MHA Today | February 26, 2020

February 26, 2020

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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February 26, 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
Legislators Pass Restrictions On Liability
Legislators Address Poison Control Funding Concern
Legislative Committee Approves Restrictions On Noncompete Covenants
Hospitals Report Continued Increases In Flu Activity
2020 Visionary Leadership Award — Call for Applications
HRSA Announces Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project
Candio Announces Resignation From St. Luke’s Hospital
Turner Announces Retirement, Memorial Regional Health Services Names Successor


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Legislators Pass Restrictions On Liability

Staff Contact: Ted Wedel

The state Senate has given first-round approval to Senate Bill 591, which limits liability for punitive damages. The changes are in response to court rulings that had made it easier for plaintiffs to recover punitive damages. The bill also limits liability under the Missouri Merchandising Practice Act. These changes are in response to the use of the MMPA to recover damages in medical malpractice cases.

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Legislators Address Poison Control Funding Concern

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

In crafting its version of the state budget for several state departments, a state House subcommittee resolved a concern raised by MHA about the use of additional hospital provider tax to fund the state’s Poison Control Center. The governor’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 called for an additional $500,000 in hospital Federal Reimbursement Allowance funds to support the Poison Control Center operated by SSM Cardinal Glennon Medical Center. MHA pointed out the substantial role the FRA plays in funding the center. Expanding the role would place a disproportionate burden on hospitals with an offsetting benefit to others who also benefit from the Poison Control Center. The subcommittee replaced the FRA with general revenue.

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Legislative Committee Approves Restrictions On Noncompete Covenants

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Bill Anderson

By a vote of 6-4, the state House Downsizing State Government committee approved a new version of House Bill 2326. The measure restricts use of covenants not to compete in employment contracts with health care practitioners. MHA will continue to work against the proposal as it moves through the legislative process.

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Quality and Population Health


Hospitals Report Continued Increases In Flu Activity

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz, Keri Barclay or Carissa VanHunnik

Missouri hospitals continue to participate in weekly EMResource flu queries, allowing for timely analysis and reporting of flu-related trends. Throughout the past three weeks, reports from these queries have shown a continued increase in the number of adult and pediatric flu inpatients in Missouri facilities. They also have shown a slight increase in the number of facilities reporting some level of impact to emergency department patient volumes or flu-related staffing shortages. These trends correspond to similar data illustrated in the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Weekly Influenza Reports.

Considering consistent increases in flu activity and the possibility of future impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak, it is strongly recommended that responding to these queries remain a high priority for hospitals. Query responses provide local, regional and statewide data for planning and response initiatives. Weekly EMResource flu query reports and data summaries can be accessed by authorized users in the EMResource document library. Links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Missouri DHSS influenza reports and resources can be found on the MHA website.

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2020 Visionary Leadership Award — Call for Applications

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

MHA Awards The 2020 MHA Visionary Leadership Award call for applications is open, and nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, May 1. The award recognizes innovative service and program initiatives, led by a hospital or health system CEO, that result in improved clinical and population-based health outcomes. Focus areas include access to quality care within the community, improved clinical outcomes, care coordination between the community and acute care settings of chronic diseases, improved safety outcomes, or partnerships to address population-health issues.

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HRSA Announces Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

The Health Resources and Services Administration announced one award of $800,000 to assist small rural hospitals and rural health clinics in strengthening their foundation in key elements of value-based care, including, but not limited to quality, efficiency, patient experience and safety of care. Eligible applicants include domestic public or private, nonprofit entities. Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations also are eligible to apply.

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CEO Announcements


Candio Announces Resignation From St. Luke’s Hospital

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Christine Candio, president and CEO of St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, has announced she is resigning her position, effective Wednesday, April 1. She is moving back to the East Coast to be closer to her family. Candio has served as president and CEO for five years. A national search will be conducted for Candio’s successor. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Turner Announces Retirement, Memorial Regional Health Services Names Successor

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Mark Turner, president of Memorial Regional Health Services including Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill., and Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, Ill., announced his plans to retire in April. He has served as president since 2004. Michael McManus, chief operating officer of Memorial Hospital since 2012, has been named Turner’s successor, effective Feb. 24. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

The number of women who smoke during pregnancy is declining in Missouri, dropping from 18.4% in 2006 to 13.7% in 2018.

Source: Columbia Missourian