MHA Today | February 28, 2019  

February 28, 2019
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In This Issue
Senate Committee Endorses Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill
House Budget Committee Advances Supplemental Appropriation Bill
State Senate Reaches Liability Legislation Compromise
DHSS Issues Home Health And Hospice Employment Clarification
CMS Extends eCQM Data Submission Deadline For CY2018 Reporting Period
Missouri AG Hires State Sexual Assault Kit Coordinator

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state and federal health policy developments


Senate Committee Endorses Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees or Daniel Landon

A state Senate committee approved legislation that would create a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. Previously, Senate Bill 155 was defeated on a tie vote in the committee. The committee reconsidered its earlier action. Similar legislation has passed the House of Representatives and is pending in the Senate.

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House Budget Committee Advances Supplemental Appropriation Bill

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Brian Kinkade

The state House Budget Committee has approved a new version of the budget bill authorizing additional spending to address budget shortfalls or unforeseen expenses of the current state fiscal year, which ends June 30. House Bill 14 is dubbed the “supplemental appropriations” bill.

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State Senate Reaches Liability Legislation Compromise

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Ted Wedel

After an extended filibuster ending at 5 a.m. Wednesday, the state Senate approved a compromise version of Senate Bill 7. The legislation revises the venue where civil lawsuits will be tried, and standards for consolidating issues or parties into a single lawsuit.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


DHSS Issues Home Health And Hospice Employment Clarification

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson or Jane Drummond

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Home Care and Rehabilitative Standards, has issued a clarification document for home health and hospice employers on the Employee Disqualification List, Family Care Safety Registry and Good Cause Waiver. Questions should be directed to Debi Siebert at debi.siebert@health.mo.gov or 573/751-6332.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Extends eCQM Data Submission Deadline For CY2018 Reporting Period

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended the deadline to Thursday, March 14 for eligible and critical access hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and/or the Promoting Interoperability Program to submit electronic clinical quality measure data for the calendar year 2018 reporting period. The Promoting Interoperability Program attestation deadline for eligible hospitals and CAHs also has been extended to Thursday, March 14. The extension is intended to reduce the reporting burden and is part of CMS’ continued commitment to ensuring successful data submissions to the Hospital IQR and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Programs. Additional information is available.

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Noteworthy


Missouri AG Hires State Sexual Assault Kit Coordinator

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson or Amy Schwartz

Judge M. Keithley Williams, a former trial judge in Jasper County and treatment court administrator in the City of St. Louis, has been chosen to lead the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. As the State Sexual Assault Kit Coordinator, Judge Williams will lead a team to work with law enforcement and hospitals to uncover, log and test all untested kits. On a related note, Senator Jill Schuup filed legislation this week, SB 456, which would require all hospital emergency departments to have nurses trained in sexual assault forensic evidence collection and to complete the kit in their hospitals.

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Consider This ...

Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February — a month known for having a 'rare' number of days. Building awareness of rare diseases is important because 1 in 20 people will live with a rare disease at some point in their life. For the majority of rare diseases, there is no cure and many go undiagnosed.

Source: RareDiseaseDay.org