MHA Today | March 25, 2019

March 25, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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March 25, 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
Thousands Of Missouri Nurse Licenses Expire Friday, April 26
CMS Regulatory Burdens Cost IPFs $1.7 Billion Annually
Mosaic Life Care Finalizes Acquisition Of SSM Health St. Francis Hospital

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The Missouri General Assembly is back in session today following their spring recess.
  • Watch for the release of an MHA report on the cost of opioids.
  • A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in the Senate Insurance and Banking Committee on Senate Bill 370 Medicaid managed care reform.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Thousands Of Missouri Nurse Licenses Expire Friday, April 26

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson or Jill Williams

The Missouri State Board of Nursing reports there are more than 40,000 Missouri registered nurses who have yet to renew their licenses. The license expiration date is Tuesday, April 30; however, nurses must renew by Friday, April 26. If a nurse has an individual Nursys e-Notify account, a final license renewal reminder will be emailed from Nursys on Saturday, March 30. The board also will email a reminder on Monday, April 1, to any R.N.s who have not renewed and have a valid email address.

Nurses and employers can enroll in e-Notify at www.nursys.com to receive automated license and discipline notifications. For questions, contact the Missouri State Board of Nursing at 573/751-0069.

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CMS Regulatory Burdens Cost IPFs $1.7 Billion Annually

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

New research from Manatt Health finds that inpatient psychiatric facilities spend on average nearly 5 percent of annual revenue from all sources to comply with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulatory requirements. Researchers reviewed the costs associated with regulations within three domains: “B-tag”-related standards for patient evaluations, medical records and staffing at IPFs; ligature risk points; and EMTALA. Among these domains, IPFs’ cost to renovate or build facilities to comply with regulations, and to hire and maintain staff to meet B-tag and EMTALA guidance, was approximately $1.7 billion. The study was released by the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare to help inform CMS’ “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative.

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Noteworthy


Mosaic Life Care Finalizes Acquisition Of SSM Health St. Francis Hospital

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph finalized the purchase agreement that will transfer ownership of SSM Health St. Francis Hospital in Maryville to Mosaic Life Care. Nate Blackford has been named president, and the hospital’s name will be changed to Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville, effective Monday, April 1.

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Consider This ...

The number of new HIV cases in Missouri is on the rise — and a disproportionately large number are in rural counties. Missouri is one of seven states with a “substantial rural burden,” with more than 75 cases and 10 percent or more of diagnoses in rural areas.

Source: St. Louis Public Radio