MHA Today | June 26, 2019

June 26, 2019

 



MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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June 26, 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
Missouri’s Approach To Price And Quality Transparency
U.S. Senate Committee Advances Health Proposal
President Reauthorizes Preparedness Program Funding
Governor Approves New Laws On Opioids And Radiologic Technologists
CBO Releases Long-Term Budget Outlook
MHA PFAC Releases Part Two In Vlog Series


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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Missouri’s Approach To Price And Quality Transparency

Staff Contact: Mary Becker

In response to President Trump’s executive order directing federal agencies to use their regulatory authority to expand price and quality transparency in health care, MHA compiled a document outlining Missouri’s history of supporting hospital transparency since 2006.

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U.S. Senate Committee Advances Health Proposal

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

By a vote of 20 to three, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee approved a new version of S. 1895. The legislation encompasses 54 health-related proposals. One of its higher-profile components would regulate “surprise billing” by out-of-network practitioners. MHA joins other hospital groups in opposing the use of benchmark rates rather than arbitration to set out-of-network payment amounts. The committee chairman anticipates Senate debate by the end of July.

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President Reauthorizes Preparedness Program Funding

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

This week, President Trump signed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (S. 1379). The legislation reauthorizes the Hospital Preparedness Program at an increased amount; reserves a percentage of HPP funds to develop regional health care emergency preparedness and response systems; formally keeps the HPP and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program separate under their respective agencies; and changes financing and uses for the Public Health Emergency Fund. PAHPAI also authorizes several national advisory committees and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, and clarifies state liability law for volunteer health care professionals. For more on the act’s provisions, see ASPR Blog post by Robert Kadlec, M.D., assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Governor Approves New Laws On Opioids And Radiologic Technologists

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The governor signed Senate Bill 275 of the 2019 state legislative session. Among other changes, the new law places limitations, with exceptions, on the prescribing of opioids by dentists. It also creates a Joint Task Force on Radiologic Technologist Licensure to consider the need for such occupational licensure by state government.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CBO Releases Long-Term Budget Outlook

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Congressional Budget Office released federal budget outlook for the next 30 years. According to the CBO, debt held by the public will increase from 78 to 144 percent of gross domestic product by 2049, and revenues are expected to remain flat throughout the next few years with increases beginning in 2026. The CBO projects debt as a percentage of GDP in 2048 to be 11 percentage points lower in this year’s projections than in last year’s projections.

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Quality and Population Health


MHA PFAC Releases Part Two In Vlog Series

Staff Contact: Toi Wilde or Alison Williams

The MHA Patient Family Advisory Council released the second in its five-part vlog series, Patient Family Engagement: Telling Our Stories. Tina Jones, MHA, CPXP, director of quality, risk and patient experience at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare, discusses what patients really want from their caregivers to feel seen for the unique individual they are. Simply being present, kind and open to listening can have a great impact on our patients.

The vlog series highlights the importance of patient and family engagement through shared learning, promotion of best practices, and sharing patient experience and family engagement stories while supporting a culture of patient-centered care.

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Consider This ...

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