January 16, 2019
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In This Issue
Parson Delivers First State Of The State Address
CMS Surveyor Training Available To Providers
CMS Completes New Medicare Card Distribution Ahead Of Schedule
CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
Governor Mike Parson delivered the annual State of the State address earlier today outlining his priorities for Missouri and the 2019 General Assembly. As expected, Parson emphasized investments in workforce development and infrastructure as core components of his plan. Adding to his comments about more conventional investments, Parson said, “A key part of our efforts to improve Missouri’s workforce and infrastructure is improving our citizen’s health and health care by developing better access to providers and hospitals. Almost 40 percent of Missourians live in rural areas… and, we are committed to making sure they too have access to both preventive and emergency care. In addition, we will be providing a substantial increase to help those facing the challenges of mental health, expand telemedicine technology, fight the opioid crisis and better serve those in need.” Parson also mentioned Medicaid, saying his administration will work to “curb Medicaid costs, which accounts for over 10 billion dollars of the state budget.” He further committed to “safeguarding the integrity of the Missouri Medicaid program” and ensuring the program is “run with the highest level of integrity to ensure every tax dollar is accounted for.”
MHA will host two member calls to discuss Parson’s agenda, his proposed budget recommendations and their implications for hospitals.
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Staff Contact: Sarah Willson
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently made training modules available to providers, which were once only available to surveyors. The CMS Integrated Surveyor Training website hosts a variety of free training modules for many different provider types. MHA representatives met with state and federal surveyors in November regarding survey concerns. Hospitals can utilize these trainings to better understand regulatory requirements and ensure compliance.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
More than 61 million people with Medicare in the U.S. received new Medicare cards from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an effort that was completed three months ahead of schedule. Rather than Social Security numbers, the new cards feature a unique Medicare Beneficiary Identifier, which helps protect personal identity, and reduce fraud and abuse. CMS reports that health care providers submitted 58 percent of all Medicare fee-for-service claims with an MBI for the week ending Jan. 11.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. The presentation will review updates to the IPFQR manual and various optional paper tools to assist inpatient psychiatric facilities meet IPFQR program requirements. Registration is required.
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Medical fundraisers now account for one-third of all GoFundMe campaigns, and they bring in more money than any other category.
Source: Kaiser Health News/NPR