MHA Today | January 29, 2020

January 29, 2020

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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January 29, 2020

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In This Issue
Legislative Committee Reviews Medicaid Enrollment Drop
State Legislators Advance PDMP Legislation
GAO Releases Report On 340B Program
MHA, DHSS To Host Joint Call On Coronavirus
TJC Offers Complimentary Certification Webinars
HIDI Releases Third Quarter 2019 VBP Payments Model
Nursing Workforce Report Shows Missouri’s R.N.s Are Nearing Retirement Age
HRSA Announces Funding For Opioid-Impacted Family Support


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Legislative Committee Reviews Medicaid Enrollment Drop

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade or Daniel Landon

A state legislative committee held a hearing to further explore the reasons for a significant drop in Medicaid enrollment, particularly among children. State officials focused on the effect of a new electronic eligibility determination system restarting the process of annual eligibility redeterminations. Those annual redeterminations had lapsed during previous administrations, they said.

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State Legislators Advance PDMP Legislation

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees or Bill Anderson

A state House of Representatives committee approved legislation to authorize Missouri state government to operate a prescription drug monitoring program. The committee vote was 16-1.

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GAO Releases Report On 340B Program

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Government Accounting Office released a report on the 340B Drug Pricing Program and the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. The GAO reviewed the programs to identify and prevent future duplicate discounts. Duplicate discounting occurs when drugs provided to Medicaid beneficiaries are subject to both 340B discounted prices and Medicaid rebates. The GAO found that that audits by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as the Health Resources and Services Administration, were not sufficient and both lacked reviews of states’ policies and procedures for the use and identification of 340B drugs. The GAO is recommending both CMS and HRSA strengthen their oversight efforts.

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Quality and Population Health


MHA, DHSS To Host Joint Call On Coronavirus

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Keri Barclay

In response to the global spread of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, MHA, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, will host a joint informational call at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

This statewide call will provide an update on the 2019-nCoV outbreak and outline guidance for Missouri hospitals, health systems and other front-line providers, including local public health agencies, emergency medical service providers and Federally Qualified Health Centers. There will be opportunities for participant questions, and a recording of the call will be made available. This call will not focus on clinical information; however, we encourage clinicians to participate in an upcoming Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COCA Call.

Call-in Information

  • 1-800-311-9405
  • Passcode: 16133
To stay up-to-date on 2019-nCoV, please view the MHA and DHSS websites.

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TJC Offers Complimentary Certification Webinars

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission announced a complimentary webinar regarding understanding the clinical practice guidelines and performance measures for certification. The webinar is offered at noon Tuesday, Feb. 11. Registration is required.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Releases Third Quarter 2019 VBP Payments Model

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The Value-Based Purchasing Payments Model is a companion utility to the VBP Analysis that was produced for hospitals on Jan. 13. The VBP Payments Model is an interactive tool that provides hospitals with the ability to manipulate their hospital-specific quality scores to evaluate the associated change to estimated VBP payments. The VBP Payments Model is provided to subscribers of the 2020 Premier Reporting Package. The modeling utility is located on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the following location.

  • Folder: “Finance and Policy/Premier Reports” or “Quality/Premier Reports”
  • File name: “MOxxxx_VBP FFY2021 Payments Model_2019_Q3_(2020.01.27).xlsx”

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the HIDI Premier Report Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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Workforce News


Nursing Workforce Report Shows Missouri’s R.N.s Are Nearing Retirement Age

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

The Missouri State Board of Nursing, in partnership with the University of Missouri Center for Health Policy, released its second 2019 Nursing Workforce Report. For the first time in Missouri, workforce data is available on more than 94% of licensed nurses.

While the shortage of licensed nurses is a well-established problem globally, the nursing workforce data shows that in Missouri, shortages exist in certain areas of the state. The rural counties are most affected, with most of the state’s nurses working in the metropolitan counties. Potentially concerning for the future of Missouri’s R.N. workforce, more than one-third (33.9%, or 31,731) are age 55 and older, and may be retired or thinking about retiring in the near future.

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HRSA Announces Funding For Opioid-Impacted Family Support

Staff Contact: Jill Williams or Shawn Billings

The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2020 Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program. The application cycle closes on Monday, April 13.

The purpose of this program is to support training programs to expand the number of peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals who are trained to work in integrated, interprofessional teams providing services to children whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders, and their family members who are in guardianship roles.

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Consider This ...

A new study found that from 2008 to 2016, preventive checkup visits for children in the U.S. with private health insurance increased 11.3% and sick visit rates declined 22%.

Source: The Washington Post