February 7, 2019
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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
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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Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees
Several bills were approved by state legislative committees. They include the following.
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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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.
Quality and Population Health
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.
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