MHA Today | April 15, 2019

April 15, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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April 15, 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
Legislative Committee Approves Medication First Coverage Enhancements
Legislators Review Air Ambulance Surprise Billing Measure
HIDI HealthStats — Assessing Community Health Needs With exploreMOhealth
MHA Offers Workplace Violence Prevention Workshops

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The American Hospital Association is asking hospitals to urge your member of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign on to a bipartisan letter from Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Pete Olson (R-Texas) seeking a two-year delay in the Medicaid DSH cuts scheduled to take effect Oct. 1. See the full letter and AHA factsheet for more on the issue.

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state and federal health policy developments


Legislative Committee Approves Medication First Coverage Enhancements

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Bill Anderson

A House committee approved a new version of House Bill 904, which would improve access to insurance coverage for medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction. The sponsor, a physician, indicated he would work with the insurers to address their ongoing concerns about administrative burden.

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Legislators Review Air Ambulance Surprise Billing Measure

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

Current state law directs insurers and managed care plans to pay ambulance services directly for their services. Senate Bill 267 would apply this law only to ground ambulance services. The bill is intended to address ongoing concerns about “surprise billing” by air ambulance providers that are not enrolled in insurers’ provider networks. It passed the Missouri Senate using an expedited process reserved for uncontroversial bills with a limited fiscal effect; it was reviewed today by a House committee.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI HealthStats — Assessing Community Health Needs With exploreMOhealth

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

HIDI HealthStats Location has a profound influence on health. The ability to examine targeted health data for a specific county, and the ZIP codes included therein, enables health care providers and other community stakeholders to identify issues and take action to help create and sustain a healthier Missouri. exploreMOhealth, a community health needs assessment platform, is designed to facilitate the exploration of unique hyperlocal health data for a better understanding of the factors influencing outcomes across Missouri communities.

For more insights into the health factors and health outcomes driving the results, visit exploreMOhealth.org or read the April edition of HIDI HealthStats.

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Quality and Population Health


MHA Offers Workplace Violence Prevention Workshops

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

This June, MHA is offering a complimentary one-day interactive workshop that will provide information and tools necessary to develop an effective workplace violence prevention program. Hospitals are encouraged to send small groups of staff who are or who will be responsible for developing and managing this type of program. The workshop is offered on the following dates.

Additional information and online registration is available at the respective links.

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Consider This ...

Nearly 170,000 older Missourians — or one in eight of the state’s seniors — suffer from food insecurity. That’s when a person can’t safely access healthy food due to cost, lack of transportation or other factors.

Source: St. Louis Public Radio