MHA Today | March 26, 2019

March 26, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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March 26, 2019

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In This Issue
House Advances Substance Abuse Policy Legislation
Legislative Committees Approve Practitioner Licensure Bills
MHA Comments On VA Community Access Rule
The National Academies Press Releases New Book

 

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


House Advances Substance Abuse Policy Legislation

Staff Contact: Bill Anderson or Daniel Landon

House Bill 240 would create a Joint Committee on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment comprised of state legislators and gubernatorial appointees. The state House of Representatives gave the bill its final approval. It moves to the Missouri Senate for consideration.

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Legislative Committees Approve Practitioner Licensure Bills

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Bill Anderson

A state House committee approved House Bill 907. It would create a licensure system for paramedic practitioners who could provide nonemergency services through a collaborative practice arrangement with a physician. Also, a Senate committee approved a new version of Senate Bill 303, which would authorize state licensure of radiation technology practitioners.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Comments On VA Community Access Rule

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

MHA submitted comments responding to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposed regulations concerning care of eligible veterans by providers operating outside the auspices of the VA health system. The proposed regulations implement a 2018 federal law on this topic. HIDI staff developed a mapping interface to show the likely effects of the drive-time standards proposed as one of several criteria to determine eligibility for care outside the VA system.

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Quality and Population Health


The National Academies Press Releases New Book

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

The National Academies Press released a new book, “Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives.” The book is available for purchase, or a free version can be located on their website. Multiple resources for health care professionals also are available, including titles related to opioid use disorder, mental health and clinical practice.

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Consider This ...

An estimated one in 59 children were identified with autism spectrum disorder in the U.S. in 2014, a 150 percent increase from 2000.

Source: The Wall Street Journal