MHA Today | May 14, 2019

May 14, 2019


MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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May 14, 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
Legislators Enact Medical Futility Legislation
Interoperability Hardship Exception Available
Two Opportunities For Buprenorphine Waiver Training Available

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state and federal health policy developments

Legislators Enact Medical Futility Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The General Assembly enacted House Bill 138, which goes to the governor for approval or veto. The legislation creates new standards regarding parental consent for withdrawing medically futile care for pediatric patients. The so-called “Simon’s Law” proposal has been controversial in past sessions, but the 2019 bill represents a compromise accord and was not contested.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

Interoperability Hardship Exception Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires that hospitals and critical access hospitals use the 2015 edition certified electronic health record technology to meet Promoting Interoperability Program requirements. Some eligible hospitals and CAHs may be exempt from penalties if they can demonstrate that compliance with the requirement will result in a “significant hardship.” Hospitals and CAHs may request a hardship exemption by completing an online application or verbally submitting an application by calling 866/288-8912. The deadline for eligible hospitals to submit an application is Monday, July 1, and the deadline for CAHs is Nov. 30.

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Quality and Population Health

Two Opportunities For Buprenorphine Waiver Training Available

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings

Opioid SOR, in partnership with the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, is providing two opportunities in Missouri for Buprenorphine waiver training. A possible stipend to defray costs may be available. Currently, the training can be completed by attending half of the training in-person and half of the training online. Trainings are held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates. Registration is available at the respective links.

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants who complete the coursework will be able to apply this toward their 24 hours of training. To do so, they must finish the other 16 hours of work online to get the certificate. For additional details and training options, visit the Missouri Coalition website.

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Consider This ...

Missouri boasts 155,346 hospital workers working to better communities across the state. That’s enough people to sell out Arrowhead Stadium twice.

Source: Missouri Hospital Association