MHA Today | February 12, 2019

 

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February 12, 2019

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In This Issue
Report Assesses Missouri Medicaid Reform Opportunities
Senate Committee Approves Punitive Damages Legislation
MHA Distributes Wage Index, Occupational Mix Data For Review
Preview Data For April 2019 Hospital Compare Available


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Report Assesses Missouri Medicaid Reform Opportunities

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Brian Kinkade

The consulting firm McKinsey & Company issued its report to the MO HealthNet Division regarding Medicaid reform opportunities. The administration of former Gov. Eric Greitens hired McKinsey to identify ways to reduce the cost and increase the value of the Missouri Medicaid program. The 115-page report describes the components, cost and financing of the Medicaid program and offers suggestions for making Medicaid services more efficient and effective. MHA is assessing the document and its recommendations, many of which would affect the delivery and financing of Medicaid hospital services.

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Senate Committee Approves Punitive Damages Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Ted Wedel

A state Senate committee approved Senate Bill 65, which would create more restrictive standards for an award of punitive damages in liability lawsuits, including medical malpractice lawsuits. Judicial rulings have made it easier to pursue and win punitive damage awards in medical malpractice cases; this bill seeks to legislatively reverse the judicial interpretations. Two sections of the legislation specifically address punitive damages in health care lawsuits.

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MHA Distributes Wage Index, Occupational Mix Data For Review

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released revised public-use files used to develop the federal fiscal year 2020 Medicare wage index. Hospitals can review their hospital-specific data and request any revisions until Friday, Feb. 15. Direct requests and supporting documentation for revisions to the Medicare Administrative Contractor. Requests for revisions are limited to mishandling of the data or desk review adjustments to wage index data. MHA posted these files to HIDI Analytic Advantage® for review.

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Quality and Population Health


Preview Data For April 2019 Hospital Compare Available

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

Preview data for the April 2019 Hospital Compare release is available on the QualityNet Secure Portal until Saturday, March 9. Hospitals are encouraged to access and review data early in the preview period to conduct a thorough review. Additional information is available on QualityNet.

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Consider This ...

According to insurance experts, a typical air ambulance ride can cost $40,000, and each year, the cost increases about 10 percent, a rate that far exceeds most other health care costs.

Source: Fox4KC.com