MHA Today | March 4, 2020

March 4, 2020

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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March 4, 2020

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In This Issue
DHSS Revises Medical Marijuana Rule To Provide For Physician Investigations
Amicus Brief Filed In Transparency Lawsuit
U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Affordable Care Act Appeal
CDC Expands PUI Criteria For COVID-19
TJC Accepting Submissions For Pioneers In Quality Proven Practices Program
TJC Announces Upcoming Webinars

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


DHSS Revises Medical Marijuana Rule To Provide For Physician Investigations

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services filed a proposed rule outlining the process for addressing complaints against physicians in relation to medical marijuana certifications. Upon receipt of a complaint, the department will determine if an investigation is warranted. If the department finds a physician violated rules for certifying patients, it may refer the individual to the Board of Healing Arts or law enforcement, and/or suspend his or her certification activities. Physicians aggrieved by the department’s decision may seek a hearing.

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Health Law Insight


Amicus Brief Filed In Transparency Lawsuit

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

MHA joined 36 state hospital associations in filing an amicus brief in support of the American Hospital Association’s challenge to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ recently promulgated transparency rule. The brief supports AHA’s arguments that the rule vastly exceeds the agency’s authority to mandate disclosure of privately negotiated rates and describes the significant burden on hospitals if the rule is implemented as written.

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U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Affordable Care Act Appeal

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review an appeal of the Fifth Circuit’s decision in Texas v. California. The appellate court held the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional and remanded the case to the Texas district court to determine whether its ruling rendered the entire act invalid. Several intervening states led by Democratic governors and the U.S. House of Representatives sought expedited review by the Supreme Court. The court previously declined to fast track the case but now has slated it to be heard during its next term, which begins in October.

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Quality and Population Health


CDC Expands PUI Criteria For COVID-19

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Keri Barclay

Revisions were made today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding criteria for evaluation of Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19. The criteria were expanded to include a wider group of symptomatic patients.

“Clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Decisions on which patients receive testing should be based on the local epidemiology of COVID-19, as well as the clinical course of illness. Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing). Clinicians are strongly encouraged to test for other causes of respiratory illness, including infections such as influenza.”

Factors that may help guide decisions for testing include being in contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient or travel from affected geographic areas, both within 14 days of symptom onset.

Visit MHA’s website for the most current information on COVID-19.

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TJC Accepting Submissions For Pioneers In Quality Proven Practices Program

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission Pioneers in Quality™ Proven Practices Program recognizes hospitals and health systems that have successfully leveraged electronic clinical quality measures and health information technology to advance quality improvement. The deadline to submit an organization’s success story for recognition through the program is Wednesday, April 1. Additional information is available.

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TJC Announces Upcoming Webinars

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Joint Commission announced the following upcoming complimentary webinars.

  • Noon Thursday, March 19 — overview of rehabilitation certification, including requirements, standards, performance measures and application process
  • 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26 — accreditation and certification chart-abstracted measure manual updates effective Wednesday, July 1

Registration is required and available at the respective links.

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Consider This ...

About 2.4 million people in the U.S. are living with hepatitis C, and there were an estimated 44,700 new infections in 2017 alone.

Source: AP/ABC News