MHA Today | July 1, 2019

July 1, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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July 1, 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 Congressional Delegation On Recess For Fourth Of July
MO-HOPE Releases Medication-Based Treatment Infographic
CMS Announces IQR Education Session
TJC Offers Webinar On Technical Aspects Of eCQM CQL
St. Alexius Hospital Names Interim CEO


What You Need To Know This Week

  • The Missouri congressional delegation will be back in their districts for the Fourth of July recess. If you encounter a federal legislator, be sure to thank him or her for taking action on Medicaid DSH payments and supporting Medicare wage index improvements.
  • This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may issue the proposed outpatient rule, physician fee schedule proposed rule and a new mandate on bundled payments.


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state and federal health policy developments


Missouri Congressional Delegation On Recess For Fourth Of July

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Missouri congressional delegation will be back in their districts for the Fourth of July recess. MHA thanks the six House members who recently endorsed a supportive letter regarding Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments, as well as the two House members Congressmen Jason Smith and Billy Long serving on key committees who endorsed a letter on Medicare wage index improvements. Also, as Congress reviews legislation on “surprise billing” by out-of-network practitioners, MHA joins the American Hospital Association and others in supporting using arbitration to determine payment rates, modeled on a favorable Missouri state law.

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Quality and Population Health


MO-HOPE Releases Medication-Based Treatment Infographic

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

The MO-HOPE Project developed an infographic to demonstrate the impact of overdose education training and naloxone distribution. The publication includes valuable resources on acquiring naloxone for your facility, as well as the impact that MO-HOPE training and distribution efforts have had in Missouri.

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CMS Announces IQR Education Session

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program has been scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. Registration is required for the webinar, “Hospital IQR Program CY 2018 (FY 2021 Payment Determination) eCQM Validation Overview for Selected Hospitals.”

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TJC Offers Webinar On Technical Aspects Of eCQM CQL

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

In response to feedback received from hospitals, The Joint Commission, in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Mathematica and ESAC, is offering a webinar to discuss the technical aspects of electronic clinical quality measure clinical quality language implementation. The staff that would find value in this content might include electronic health record report writers, hospital information technology staff engaged in CQL and eCQM implementation, clinical informaticists, and EHR analysts. The webinar is offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23. Registration is required.

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CEO Announcements


St. Alexius Hospital Names Interim CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Dr. Russell Kraeger was appointed interim CEO at St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis, effective June 27. He replaces Michael Motte who served as CEO since June 2011. Motte resigned, effective June 26, for a CEO position in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Kraeger has served as chief medical officer at the hospital for many years and also is the advisory board chair. A search is being conducted for a permanent replacement. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

According to most recent estimates, about 13 percent of Missouri households are food insecure, or without consistent access to nutritious food.

Source: Columbia Missourian