MHA Today | September 27, 2018

September 27, 2018
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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September 27, 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
Congress Posts New Information About Pending Opioid Legislation
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Devocelle Announces Retirement From Olathe Health
Peterson Announces Retirement From Stormont Vail Health
Fletcher Announces Resignation From Ellett Memorial Hospital

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Congress Posts New Information About Pending Opioid Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

As previously reported, congressional negotiators have developed a compromise version of legislation on opioid treatment and prevention. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to ratify the measure on Friday, Sept. 28, but the Senate is not expected to follow suit until sometime in October. A congressional summary of the 660-page legislation provides more details, and a Health Policy Source document catalogs the negotiators’ decisions. The Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the legislation’s financial implications shows that its new spending initiatives largely are offset by changes in state medical loss ratio requirements for Medicaid managed care plans, generating $2.7 billion in federal savings through 2028.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

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 Payment Program: Funding for quality measure development
  • Patients Over Paperwork September newsletter
  • Medicare Appeals Council: New decision format
  • Fiscal year 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital PPS claims hold

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CEO Announcements


Devocelle Announces Retirement From Olathe Health

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Frank Devocelle, president and CEO of Olathe Health in Olathe, Kan., announced his retirement, effective Thurs., Nov. 1. He served as president and CEO of Olathe Health for 43 years. Stan Holm has been named Devocelle’s successor. Holm has 23 years of hospital management experience, most recently serving as CEO of a hospital in the suburbs of Phoenix. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Peterson Announces Retirement From Stormont Vail Health

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Randy Peterson, CEO of Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, Kan., announced he will retire by March 31, 2019. He has served in his role at Stormont Vail since June 2012. Robert Kenagy, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer at Stormont Vail has been named Peterson’s successor, effective in April 2019. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Fletcher Announces Resignation From Ellett Memorial Hospital

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Melissa Fletcher, CEO of Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City, Mo., announced her resignation, effective Friday, Oct. 19. She is leaving to pursue other opportunities and has served as CEO since May 1, 2017. A search is being conducted for her replacement. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that for the 2016-2017 flu season, the influenza vaccination prevented 5.3 million illnesses, 2.6 million influenza-associated medical visits and 85,000 hospitalizations associated with influenza across the U.S.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention