MHA Today | February 17, 2020

February 17, 2020
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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February 17, 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
MHD Announces Funding For Hospitals Connecting To HIEs
MHA, DHSS To Host Joint Call On Coronavirus

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Several developments with the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak are occurring this week. See article below for details.



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state and federal health policy developments


MHD Announces Funding For Hospitals Connecting To HIEs

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade or Rich Kliethermes

The MO HealthNet Division announced the availability of funding to underwrite a portion of the connection costs for certain hospitals to join a health information exchange. Qualifying hospitals are those that have received at least one electronic health record incentive payment and are not actively engaged with an HIE. Qualifying hospitals can choose to connect to any of the state’s four HIEs: the Missouri Health Connection, the Tiger Institute, the Lewis and Clark Information Exchange (LACIE), or the Show-Me Health Information Exchange (SHINE). Subsidy payments will be made directly to the HIE. Interested hospitals will need to provide MHD with a letter of intent to express interest and initiate the funding process. This funding opportunity is available through September 2021. Questions about the program should be directed to the MO HealthNet EHR Incentives team.

MHA is working with MHD to secure the build-out of the Hospital Industry Data Institute’s Admission Discharge Transfer system, and this initiative supplements 90% of the federal matching funds. MHA’s board approved using $1 million of Federal Reimbursement Allowance as the required match for $9 million in federal funds to develop and implement predictive alerting functionality that will enable hospitals, payers and MHD to better coordinate care for chronically ill health home participants, ED superutilizers, and hospital inpatients transitioning to home or community-based health care.

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MHA, DHSS To Host Joint Call On Coronavirus

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Keri Barclay

MHA, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, is hosting their second joint informational call at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, regarding the ongoing global spread of coronavirus disease 2019. This statewide call will provide an update on the COVID-19 outbreak and outline current 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, and we continue to encourage clinicians to obtain current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MHA-DHSS Call-in Information

  • Conference line: 1-800-311-9405
  • Passcode: 62236

Given the anticipated call volume, participants are encouraged to connect early as the presentation delivery will begin promptly at 4 p.m.

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Consider This ...

In 2018, the last full year of official data, opioid-related deaths among white males in St. Louis fell 5%, compared to a 50% increase for black males.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch