January 24, 2019
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In This Issue
U.S. Senators Question Organ Transplant Policy
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Missouri Department Of Insurance Receives Benefit Enrollment Center Grant
CMS Selects Random Sample For IQR Program Validation
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital Names Interim President
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
Twenty U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services expressing concern about recent changes in policies for distributing livers for transplantation. Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley of Missouri are signatories. They say that “the negative effects of this new policy could be most severe for rural, low-income populations.” The senators question a policy that appears to “reward locations that underutilize existing organ resources and have historically had troubled organ procurement organizations.” The letter also probes the process by which the policy was reviewed and decided.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
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.
Staff Contact: Mary Becker
The Missouri Department of Insurance announced a new grant from the National Council on Aging’s Center for Benefits Access. The Benefit Enrollment Center grant provides funding for a 20-month period (January 2019 – September 2020) to the department to implement a BEC in nine rural Missouri counties, including the central Missouri counties of Callaway, Camden, Cole, Laclede, Miller, Morgan, Moniteau, Osage and Pulaski.
BECs use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, communitywide approach to find and enroll Medicare beneficiaries — both seniors aged 65+ years and adults living with disabilities — who have limited income and resources to access available benefits, with the primary focus being on the five core benefit programs.
The additional grant will allow CLAIM to assist 1,000 individuals to apply for and receive much needed assistance for which they may qualify.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected the random sample of hospitals for validation of chart-abstracted and healthcare-associated infection measures for the fiscal year 2021 annual payment update determination for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. The quarters included in FY 2021 inpatient validation are third quarter 2018, fourth quarter 2018, first quarter 2019 and second quarter 2019. CMS anticipates selecting an additional sample of as many as 200 targeted hospitals in May 2019.
The list of selected hospitals is available on QualityNet. Validation resources also are available.
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Staff Contact: Carol Boessen
Steven M. Scott was named interim president of SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital effective Jan. 15. Scott has more than 35 years in leadership positions at academic medical centers and most recently served as interim chief operating officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Scott replaces Patti Kelley, vice president, nursing and chief nursing officer, and Gretchen Leiterman, chief operating officer, who had been serving as interim co-presidents following Kate Becker’s departure in July 2018. A national search for a permanent president continues. A list of president/CEO changes is available online.
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Missouri prohibits texting by drivers under age 21. But according to the Missouri Department of Transportation, some 70 percent of drivers in crashes that involved cellphones were 21 and older.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch