MHA Today | January 3, 2020

January 3, 2020
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January 3, 2020

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.


Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEOIn the 1990s, various futurists opined on what 2020 might look like. Some were pretty spot on. For example, it was predicted that “invisible computers” would track our movement and become our digital companions. Hey Alexa, are you listening? Others were way off. We don’t have antigravity cars or belts, vote through our computers from our homes, or work a 26-hour week.

Let me make a couple of less risky predictions for 2020.

The Missouri General Assembly will convene next week. As an election year, 2020 will be a politically charged year for legislation. In mid-December, MHA released its 2020 Legislative Guide. The guide outlines the policy and budgetary issues we’ll be advocating for during the session and throughout the year.

Medicaid policy looms large in 2020. From protecting the Federal Reimbursement Allowance, to expanding the Medicaid program — as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act — through the ballot, we’ll need ongoing advocacy.

2020 Legislative Guide Beginning next week, I’ll be offering my thoughts on the central issues included in the state’s Medicaid payment reform efforts. The state is proposing a movement to value-based care. As significant stakeholders in the debate, I will help frame where the program is, where I believe the state is going and how we will engage the state to improve the program for all parties — taxpayers, providers and enrollees.

As we look to the future — the balance of 2020 and beyond — it’s clear that transformative change is coming. Hospitals must be part of that transformation.

In 30 years, I want the prognosticators to say that our prediction that we could begin the journey to a stronger, more value-focused program in 2020 was spot on.

Let me know what you think.

Herb Kuhn, MHA President & CEO

Herb B. Kuhn
MHA President and CEO

In This Issue
MHA Submits Comments On Proposed Stark And Anti-Kickback Rules
CMS Releases IPFQR Program Manual Version 5.1
Mid-America Transplant Hosts Ethics Workshop
North Kansas City Hospital Names New President And CEO
KHA President And CEO Announces Retirement

state and federal health policy developments

MHA Submits Comments On Proposed Stark And Anti-Kickback Rules

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

MHA submitted comment letters in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed revisions to the Stark and Anti-Kickback rules. The revisions provide new safe harbors to promote collaboration among providers as the health care system moves to value-based payments. MHA largely supported the proposed Stark rule, but urged the Office of Inspector General to broaden its proposed safe harbors to better align with the changes to Stark.

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Quality and Population Health

CMS Releases IPFQR Program Manual Version 5.1

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program manual version 5.1. Effective Jan. 1, the manual provides a comprehensive overview of the IPFQR program and measure specifications for data to be reported to CMS in calendar year 2021. The manual and associated release notes are located on the IPFQR Program Resources and Tools page of the Quality Reporting Center.

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Mid-America Transplant Hosts Ethics Workshop

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

In partnership with Saint Louis University and the Washington University School of Medicine, Mid-America Transplant is hosting a half-day ethics workshop on organ donation after circulatory determination of death. The event takes place 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Registration is complimentary but required. Credit hours are available, and space is limited.

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CEO Announcements

North Kansas City Hospital Names New President And CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

North Kansas City Hospital named Dr. Stephen L. Reintjes Sr. as president and CEO, effective Monday, April 6. He will succeed Peggy Schmitt who is retiring after having served as president since July 2012. Dr. Reintjes is a nationally recognized neurosurgeon and executive leader, and has served on the North Kansas City Hospital medical staff for 30 years. Schmitt will remain at the hospital until Reintjes transitions into his new role. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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KHA President And CEO Announces Retirement

Staff Contact: Bryant McNally

The Kansas Hospital Association announced that Tom Bell, president and CEO of KHA, will retire in September 2020. Beginning his career at KHA in 1986, Bell has served as vice president and legal counsel, senior vice president/legal counsel, and executive vice president. He became president and CEO in January 2005. Bell has led KHA through several milestones, including the 100th anniversary of the association in 2010, founding the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative with the Kansas Medical Society, developing new models of health care delivery, and increasing efforts that support rural health care. An announcement regarding Bell’s successor will occur in early 2020.

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Did You Miss An Issue Of MHA Today?

December 30, 2019
CMS Extends Deadline For Medicaid Rule Comments
HIDI Releases Third Quarter CY 2019 Update To Discharge Data-Based Quality Indicators
Missouri Works To Improve Maternal-Child Health Through AIM Collaborative
Missouri Flu Queries Continue As Influenza Activity Increases Nationwide
CMS Announces Measure Collaboration Workspace

Consider This ...

January is National Blood Donor Month. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood; however, less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets.

Source: American Red Cross