MHA Today | September 6, 2018

September 6, 2018
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MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

In This Issue
MHA Files Legal Brief Challenging Medicaid Reimbursement Rule
MHA Comments On Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rules
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

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MHA Files Legal Brief Challenging Medicaid Reimbursement Rule

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond or Daniel Landon

MHA filed its legal brief with the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules outlining its arguments against a recently-filed rule proposing to cut Medicaid reimbursement for outpatient services and drugs. JCAR has scheduled a hearing on MHA’s challenge to the validity of the rule on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10:30 a.m. or upon adjournment. MHA has raised both technical and substantive arguments as to why the rule does not comply with state rulemaking requirements. The MO HealthNet Division will be required to file a responsive brief in advance of the hearing.

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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Comments On Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rules

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

MHA submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding its proposed regulatory changes for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The proposed rules address a variety of Medicare topics ranging from payment to quality of care metrics. Comments must be submitted to CMS by 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, and may be electronically submitted.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. 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.

  • Physician fee schedule year three proposed rule: comments due Sept. 10
  • PEPPERs for short-term acute care hospitals
  • Average sales price files: October 2018

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Consider This ...

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. 270,000 people die from sepsis every year in the U.S. – one every two minutes. As many as 80 percent of sepsis deaths could be prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment.

Source: sepsis.org