MHA Today | May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

 

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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May 4, 2020

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In This Issue
Senate Committee Advances New Version Of State Budget
CMS Issues New Round Of Changes To Support COVID-19 Response
CMS Announces Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception
SAMHSA Updates TIP 63, Medications For Opioid Use Disorder
This Week Is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week
MU Extension Releases Rural-Focused Toolkit For Mental Health Awareness Month
John J. Pershing VA Medical Center Names Interim Director


What You Need To Know This Week

  • Wednesday is the first day of National Nurses Week, May 6-12. MHA will share information tomorrow on how you can participate. Celebrate with us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • The Missouri General Assembly is back in session for its final two weeks – they must complete work on the state budget by Friday, May 8.


COVID-19 Updates


COVID-19

For the latest updates and most current information on coronavirus disease 2019, visit MHA's website.





Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Senate Committee Advances New Version Of State Budget

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

The state Senate Appropriations Committee went through a line-by-line review and revision of the state budget legislation and approved a new version of those bills. Its work will be debated by the full Senate on Monday. The committee concurred with the House decision to block a proposed Medicaid outpatient fee schedule that would have reduced payments to Missouri hospitals by as much as $100 million. Driven by sharp reductions in revenue, the budget includes approximately $700 million in cuts. The Senate committee authorized an additional $265 million in Medicaid DSH payments to reflect post-litigation DSH audits. It also concurred with the House’s $35 million for grants to rural hospitals using federal stimulus funds.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Issues New Round Of Changes To Support COVID-19 Response

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Andrew Wheeler

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a press release and background information regarding “another round of sweeping regulatory waivers and rule changes to deliver expanded care to the nation’s seniors and provide flexibility to the health care system as America reopens.” The various changes fall under the categories of increasing hospital capacity, augmenting the health care workforce, reducing administrative burden and expanding Medicare telehealth services. MHA has published an issue brief with additional information.

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CMS Announces Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires that all eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals use 2015 Edition certified electronic health record technology to meet the requirements of the Promoting Interoperability programs. Eligible hospitals and CAHs may be exempt from Medicare penalties if they can show that compliance would result in a significant hardship. To be considered for an exemption, eligible hospitals and CAHs must complete a hardship exception application and provide proof of hardship. The deadline for submission of the application is Sept. 1 for hospitals and Nov. 30 for CAHs.

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Quality and Population Health


SAMHSA Updates TIP 63, Medications For Opioid Use Disorder

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings

The updated treatment improvement protocol by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorder: methadone, naltrexone and buprenorphine – and the other strategies and services needed to support long-term recovery for community members who suffer with OUD.

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This Week Is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week

Staff Contact: Alison Williams or Kelsey Hussey

May 4-8 is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, with World Maternal Mental Health Day on May 6. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever mothers find themselves with competing full-time roles as childcare providers, educators and employees. According to the National Perinatal Association, maternal mental health disorders include anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorders, psychosis and postpartum depression. In Missouri, 13.9% of postpartum women reported experiencing depressive symptoms in 2019.

The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health notes the following.

  • Approximately 1 in 4 women develop depression during their lifetime. Depression is the leading cause of disease burden among women.
  • Many women do not seek treatment due to cost, lack of awareness, not believing that treatment is necessary, lack of time, not knowing where to go for services and the stigma surrounding mental illness.

MHA will offer resources throughout this week to bring awareness to this vital issue.

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Spotlight


MU Extension Releases Rural-Focused Toolkit For Mental Health Awareness Month

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

The February 2020 “Growing Stress on the Farm, The Expanding Economic and Mental Health Disparities in Rural Missouri” report identifies that rural Missouri’s mental health crisis is more challenging than in urban areas. In an effort to help rural Missourians access mental health resources, the University of Missouri Extension and partners recently released a Together We Can toolkit for Mental Health Awareness Month in May. This toolkit offers practical resources to help strengthen farmer resilience with coping mechanisms to maintain balance and protect their mental health, and supports national efforts to raise awareness about mental health.

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CEO Announcements


John J. Pershing VA Medical Center Names Interim Director

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Paul Hopkins has been named interim director at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, effective April 27. Hopkins was assistant director at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia and is scheduled to serve as interim director at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center for 120 days or until a permanent director is named. He replaces Desmond McMullan, who had served as interim director since September 2019. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

School-aged kids who are taught about emotions for 20-30 minutes per week see improvements in their social behavior and school performance.

Source: Mental Health America