MHA Today | April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019
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April 18, 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
Hospital Boards Affirm Commitment To Rural Health Investments
State Legislative Chambers Exchange Health Care Bills
Corsi Resigns From Department Of Social Services Post
MHA Releases Issue Brief On Proposed Payment And Policy Updates To FY 2020 IRF
CMS Releases Proposed Payment And Policy Updates To FY 2020 IPF
ASAM Offers Addiction Medicine Training Opportunity

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Hospital Boards Affirm Commitment To Rural Health Investments

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

More than 40 Missouri hospital governing boards adopted resolutions in support of state policies that improve the workforce, invest in infrastructure and expand access to broadband, among other priorities. The resolutions were delivered to Gov. Parson and members of the Missouri General Assembly this week as a part of MHA’s reimagine rural health agenda. Many of the governor’s recommended policies are being debated in the Missouri House and Senate as lawmakers craft a budget for the fiscal year that begins Monday, July 1.

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State Legislative Chambers Exchange Health Care Bills

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The state House of Representatives gave its final approval to several health-related bills. They now move to the Senate. House Bill 1057 is MHA’s proposal to reduce duplicative reporting of hospital infection data and to change the trigger for mandatory implementation of antibiotic resistance data reporting. HB 756 clarifies the applicability of a 2018 law on billing and payment for services of out-of-network practitioners in in-network hospitals. Also, the Missouri Senate approved Senate Bill 34, which changes standards for coroner investigations of hospice deaths, and SB 282, which was amended to revise organ procurement organizations’ solicitation of authorization for organ donation.

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Corsi Resigns From Department Of Social Services Post

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Steve Corsi is resigning from his post as director of the Missouri Department of Social Services. He is moving to “an opportunity with a faith-based nonprofit.” The department director is a cabinet-level officer overseeing an agency that includes a variety of social services agencies, including the MO HealthNet Division.

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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Releases Issue Brief On Proposed Payment And Policy Updates To FY 2020 IRF

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released proposed updates to the fiscal year 2020 Medicare inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system. The rule also includes proposed changes to the IRF Quality Reporting Program. Relative to FY 2019, CMS is expecting payments to increase by 2.3 percent, or $195 million. The proposed rule adds two measures to the IRF QRP, which include transfer of health information to the provider and transfer of health information to the patient. CMS believes these measures will “improve safety by ensuring that the patient’s medication list is accurate and complete at the time of transfer or discharge.” CMS is accepting comments on the proposed rule until Monday, June 17. MHA published an issue brief with additional details.

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CMS Releases Proposed Payment And Policy Updates To FY 2020 IPF

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released proposed updates to the fiscal year 2020 Medicare inpatient psychiatric facility prospective payment system. CMS estimates that the payment and policy updates will increase IPF payments by $75 million. MHA will publish more information, including an issue brief.

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Quality and Population Health


ASAM Offers Addiction Medicine Training Opportunity

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

The American Society for Addiction Medicine is providing a workshop regarding the fundamentals of addiction medicine. Participants will gain valuable skills related to diagnosing, referring and engaging in appropriate treatment for patients dealing with substance use disorder.

The workshop is on Friday, May 10, at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. The cost to attend is $25. Additional details and online registration is available.

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Consider This ...

When people view news of a mass killing, they not only develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress, but also become more likely to watch coverage of a subsequent mass tragedy.

Source: PBS NewsHour