MHA Today | March 5, 2019

March 5, 2019

 



MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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March 5, 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 To Release New Report On Adolescent Suicidality
State Senate Approves Liability Legislation Compromise
Legislation Sets New Standards For Hospital Inspectors
CMS To Hold National Call On Star Ratings
CDC Releases COCA Now On Ebola Considerations
The FDA Addresses The Opioid Crisis
Mosaic Medical Center — Maryville Names New President


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Spotlight


MHA To Release New Report On Adolescent Suicidality

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

Policy Brief: Adolescent Suicidality In 2016, hospital utilization for suicide ideation among children and adolescents in Missouri had grown nearly 900 percent during the previous decade. New research from MHA explores the relationship between insurance status and suicidality rates for children and adolescents in Missouri following an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. Suicide among children and adolescents is an escalating public health crisis.

In May 2017, the Missouri General Assembly expanded Medicaid managed care beyond its limited service area to statewide. This resulted in 240,000 individuals — primarily women and children — shifting from traditional Medicaid to Medicaid managed care.

MHA is working to use this report as a transformational catalyst to improve behavioral health care for Medicaid-eligible children in Missouri.

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


State Senate Approves Liability Legislation Compromise

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Ted Wedel

By a vote of 24-7, 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. The bill’s advancement was hard-won, emerging only after an all-night session of filibuster and negotiation last week.

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Legislation Sets New Standards For Hospital Inspectors

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees or Sarah Willson

A state House committee reviewed House Bill 758. The legislation creates conflict of interest restrictions for state hospital inspectors. State hospital regulators will not inspect a hospital within two years of having been employed by the hospital or its hospital system. It also creates a process for assessing whether an inspector’s personal or business affiliations create bias for or against a hospital. MHA developed and is promoting the legislation, which is based on a law governing nursing home inspectors.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS To Hold National Call On Star Ratings

Staff Contact: Brian Waterman or Mat Reidhead

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a national call at noon Wednesday, March 6, on proposed methodological changes to its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. CMS seeks public comment on proposed changes to the star ratings, which have been widely criticized from a technical and equity standpoint. To participate in the call, dial 1-800/837-1935, conference ID 3934159.

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CDC Releases COCA Now On Ebola Considerations

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity Now advising health care facilities to review their infection prevention and control processes for identifying and managing patients with communicable infections. There continues to be an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This COCA Now provides an update about CDC infection prevention and control guidance, as well as related concerns pertinent to U.S. health care facilities and personnel.

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The FDA Addresses The Opioid Crisis

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration identified its commitment and steps to addressing the opioid epidemic. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., states that the FDA is “committed to getting ahead of this crisis.” The announcement includes specific approaches Dr. Gottlieb outlined to address this public health concern.

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Mosaic Medical Center — Maryville Names New President

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph named Nate Blackford as president of Mosaic Medical Center — Maryville (formerly SSM Health St. Francis Hospital — Maryville), effective Monday, April 1, when Mosaic assumes operations of the hospital. Blackford most recently served as vice president and chief operating officer of MPact Health in Parkville, Mo., and before that, was vice president and chief operating officer of Northwest Medical Center in Albany, Mo. Blackford will replace Mike Baumgartner, who has served as CEO of the hospital since March 2015 and was named president of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital — Jefferson City, in January 2019. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

More than 119,000 people suffered from bloodstream staph infections in the U.S. in 2017 — and nearly 20,000 died.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention