MHA Today | May 7, 2019

May 7, 2019


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May 7, 2019

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In This Issue
Judge Rules On 340B Medicare Payment Reductions
CMS Announces Funding Extension
MHA PFAC Releases Vlog
Employed Physicians Outnumber Self-Employed For First Time


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Judge Rules On 340B Medicare Payment Reductions

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia previously ruled that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services exceeded its authority when it finalized a nearly 30 percent payment reduction for certain drugs purchased under the 340B program. The court now has reaffirmed the ruling and urges HHS to continue to resolve the unlawful payment reductions. The judge also asks HHS for a report on its progress, which is due by Monday, Aug. 5.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Announces Funding Extension

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade or Shawn Billings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a memo announcing the extension of the 90 percent enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage from eight quarters to 10 quarters under section 1006(a) of the Support for Communities and Patients Act. Eligibility for funding extension applies to certain substance use disorder treatment in health homes. A guidance document is available with full details, including the statutory definition, reporting expectations and eligibility for the funding extension.

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MHA PFAC Releases Vlog

Staff Contact: Toi Wilde or Alison Williams

Aim for Excellence Award The MHA Patient Family Advisory Council released the first in its five-part vlog series, Patient Family Engagement: Telling Our Stories. Li Ern Chen, M.D., MSCS, discusses the unique consumer/patient aspect we have in the health care industry, and the importance of educating our consumers/patients and giving them a voice to achieve a better experience and outcome.

The vlog series will discuss the importance of patient and family engagement through shared learning, promotion of best practices, and sharing patient experience and family engagement stories while supporting a culture of patient-centered care.

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Noteworthy


Employed Physicians Outnumber Self-Employed For First Time

Staff Contact: Brooke Doerhoff

According to a new study from the American Medical Association, the number of employed physicians surpassed self-employed doctors, a first for this group. A trend that has been occurring throughout the last few decades, an estimated 47.4 percent of physicians operated as employees last year, and nearly 46 percent had ownership stake in their practice. The report identifies a shift from very small to very large practices, as many physicians work directly for a hospital or a hospital-owned practice.

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Consider This ...

This week is Drinking Water Week. U.S. adolescents who drink less water tend to drink less milk, eat less fruits and vegetables, drink more sugar-sweetened beverages, eat more fast food, and get less physical activity.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention