MHA Today | September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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September 24, 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
HHS Expands Access To Buprenorphine Via Telemedicine
Dept. Of Revenue To Correct State Income Tax Withholding Tables
This Week Is Falls Prevention Awareness Week
Your Vote Matters

What You Need To Know This Week

  • A vote is expected tomorrow by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules on whether to recommend disapproval of the Medicaid outpatient hospital services reimbursement rule that would reduce payments to hospitals.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


HHS Expands Access To Buprenorphine Via Telemedicine

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revised its standards for regulating the delivery of medication-assisted treatment of opioid abuse. Practitioners with a federal waiver allowing them to prescribe buprenorphine will be allowed to do so via telemedicine if the patient is in the presence of a person registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency. Previous policy required that the patient had to be physically present with the federally-waivered prescriber.

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Dept. Of Revenue To Correct State Income Tax Withholding Tables

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri Department of Revenue announced that it will be revising its state income tax withholding tables to correct a flaw that is promoting withholdings insufficient to meet actual tax liabilities. The new withholding tables are to be posted on the department’s website “as soon as the tables have been thoroughly vetted to ensure accuracy.”

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Quality and Population Health


This Week Is Falls Prevention Awareness Week

Staff Contact: Jessica Stultz

This week is Falls Prevention Awareness Week. Join the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence and the National Council of Aging to spread awareness and promote strategies for falls prevention through a variety of education, resources and social media discussions. The HRET HIIN 2018 Falls Change Package and additional resources also are available online.

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Noteworthy


Your Vote Matters

National Voter Registration Day Staff Contact: Kendra Hanauer

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day. With more than 150,000 employees and thousands of volunteers, hospital employees are in a powerful position to make a difference both with their votes and their voices. Use resources from MHA's Your Vote Matters campaign to engage hospital staff to become advocates for better health care in Missouri. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, but the last day to register to vote is Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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Consider This ...

The burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in 2014 was 5 million people, which is 1.6 percent of the U.S. population in 2014, or 319 million people. This burden is projected to grow to 13.9 million, nearly 3.3 percent of the population in 2060, or 417 million people.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention