MHA Today | April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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April 12, 2019

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.


Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO Early in the week, a group of hospital leaders attended the American Hospital Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. I mentioned the meeting and visits with Missouri’s congressional delegation last week. In that column, I was viewing the trip through the prism of health improvement and transformation of the health care system. This week, I want to discuss it from a leadership perspective.

Monday morning, Missouri’s senior senator, Roy Blunt, addressed AHA. He has championed several issues in Congress that are essential to improving the function and value of health care, including behavioral health, research through the National Institutes of Health, substance and opioid abuse treatment, Sen. Roy Bluntand hospital workplace violence. He mentioned many of these challenges in his remarks, including the pending report from the Departments of Health & Human Services and Labor on how they can “collaborate to strengthen protections and support safe environments for health care workers, patients, families and visitors.” Blunt, as chair of the Senate subcommittee that writes the HHS and Labor appropriations bills, added the language last year at our request after Missouri’s hospitals identified the issue as a top operational threat.

Having a good relationship with Missouri’s delegation is important. Having a member of the Senate that is both in leadership and a leader on hospital issues is extraordinary. The visits to Capitol Hill provided an opportunity for our group to share concerns and to thank him for his work to benefit hospitals in Missouri and the nation.

John W. Bluford, III - AHA Award Senator Blunt wasn’t the only Missourian on the platform during the AHA meeting. John Bluford, 2006 chair of the MHA Board of Trustees, 2011 chair of the AHA Board of Trustees, and former president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers, received AHA’s 2019 Award of Honor. When he left Truman, he didn’t retire, he founded the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute. The institute focuses on issues that he embraced passionately as a hospital executive — innovation and inclusion. The institute exposes young, underrepresented scholars to health care, and challenges them to develop innovative solutions and policies to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations. AHA recognized Bluford for the institute’s leadership in professional workforce development, diversity and health equity.

Sen. Roy Blunt One more shout out. Melinda Estes, M.D., president and CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, is chair-elect of AHA. She’s been an important voice on the MHA Board of Trustees, and has served on the AHA Board of Trustees and its executive committee. Mindy is just the type of dynamic leader hospitals need as the health care system evolves.

It’s hard not to be a little proud of Missouri and our hospital community this week. When you work with such an amazing group of people on a regular basis — individuals dedicated to improving health and the state — it’s easy to forget how fortunate we are.

Thank you Sen. Blunt, John and Mindy for your leadership.

Let me know what you think.

Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

Herb B. Kuhn
MHA President and CEO

In This Issue
MHD Delays NDC Reporting Requirement For Outpatient 340B Drug Reimbursement
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Weekly Flu Surveillance Suspended For 2018-19 Season
MHA Thanks Hospital Volunteers

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

MHD Delays NDC Reporting Requirement For Outpatient 340B Drug Reimbursement

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

The MO HealthNet Division delayed the effective date for requiring hospital outpatient drug reimbursement claims to include the drug’s National Drug Code until Thursday, May 30. The original effective date was Tuesday, April 30. The April 9 bulletin that MHD posted with the new effective date, though extensive, includes no changes to the information included in the bulletin released in mid-February when the policy change was announced. MHA previously reported this change in its February 21 edition of MHA Today.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • Patients Over Paperwork April newsletter
  • Help prevent alcohol misuse or abuse
  • Medicare Shared Savings Program: Submit notice of intent to apply beginning Tuesday, June 11
  • Quality Payment Program
    • CMS web interface and CAHPS for MIPS survey: Register by Monday, July 1
    • 2018 MIPS data submission preliminary feedback

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Quality and Population Health

Weekly Flu Surveillance Suspended For 2018-19 Season

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Carissa Van Hunnik

In accordance with MHA’s 2018-2019 Flu Monitoring Guidance, weekly flu queries were conducted in EMResource beginning Week 40 (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2018) and ending Week 14 (March 31 – April 6, 2019). According to the most recent Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services’ Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, influenza activity in Missouri has decreased from “widespread” to “regional” classification. Missouri has seen decreases in the number of laboratory-positive Influenza cases, as well as a decrease in the percentage of outpatient visits for Influenza-like Illness. Considering these factors, no change to the Flu Monitoring Guidance procedures should be necessary, and we will discontinue the weekly flu queries as planned. MHA staff will facilitate an evaluation of this flu monitoring strategy and revise our guidance accordingly in preparation for the 2019-2020 flu season.

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MHA Thanks Hospital Volunteers

Staff Contact: Daphney Partridge

National Volunteer Week This week Is National Volunteer Week, and MHA celebrates hospital volunteers who lend their time and talent to make a difference in the lives of patients. Not only is volunteering good for hospitals and their patients, volunteers also experience many benefits like feeling healthier and happier. HelpGuide lists four key benefits to volunteering.

  • Volunteering connects you to others.
  • Volunteering is good for your mind and body.
  • Volunteering can advance your career.
  • Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life.
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Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?

April 8, 2019
Blunt Addresses AHA Annual Meeting
House Committee Hears MHA-Promoted Bill That Reverses Managed Care Hospital Rate Cap
HIDI HealthStats — Assessing Community Health Needs With exploreMOhealth
IHI Hosts Call To Discuss White Paper
LeadingAge Missouri To Host Acute And Post-Acute Summit

April 9, 2019
John Bluford Receives AHA Honor Award
February MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®
CMS Announces IPFQR Education Session

April 10, 2019
Missouri Hospital Executives Advocate In Washington, D.C.
Committee Reviews Medicaid Managed Care Reform Bill
MHA Releases Analysis Of Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary

April 11, 2019
UHC Expands Bundled Payments For MA Providers
CMS Releases ACO Case Studies And Care Coordination Toolkit
HHS Launches A Volunteer HIPAA Pilot Program
MHA Reports Medicare Pay-For-Performance Overview

Consider This ...

Tomorrow is National Scrabble Day. The longest word in the English language is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, which was coined by the National Puzzlers' League as a synonym for the disease silicosis.

Source: National Today