MHA Today | June 19, 2019

June 19, 2019
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June 19, 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
Groups Urge Veto Of Motorcycle Helmet Repeal Legislation
MHA Submits Comments On Regulations, Interpretive Guidance
Regulators Propose Surprise Billing Arbitration Process
MedPAC Publishes June Report To Congress
CMS Issues FY 2020 IPPS And LTCH Correction Notice

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Groups Urge Veto Of Motorcycle Helmet Repeal Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

MHA is part of a coalition urging Gov. Parson to veto Senate Bill 147. The bill includes a late-session amendment allowing those age 18 and older to operate motorcycles without wearing helmets if they have insurance coverage for treatment of injuries caused by an accident. Similar legislation has been considered for many years. This year’s enactment emerged following state Senate negotiations to end an eleventh-hour filibuster and preclude further legislative delays. The coalition includes a number of health care organizations, as well as the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and the state Department of Transportation it oversees.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Submits Comments On Regulations, Interpretive Guidance

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler or Sarah Willson

MHA submitted comment letters this week regarding proposed Medicare regulatory changes for skilled nursing facilities, proposed Medicare regulations governing rehabilitation hospitals and units, and proposed Medicare interpretive guidance surrounding ligature risk. See the respective comment letters below.

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Regulators Propose Surprise Billing Arbitration Process

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration published a proposed regulation governing binding arbitration of payment disputes regarding treatment of emergency medical conditions by out-of-network practitioners. The deadline for submitting comments regarding the proposal is Wednesday, July 17.

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MedPAC Publishes June Report To Congress

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission released its June report to Congress. The most notable recommendations include a national set of guidelines for coding emergency department visits, and requiring advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants to directly bill Medicare for their services, which would eliminate “incident-to” billing.

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CMS Issues FY 2020 IPPS And LTCH Correction Notice

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a correction notice to the proposed FFY 2020 inpatient and long-term care hospital prospective payment system payment and policy updates. It corrects the description of the federal payment rate as it relates to the hospital readmission reduction program.

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Consider This ...

According to a new study, long-term use of prescription opioids for chronic pain is more common among people who are overweight or obese. The researchers calculate that 14 percent of prescription opioid use is attributable to obesity.

Source: Reuters