MHA Today | June 24, 2019

June 24, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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June 24, 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
Trump Signs Executive Order On Health Care Transparency
MO HealthNet Division Ends “Grandfathering” For Most Drugs
CMS Releases HSRs For 2019 DRA HAC Measures
National Alliance For Recovery Residences Conference Comes To St. Louis
CMS Updates IQR Known Issues Document


What You Need To Know This Week

  • Watch for information from MHA regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clinician quality improvement opportunity.


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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Trump Signs Executive Order On Health Care Transparency

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to use their regulatory authority to expand price and quality transparency in health care. A White House fact sheet indicates “the Department of Health and Human Services will require hospitals to publicly disclose what people actually pay for services in an easy-to-read format.” HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued a statement.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MO HealthNet Division Ends “Grandfathering” For Most Drugs

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

Beginning Thursday, July 11, the MO HealthNet Division will end the practice of allowing participants to continue with an established drug even if the drug becomes nonpreferred. In the future, MHD providers will be required to change their patients’ prescriptions to MHD’s preferred drug within the drug’s class. The change will not apply to those drug classes that have clinical indications that treatment efficacy or patient safety is compromised by changing a patient’s prescription once established on a particular drug within one of these classes. MHD’s preferred drug list is updated quarterly.

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Quality and Population Health


CMS Releases HSRs For 2019 DRA HAC Measures

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The 2019 Hospital-Specific Reports for the Deficit Reduction Act Hospital-Acquired Condition measures now are available on the QualityNet Secure Portal for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Prospective Payment System program. The 30-day preview period is open and ends Monday, July 22. Hospitals can use the HSR to understand their performance on the measures before the results are publicly reported in August 2019. Additional information on DRA HAC reporting is available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.

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National Alliance For Recovery Residences Conference Comes To St. Louis

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

On Oct. 14-16, the Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis will host the National Alliance for Recovery Residences 2019 Best Practices Summit in St. Louis. Registration is $395 for NARR affiliate members and $450 for nonmembers.

There are several opportunities for sponsoring and exhibiting at the conference. Missouri offers many wonderful recovery resources, and this event would be a great place to promote these programs and services.

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CMS Updates IQR Known Issues Document

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated the known issues documents associated with the Inpatient Quality Reporting program with issue resolutions and newly identified issues. The reports are available on QualityNet.

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Consider This ...

Approximately 17 million adults ages 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder, and one in 10 children live in a home with a parent who has a drinking problem.

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism