MHA Today | May 6, 2019

May 6, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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May 6, 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
Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe Recognizes Hospital Volunteers At Capitol
State House Committee Approves Resolution On Federal Liver Transplant Policy
Legislators Advance Insurance Waiver Study
TJC Offers Webinar On Disease-Specific Care Certification Standards
This Week Is National Nurses Week
MHA Opens Trustee Of The Year Call For Nominations

What You Need To Know This Week

  • There are just two weeks left in the 2019 Missouri legislative session. The last day of the session is Friday, May 17.
  • This week, MHA will release the first of three reports — An Analysis of the Economic Impact of Missouri Hospitals — as part of our economic initiative.

Spotlight


Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe Recognizes Hospital Volunteers At Capitol

Staff Contact: Renee Wilde

Several Missouri hospital volunteers and auxiliary members were honored with the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award for their contribution to their hospitals and communities.
Senior Service Award
Bill and Earline Kelley earned honors for their service to Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo. Bill was recognized for his tireless work at the surgery desk; for raising funds for autism services at Freeman Health System’s Ozark Center; and for compassionate service to patients, families and visitors. Earline Kelley was recognized for her longtime service to the health system, including spending two days per week caring for patients, families and visitors; providing donations to the local Ronald McDonald House; Senior Service Award filling backpacks for the Bright Futures program; and supporting the Ozark Center.

Freeda Myers, auxilian at Mercy Hospital Lebanon, was honored for more than 20 years of volunteer service to the hospital. Throughout her tenure, she has logged more than 11,000 hours at the hospital serving patients and co-workers.

Senior Service Award Lou Paris was recognized for her services as a volunteer supporting the patients, families and staff of North Kansas City Hospital. Paris works wherever she is needed, including volunteering time at the information desk, surgery waiting room and gift shop.

Bea Roggy (not pictured), a volunteer at Lake Regional Health System’s auxiliary in Osage Beach, Mo., was recognized for providing more than 11,000 hours of service. During her many volunteer hours, Roggy has served in the gift shop, participated in bake sales to raise funds for the auxiliary and helped train new auxiliary volunteers.Senior Service Award Her husband accepted the award on her behalf.

Gary VanMater was honored for his service to Mercy Carthage Hospital. He was recognized for his work greeting and comforting visitors at the Mercy Carthage Hospital, as well as assisting patients and delivering meals.

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


State House Committee Approves Resolution On Federal Liver Transplant Policy

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A state House committee reviewed and approved a House resolution recognizing and supporting the work of U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley in opposing a new federal policy regarding the distribution of donated livers for transplantation. The policy would reduce the availability of livers for residents of Missouri and other states with higher rates of donation. Instead, more livers would be made available to states with lower rates of donation. The policy has been temporarily suspended by litigation, with several of the plaintiffs being Missouri hospital systems.

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Legislators Advance Insurance Waiver Study

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees or Bill Anderson

A state House committee reviewed and approved Senate Bill 414. The legislation creates a Missouri Health Insurance Innovation Task Force to assess the implications and opportunities of Missouri state government applying for a federal Section 1332 waiver. Such waivers permit alternative regulatory standards for commercial insurers, so long as they are comparable in effect to what is required under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Quality and Population Health


TJC Offers Webinar On Disease-Specific Care Certification Standards

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission is offering a complimentary webinar at noon on Thursday, May 9, during which the top cited standards in disease-specific care certification programs for 2018 will be shared. The discussion will include processes to assist hospitals in preparing for on-site review to decrease the risk of having a DSC standard cited. Registration is required.

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Noteworthy


This Week Is National Nurses Week

Staff Contact: Brooke Doerhoff
National Nurses Week Frame
This week is National Nurses Week, and with 135,700 nurses in Missouri, we have a lot to celebrate. Help us honor this great profession by getting social! Throughout the week, we’ll be posting about Nurses Week on Facebook and Twitter. And, we created Facebook frames that you can add to your profile pictures and stories — one for nurses, and the other for those who support nurses.

We encourage you to follow along, engage with us and tag us in your posts!

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MHA Opens Trustee Of The Year Call For Nominations

Staff Contact: Dana Dahl

Trustee of the Year Award MHA now is accepting nominations for the 2019 Trustee of the Year Award. This award recognizes two trustees from Missouri hospitals for their strong leadership skills and grassroots advocacy. In the next week, nomination forms and instructions will be sent to all hospital CEOs and executive assistants. The nomination deadline is Friday, June 28.

The awards will be presented at the Celebration of Awards Dinner at MHA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show on Thursday, Nov. 7. Recipients must currently serve on a Missouri hospital or health system governing board.

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Consider This ...

This week is National Nurses Week. According to the annual Gallup poll on honesty and ethical standards, nurses were ranked the most trusted profession in 2017. Nurses have topped the list of 22 professions for the past 16 years.

Source: American Hospital Association