MHA Today | April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019
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April 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
HHS Delays Controversial Liver Allocation Policy
House Committee Approves FRA Authorization
Senate Passes State Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
Legislative Committee Reviews Short-Term Insurance Expansion
DHSS Releases CARE Consent Form
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

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state and federal health policy developments


HHS Delays Controversial Liver Allocation Policy

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The federal Department of Health and Human Services delayed implementation of its new national policy regarding the distribution of livers donated for transplantation. The policy stems from standards adopted by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network and is the subject of litigation. Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley from Missouri are among the U.S. Senators who wrote a letter objecting to the policy. Sen. Blunt has played a leading role in voicing concerns. He issued a statement regarding the delay.

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House Committee Approves FRA Authorization

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The state House Budget Committee reviewed and unanimously approved House Bill 1053. The bill reauthorizes the hospital Federal Reimbursement Allowance and the other state provider taxes for two years. Without legislative action, the taxes will lapse on Oct. 1.

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Senate Passes State Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees, Bill Anderson or Brian Kinkade

The Senate passed the 13 appropriations bills that comprise the Missouri’s fiscal year 2020 operating budget on Wednesday. The Senate’s version of the budget is favorable to hospitals. It does not cut funding for the Medicaid hospital program, and satisfactorily addresses concerns for funding TCD certification reviews and the operations of the Poison Control Center. The Senate budget includes a $10 million appropriation for hospital-related health information technology and Admit Discharge Transfer investments. The House and Senate now must reconcile the differences in the chambers’ respective budgets and pass a final budget by Friday, May 10.

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Legislative Committee Reviews Short-Term Insurance Expansion

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A Senate committee reviewed House Bill 83, which would redefine short-term insurance plans to include coverage with a duration of as much as one year. Currently, short-term coverage must be for less than six months. The expanded short-term plans would be exempt from state laws mandating coverage of particular benefits or services, as well as the requirement to cover preexisting conditions. An MHA memo relays concerns about the legislation.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


DHSS Releases CARE Consent Form

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

Missouri statute 191.1150 requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop a form that hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers can use to meet the statutory requirements of selecting a caregiver, authorizing release of information and so forth. The department developed the form and posted it on its website. Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers can use their own communication or disclosure form to satisfy the requirements as long as the form is compliant with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services standards and regulations. MHA hosted a webinar on the CARE Act requirements.

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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.

  • Health and Human Services to deliver value-based transformation in primary care
  • Quality Payment Program: Merit-based Incentive Payment System 2019 call for measures/activities ends Monday, July 1
  • Medicare Shared Savings Program: Do you plan to apply to be an Accountable Care Organization?
  • New Part D opioid overutilization policies: Myths and facts
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Consider This ...

The World Health Organization says that infants under 1 year old should not be exposed to electronic screens, and children between the ages of 2 and 4 should not have more than one hour of “sedentary screen time” each day.

Source: The New York Times