MHA Today | February 19, 2020

February 19, 2020

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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February 19, 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
State House Advances PDMP Legislation
Committee Advances Higher Standard For Health Constitutional Amendments
MHA Releases Analysis Of Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary
St. Alexius Hospital Names New CEO


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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


State House Advances PDMP Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

By a vote of 98-56, the state House of Representatives gave its final approval to House Bill 1693, which would authorize the creation of a state prescription drug monitoring program. The bill now advances to the Senate.

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Committee Advances Higher Standard For Health Constitutional Amendments

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A state House committee approved a new version of House Joint Resolution 92. It would amend the state constitution about rights to choose health care services and determine how purchasers will compensate providers of health care services. It also would require a two-thirds majority to pass future constitutional changes concerning health care coverage or systems. If enacted by the General Assembly, the legislation would go before the state’s voters for ratification.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


MHA Releases Analysis Of Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

MHA prepared a report illustrating the average Medicare spending per beneficiary by hospital, with comparisons to average spending for Missouri and the nation. The information includes details about the spending as much as three days before admission, during the admission and as much as 30 days post-discharge. The report is based on information released on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website and uses data from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018. Policy and analytic studies, prepared for distribution by the Hospital Industry Data Institute, are available for download to authorized users of HIDI Analytic Advantage®.

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CEO Announcements


St. Alexius Hospital Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Sonny Saggar, M.D., was named CEO of St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis, effective Feb. 18. Dr. Saggar previously served as the emergency department director. He replaces Russell Kraeger, M.D., who had served as interim CEO since June 2019 when Michael Motte resigned. Dr. Kraeger returns to his role of chief medical officer. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

The number of kids under age 6 without health insurance has climbed above 1 million for the first time since most of the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2014.

Source: Stateline