MHA Today | February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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February 5, 2019

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.


In This Issue
PDMP Bill Advances In House; Debate Expected Later This Week
Punitive Tort Reform Legislation Gets Senate Hearing
MHA Releases Analysis Of Top 50 APC And Drug And Utilization Reports
eCQM Reporting Deadline Approaches


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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


PDMP Bill Advances In House; Debate Expected Later This Week

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

The preferred bill authorizing a statewide prescription drug monitoring program, House Bill 188, has advanced through the House’s Insurance Policy Committee and Rules — Administrative Oversight Committee. The bill now will be placed on the House calendar for floor debate, which is expected later this week. Today, MHA sent out a Legislative Alert encouraging hospitals to contact lawmakers to urge support for the legislation. Talking points are available.

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Punitive Tort Reform Legislation Gets Senate Hearing

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

The Senate Government Reform Committee held a hearing this morning on Senate Bill 65, sponsored by Senator Bill White (R - Joplin). White’s legislation would restore the longstanding standard for when plaintiffs are able to bring punitive damages claims against medical providers.

The standard has been watered down by Missouri Courts in recent years, and plaintiffs’ attorneys are routinely filing punitive claims under this lower standard. Testifying in favor of the bill was the Missouri Hospital Association, Healthcare Services Group, American Tort Reform Coalition, Associated Industries of Missouri, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, Missouri Insurance Coalition, Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians, Missouri State Medical Association, Washington University, and SSM Health. Testifying in opposition was the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Releases Analysis Of Top 50 APC And Drug And Utilization Reports

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA is providing an analysis of the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system top ambulatory payment classification utilization, drugs and biological utilization reports for calendar year 2017. The analysis includes each hospital’s volume, estimated payments and utilization percentage of each service or supply with Missouri comparisons. Policy and analytic studies, prepared for distribution by the Hospital Industry Data Institute, are available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®.

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Quality and Population Health


eCQM Reporting Deadline Approaches

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The deadline for hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and/or Promoting Interoperability Programs to submit data to meet calendar year 2018 electronic clinical quality measure reporting requirements is Thursday, Feb. 28. Details regarding the submission process can be found on QualityNet.

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Consider This ...

Missouri ranks third in the nation behind Washington, D.C., and Arkansas for calls made per capita to the child abuse hotline; however, the numbers aren’t an indicator of higher abuse rates. In 2017, Missouri’s rate of substantiated abuse cases dropped to 3.3 percent, well below the nation’s rate of 9 percent.

Source: The Kansas City Star