MHA Today | May 29, 2019

May 29, 2019

 



MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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May 29, 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
DHSS Finalizes Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules
CMS Finalizes Changes To The PACE Program
MHA Distributes Analysis For Proposed Updates To 2020 SNF PPS
Missouri Hospitals Continue Hospital Preparedness Exercises
2019 Trustee Of The Year Call For Nominations


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Health Law Insight


DHSS Finalizes Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

The Department of Health and Senior Services filed emergency rules to implement Missouri’s medical marijuana program. The rules take effect Monday, June 3, and cover subjects ranging from the cultivation, manufacturing and dispensing of marijuana products to patient use and physician certification.

Proposed rules corresponding to the emergency rules will be published in the Monday, June 17, issue of the Missouri Register, after which interested parties will have 30 days to submit comments.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Finalizes Changes To The PACE Program

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized a rule that updates the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. The PACE program provides medical and social services to certain frail, elderly individuals who qualify for nursing home care but still can live safely in the community. The majority of participants are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The final rule revises the requirements for the PACE program by strengthening protections and improving care for participants while providing administrative flexibility and regulatory relief for the organizations. CMS intends that these changes will provide greater operational flexibility, remove redundancies and outdated information, and codify existing practice.

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MHA Distributes Analysis For Proposed Updates To 2020 SNF PPS

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA released a summary and comprehensive analysis of the proposed updates to the Medicare skilled nursing facility prospective payment system for federal fiscal year 2020. The analysis compares estimates for FFYs 2019 and 2020, which include updates to the marketbasket, productivity reductions mandated by the Affordable Care Act, wage index and SNF value-based purchasing program. Projected payment rates for FFY 2020 also are based on the new patient-driven payment model rates. The analysis does not include effects caused by high-cost outliers, payments for managed care patients, or any modification in fee for service payments as a result of hospital participation in new payment models being tested under Medicare demonstration or pilot programs. The analysis also does not include the effects of the 2 percent Medicare sequestration. Comments about the proposed rule must be submitted by Tuesday, June 18. The analysis is posted online for authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage.® Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Quality and Population Health


Missouri Hospitals Continue Hospital Preparedness Exercises

Staff Contact: Stacie Hollis or Kara Amann-Kale

Ebola Drill at Missouri Hospitals Today, several Missouri hospitals participated in community-based exercises to test Missouri’s Ebola Virus Disease Treatment and Transport Plan. Participating hospitals included CoxHealth, Mercy Hospital Springfield, Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Saint Francis Healthcare and Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

Following the established statewide plan, hospital staff effectively isolated the patient, utilized personal protective equipment and prepared the patient for EMS transport to Missouri’s designated Ebola Assessment Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Yesterday’s and today’s Ebola exercises will culminate tomorrow when Barnes-Jewish Hospital prepares and transports the notional patient to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, a designated Ebola Treatment Center for U.S. Health and Human Services Region 7.

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Noteworthy


2019 Trustee Of The Year Call For Nominations

Staff Contact: Dana Dahl

Trustee of the Year Award MHA is accepting nominations for the 2019 Trustee of the Year Award. This award is aimed at recognizing and honoring 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 in person at the Celebration of Achievement Awards Dinner at MHA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show on Thursday, Nov. 7. Recipients must be currently serving on a Missouri hospital or health system governing board. Nomination forms or questions about the award may be sent to Dana Dahl at ddahl@mhanet.com or 573/893-3700, ext. 1314.

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Consider This ...

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