MHA Today | May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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May 13, 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
MHA Report Demonstrates Hospitals’ Significant Economic Value
CBO Scores President’s 2020 Budget
CMS Seeks Comment On Hospital Co-Location Guidance
TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality eCQM Webinar
Celebrate National Hospital Week With MHA

What You Need To Know This Week

  • This week is the final week of the Missouri legislative session — it ends at 6 p.m. Friday.
  • MHA is celebrating National Hospital Week, and we encourage our hospital members to use the resources we have made available.

Spotlight


MHA Report Demonstrates Hospitals’ Significant Economic Value

Staff Contact: Mary Becker
National Hospital Week Frame
Missouri hospitals delivered more than $19.3 billion in labor income, wages and benefits to Missourians and more than $27.1 billion in Missouri gross state product — approximately 10 percent of total GSP — through their economic activity statewide, according to a new report from MHA. In addition, hospitals contribute directly and indirectly to the local, state and federal governments, generating nearly $1.6 billion in taxes for Missouri government, while contributing $4.1 billion in taxes to the federal government.

“Hospitals and health care underpin the economies of the communities they serve,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA President and CEO. “The hospital workforce, capital investments in buildings and equipment, and purchases of supplies and services, all ripple through the state’s economy to create additional value. And, hospitals and health care have a footprint in nearly every Missouri community, which means that even the smallest of Missouri’s communities gain an economic boost.”

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


CBO Scores President’s 2020 Budget

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Congressional Budget Office released an analysis of the president’s 2020 budget, which projects deficits would total $9.9 trillion from 2020 to 2029. The CBO also projects that the federal debt would amount to 87 percent of the gross domestic product in 2029 as compared to the CBO’s baseline of 92 percent. The federal deficit also would be $1.5 trillion lower than the baseline budget. Generally, the president’s budget is considered to be dead on arrival, but it includes directional information about potential new policies. MHA published an issue brief with additional details.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Seeks Comment On Hospital Co-Location Guidance

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued draft guidance memo 19-13-Hospitals on hospital co-location within a hospital or other health care facility. CMS seeks comments on the draft guidance no later than Tuesday, July 2. Comments can be submitted to HospitalSCG@cms.hhs.gov.

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Quality and Population Health


TJC Announces Pioneers In Quality eCQM Webinar

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

National electronic clinical quality measure performance trends from the analysis of 2017 and 2018 eCQM data will be discussed in a webinar offered by The Joint Commission at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. Registration is required for the webinar, “Pioneers in Quality: eCQM National Data Trends and Statistics — Understanding your Organization’s Performance.”

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Noteworthy


Celebrate National Hospital Week With MHA

Staff Contact: Brooke Doerhoff
National Hospital Week Frame
As you've probably seen, last week we celebrated the honorable work of Missouri's nurses throughout National Nurses Week. This week, we shift our focus to the great work of Missouri’s hospitals and the individuals that work in them. Join us in celebrating National Hospital Week! All week, we’ll be posting on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ve created Facebook Frames that you can add to your profile pictures and stories — one for those who work in Missouri hospitals, and the other for those who support Missouri hospitals.

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

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Consider This ...

In 2018, there were more than 14 million inpatient discharges and outpatient visits in Missouri hospitals.

Source: Missouri Hospital Association