MHA Today | January 15, 2020

January 15, 2020

 

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January 15, 2020

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

In This Issue
Parson Delivers State Of The State Address
Legislators Review Restrictions On Punitive Damages Liability
Medicaid Caseload Falls In December 2019
Transparency In Coverage Proposed Rule Comments Due Jan. 29
Missouri Foundation For Health Announces New Board Of Directors
Pinnacle Regional Hospital Announces Closure


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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Parson Delivers State Of The State Address

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

Gov. Parson delivered the annual State of the State address to the Missouri General Assembly this afternoon, which outlines the governor’s legislative and budgetary priorities. The governor’s proposed state budget for the next fiscal year is released in conjunction with the speech. Parson’s remarks touched on such topics as education, infrastructure, violence and workforce. MHA will convene two membership conference calls to review the proposals and their potential implications for hospitals.

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Legislators Review Restrictions On Punitive Damages Liability

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees or Bill Anderson

A state Senate committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 591, which limits liability for punitive damages. Specific changes limit liability related to health care services. Dana Frese, senior vice president of claims and general counsel at Healthcare Services Group, was among the witnesses presenting testimony on behalf of the bill.

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Medicaid Caseload Falls In December 2019

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

Missouri’s Medicaid caseload fell by 5,400 – including 4,250 children – in December 2019. Of the 846,000 enrolled in the program at the end of December, 520,000 are children. The state’s Medicaid caseload had appeared to stabilize in August 2019 after 24 months of steady decline, which widely has been attributed to the Missouri Department of Social Services’ return to automated annual eligibility redeterminations for parents and children enrolled in the program. There are 114,750 fewer children covered by MO HealthNet today than April 2017 when the caseload peaked.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Transparency In Coverage Proposed Rule Comments Due Jan. 29

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The comment period about the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed transparency in coverage regulation has been extended through Wednesday, Jan. 29. The Federal Register transparency in coverage web page and the proposed regulation text continues to post a due date of Jan. 14; however, hospitals may submit formal comments through Jan. 29. MHA has submitted comments regarding the regulation.

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Noteworthy


Missouri Foundation For Health Announces New Board Of Directors

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

Brian Kinkade The Missouri Foundation for Health announced that Brian Kinkade, MHA’s vice president of children’s health and Medicaid advocacy, will serve on its Board of Directors beginning Jan. 1. Kinkade joined MHA in 2017 after retiring from the Missouri Department of Social Services where he served as director. In his current role, Kinkade advocates for Missouri hospitals on matters of Medicaid, regulation and policy, both at the state and federal levels. He also is MHA’s primary liaison to the state’s freestanding children’s hospitals.

Also new to the MFH Board of Directors is C.J. Davis, president and CEO of Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield, Mo. Both Kinkade and Davis will serve terms of three years.

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Pinnacle Regional Hospital Announces Closure

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Pinnacle Regional Hospital in Boonville is closing its doors at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 15. CEO Joseph Conigliaro said a survey by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services was conducted at the hospital last month, and that’s when surveyors discovered a problem with the hospital’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, so surgical services were suspended Jan. 8. The emergency department will operate for the next two weeks to provide assistance with any “walk-in patients.”

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