MHA Today | January 9, 2019

January 9, 2019
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January 9, 2019

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In This Issue
Missouri General Assembly Convenes 2019 Session
U.S. House Approves Emergency Preparedness, Medicaid Legislation
Report Assesses Air Ambulance Billing And Collection Concerns
Mid-America Transplant Foundation Issues RFP For Clinical Innovation Funding

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Missouri General Assembly Convenes 2019 Session

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The Missouri General Assembly began its 2019 legislative session today. The session will run through Friday, May 17. Elijah Haahr was elected Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. Dave Schatz was elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Both are new to their leadership positions this session.

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U.S. House Approves Emergency Preparedness, Medicaid Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to reauthorize $7 billion in emergency preparedness programs focused on pandemic response, as well as change regulatory standards for over-the-counter drugs. The House also passed a separate bill to reauthorize standards regarding Medicaid eligibility, and home and community-based care.

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Report Assesses Air Ambulance Billing And Collection Concerns

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration published a report on air ambulance billing and collections practices. The report raises concerns about balance billing of patients by air ambulance companies and lack of air ambulance participation in insurer provider networks. It notes that state insurance regulators have “very limited regulatory authority over air ambulances” because of restrictions in federal law.

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Mid-America Transplant Foundation Issues RFP For Clinical Innovation Funding

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

Mid-America Transplant announced funding for innovative research to address clinical issues in organ and tissue donation or transplantation that will have measurable impact in the field. Special consideration will be given to applications addressing an increase in organ utilization. Specific areas of interest include deceased donor management research and donation after cardiac death organ utilization, decreasing kidney discard rates, transplantation of hepatitis C-infected organs, and increasing the utilization of marginal or extended criteria organs. Applications focused on bioengineering and regenerative medicine are of interest as well. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry form by Friday, Feb. 1, to initiate the application process. Funding is limited to organizations within the Mid-America Transplant region.

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Consider This ...

The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. The rate has decreased 27 percent between 1991 and 2016, largely due to the lung cancer death rate dropping nearly 50 percent among men.

Source: AP/ABC News