more than one medication, one in 12 were at risk for a potentially major interaction. Such overlapping prescriptions can increase health risks if they combine in ways that lessen or otherwise alter the drug's intended effects.