MHA Today | November 25, 2019

November 25, 2019
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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November 25, 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 Provides Additional Guidance On Medical Marijuana
AGO Releases SAFE Kits Inventory Report
SOR Announces MAT Waiver Trainings
HRSA Announces Nurse Faculty Loan Program

What You Need To Know This Week

  • A reminder — the requirement to use Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers on MO HealthNet crossover claims is effective Jan. 1.
  • The MHA offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

DHSS Provides Additional Guidance On Medical Marijuana

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services provided a follow-up letter to clarify its previously issued guidance on the possession and use of medical marijuana by patients in health care facilities.

Previously, the department advised that allowing patients to self-administer medical marijuana on hospital premises would violate the federal Conditions of Participation, suggesting that facilities could be cited for the presence of marijuana. In its most recent letter, DHSS clarified that while possession and consumption of marijuana is against federal law, its surveyors would not search for the substance. Hospitals are free to adopt policies for administration of medical cannabis by patients and approved caregivers — these policies may be reviewed by surveyors to ensure they are being followed. The department reserved the right to investigate marijuana-related complaints. MHA will be evaluating and revising its previously issued guidance materials to accommodate the department’s stated position.

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AGO Releases SAFE Kits Inventory Report

Staff Contact: Amy Schwartz or Sarah Willson

The Missouri Attorney General Office released a report detailing Missouri’s progress under the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant. The report details AGO’s findings regarding the inventory of sexual assault forensic evidence kits in the state.

The SAKI grant process in Missouri began with the creation of a multidisciplinary working group and completion of a statewide inventory of SAFE kits. The inventory found 6,987 in-scope SAFE kits, with 4,438 untested reported kits inventoried across the state. The next steps for the SAKI grant include the following.

  • testing inventoried SAFE kits
  • uploading eligible DNA results in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
  • uploading case information to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program database
  • assisting investigations and prosecutions of CODIS hits
  • developing a statewide evidence tracking system
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Quality and Population Health

SOR Announces MAT Waiver Trainings

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

The State Opioid Response is partnering with the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare to provide medication-assisted treatment waiver training. The eight-hour courses will include four hours of live training and four hours of individual online coursework.

Along with an eight-hour online only training course, the following dates are available in 2020 for the half and half course. Registration is available at the respective links.

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Workforce News

HRSA Announces Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2020 Nurse Faculty Loan Program. The application cycle closes Feb. 3, 2020.

The program provides funding to accredited schools of nursing to offer loans to students enrolled in advanced education nursing degree programs who are committed to becoming nurse faculty. In exchange for full-time post-graduation employment as nurse faculty, the program authorizes cancelation of up to 85% of any such loan (plus interest thereon).

Eligible applicants are accredited schools of nursing, including advanced education nursing programs.

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Consider This ...

The prescription opioid-related mortality rates of black and white Americans were relatively similar two decades ago, but researchers found that by 2010, the rate was two times higher for whites than for African-Americans.

Source: The New York Times