MHA Today | May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019
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May 9, 2019

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In This Issue
White House Unveils Surprise Billing Principles
Missouri Board Of Pharmacy To Host Technician Compliance Update Webinar
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
Trajectories — Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Conversation That Could Save Two Lives

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


White House Unveils Surprise Billing Principles

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

A White House release says “the Trump Administration believes that any effort to address the issue of surprise billing should be undertaken with these principles in mind:

  • Patients receiving emergency care should not be forced to shoulder extra costs billed by a care provider but not covered by their insurer.
  • Patients receiving scheduled care should have information about whether providers are in or out of their network and what costs they may face.
  • Patients should not receive surprise bills from out-of-network providers they did not choose.
  • Federal health care expenditures should not increase.”
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Missouri Board Of Pharmacy To Host Technician Compliance Update Webinar

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Missouri Board of Pharmacy is holding a free Pharmacy Technician Compliance Update webinar on Thursday, May 23. Advance registration for the one-hour sessions are available for noon or 6 p.m. This webinar has been approved for one hour of continuing education. Handouts will be available the day of webinar.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


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.

  • Open payments: Review and dispute data by Wednesday, May 15
  • Promoting Interoperability Programs: Submit comments on proposed changes by Monday, June 24
  • Quality Payment Program look up tool: Secure access for alternative payment model entities
  • Recovery audits: Improvements to protect taxpayer dollars and put patients over paperwork
  • Comprehensive strategies to foster innovation for transformative medical technologies
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Quality and Population Health


Trajectories — Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Conversation That Could Save Two Lives

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings

Senior Service Award The issue of opioid use during pregnancy is tethered to medicine, behavioral health, child protection, civil rights and women’s issues — perhaps in a way that no other public health crisis affecting women has. The impact of maternal opioid use on both the mother and unborn fetus is a serious community concern. As individuals and professionals in our communities, all of us have a role in improving maternal and infant health.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome affects between six and 20 newborns per 1,000 live U.S. births, and infant withdrawal from licit or illicit opioids is increasing at an alarming rate throughout the nation. In Missouri, the incidence of NAS increased 270 percent between 2008 and 2017. In addition, novel surveillance techniques suggest substantial variability in how NAS is diagnosed and managed in Missouri.

The May 2019 issue of Trajectories explores how to support the mother-baby dyad through recovery-oriented systems of care, implementing universal OUD screenings of all patients and using a medication-assisted treatment approach for individuals with OUD.

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Consider This ...

A new study found that more than 55 percent of the global BMI increase throughout the past 30 years has come from rural populations. In almost every region around the world, weight gain in rural areas is increasing at the same rate or faster than in cities.

Source: The Washington Post