MHA Today | February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019
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February 13, 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
MHA Raises Concerns About Fetal Death Reporting Change
State Legislators Act On PDMP Legislation
Legislators Review Certificate Of Need Legislation
State House Adopts Hospice Investigation Legislation
CVS Caremark Reverses 340B Payment Cut Policy
Trump Administration Considers Changes To HIPAA Regulations

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MHA Raises Concerns About Fetal Death Reporting Change

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

MHA submitted comments to a state House committee regarding House Bill 488, which changes the threshold for reporting spontaneous fetal deaths from the current 20 weeks gestation to nine weeks gestation.

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State Legislators Act On PDMP Legislation

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees or Bill Anderson

The state House of Representatives approved legislation to authorize a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. The vote was 103-53. House Bill 188 now moves to the Missouri Senate for consideration.

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Legislators Review Certificate Of Need Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

On Monday evening, a House committee held a hearing on House Bill 433, which would repeal all of the state’s certificate of need laws. MHA opposed the bill, as did others. In a Senate committee today, a hearing on a companion Senate bill that was begun last week was completed with additional testimony. The Senate committee also reviewed Senate Bill 82, which would revamp, rather than repeal, the certificate of need program. MHA expressed concerns with the proposal, while several associations representing long-term care providers were supportive. Both MHA and nursing home organizations offered suggestions on potential reforms of the certificate of need process.

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State House Adopts Hospice Investigation Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The state House of Representatives amended a bill on coroners to include an MHA-supported proposal to curtail unnecessary coroner or medical examiner investigations of routine hospice deaths. The House then gave the amended House Bill 447 first-round approval. If enacted, the legislation would remove the requirement that a coroner or medical examiner investigate a hospice patient’s death if the death is certified by the treating physician or hospice medical director as a natural death from disease or diagnosed illness. It also would extend the deadline for notifying the coroner or medical examiner of such a death.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CVS Caremark Reverses 340B Payment Cut Policy

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

CVS Caremark announced a policy that would reduce commercial prescription payment rates for 340B-covered entity-owned pharmacies. The payment policy later was delayed from an implementation date of Feb. 1 to Monday, April 1. CVS now decided to not move forward with the implementation of the new reimbursement rates, including those pharmacies who have received and executed replacement network enrollment forms reflecting revised reimbursement rates.

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Trump Administration Considers Changes To HIPAA Regulations

Staff Contact: Amy Schwartz

The Department of Health and Human Services solicited comments on HIPAA’s impact on care coordination and case management among hospitals, physicians (and other providers), payers, and patients. After soliciting input from our members, MHA joined 936 others and provided a comment letter that describes some of the burdens imposed by HIPAA and how those burdens impact care coordination, case management and may impede the transformation to value-based health care.

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Consider This ...

Perinatal depression is estimated to affect between 180,000 and 800,000 American mothers each year and as many as 13 percent of women worldwide.

Source: The New York Times