MHA Today | February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019


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February 7, 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
Statewide PDMP Legislation Makes Progress In House Of Representatives
State Legislative Committees Approve Bills
HHS Summarizes Trump Plan To Curb HIV Infection
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
TJC Releases Specifications Manual Version 2019A

state and federal health policy developments

Statewide PDMP Legislation Makes Progress In House Of Representatives

Staff Contact: Bill Anderson

The state House of Representatives took up the Narcotics Control Act (House Bill 188) for floor debate. This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), creates a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. After a lengthy debate, HB 188 received first-round approval by a vote of 110-43. The House needs to take one final vote on the legislation to send it to the state Senate. This will occur next week. MHA appreciates its members’ responses to an MHA Alert asking them to express support to their state representative for a robust statewide PDMP. Also, a companion Senate bill to create a statewide PDMP was defeated on a tie vote in a Senate committee. The failed vote can be reconsidered and reversed under certain circumstances.

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State Legislative Committees Approve Bills

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

Several bills were approved by state legislative committees. They include the following.

  • A revised version of Senate Bill 48, which would expand the capacity to sell short-term insurance plans with restricted benefit packages.
  • A revised version of House Bill 242, which would end unnecessary coroner examinations of routine hospice deaths.
  • A revised version of SB 103, which would tweak a 2018 law on billing and payment for services of out-of-network practitioners in network hospitals.
  • HB 240, which would create a House-Senate committee on substance abuse prevention and treatment.

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HHS Summarizes Trump Plan To Curb HIV Infection

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a summary and infographic describing the Trump administration’s plan to “eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years.” The president proposed the initiative in his State of the Union address to Congress.

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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.

  • New Medicare card: Are you using the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier?
  • Promoting interoperability programs
    • Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems final rule fact sheet
    • Hospitals submit attestation data by Thursday, Feb. 28
  • Open payments registration
  • Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies: Strategies to support access for dually eligible individuals
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Quality and Population Health

TJC Releases Specifications Manual Version 2019A

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures, version 2019A, now is available on The Joint Commission Performance Measurement System Extranet Track. The manual is effective with discharges July 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. Changes are outlined in the release notes to the document, which include the following.

  • addition of new measures
    • Total Hip and Knee Replacement inpatient, four measures
    • THKR outpatient, four measures
    • all THKR code table numbers updated to avoid overlap with existing tables
    • CPT notice, footnote and end-user agreement
  • edits to Advanced Certification Heart Failure inpatient and outpatient measure information forms
  • Term Newborn allowable values changed, algorithms for PC-05 and PC-06 updated with new values
  • multiple data element updates to notes for abstraction
  • minor edits in sampling and transmission sections
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Consider This ...

Measles is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, nine out of 10 people of all ages around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention