Minnesota Hospital Association


December 05, 2016

MHA Newsline: Dec. 5, 2016

In this issue 

House approves 21st Century Cures Act

The U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 30 approved the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) by a vote of 392-26. The Senate will consider the legislation early this week. The 21st Century Cures Act includes several hospital-related provisions.   

The bill would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing the “direct supervision” regulations in calendar year 2016 for outpatient therapeutic services provided in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and certain small, rural hospitals. It would also provide relief from site-neutral Medicare payments for hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) considered to be “under development” at the time of enactment of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act by moving the grandfather date for these HOPDs from Nov. 2, 2015, to 60 days after enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act. Cancer hospitals were also exempted from the site-neutral payment policies.   

Additionally, H.R. 34 would put in place adjustments to account for socioeconomic status under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, extend the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program for five years and provide one full year of relief from the long-term care hospital 25 percent rule. 

The legislation also includes provisions from the House Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act, aimed at improving mental health care and modifications to electronic health record (EHR) requirements. H.R. 34 would provide $1 billion over two years to help states address the opioid abuse crisis; $4.8 billion over 10 years to NIH, including funding for the Precision Medicine Initiative and cancer “moonshot”; and $500 million over 10 years to the Food and Drug Administration to implement provisions aimed at moving drugs and medical devices to patients more quickly.   

Read a more detailed summary of key provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.   

With questions, contact Briana Nord Parish, policy analyst, MHA, 651-603-3498. return to top   

President-elect Trump announces nominees to lead HHS and CMS

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Georgia Congressman Tom Price (R) to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Price, a retired orthopedic surgeon, is current chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. He has opposed the Affordable Care Act and supports privatizing Medicare.   

Seema Verma, a health care consultant, has been nominated to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Verma oversaw the implementation of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion, which requires monthly contributions to health savings accounts. Additionally, she has advised several Republican governors, including the governors of Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, about adding elements such as health savings accounts and employment requirements to their Medicaid programs.   

With questions, contact Briana Nord Parish, policy analyst, MHA, 651-603-3498. return to top   

Board of Medical Practice changes license issuance practices for regulated professions

The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice has discontinued the temporary permit/license/registration option for the following professions effective Dec. 15: 

  • Acupuncture (temporary permit) 
  • Athletic trainer (temporary permit) 
  • Naturopathic doctor (temporary registration) 
  • Physician (temporary permit) 
  • Physician assistant (temporary license) 
  • Respiratory therapist (temporary permit) 
  • Traditional midwife (temporary permit) 

The board has authorized issuance of a full license or registration for a regulated professional upon verification that the applicant satisfactorily demonstrates that all minimum requirements have been met. Because a full license or registration no longer requires ratification at a meeting of the board, issuance of a temporary credential is unnecessary.    

Fee payment for a temporary permit/license/registration submitted on or after Dec. 15 will be returned.  

With questions, contact the board at 612-617-2130 or [email protected]return to top   

2016 PAC contribution deadline is Dec. 9

MHA members are asked to make their final 2016 MN Hospital PAC contributions by Friday, Dec. 9, to be counted toward 2016 goals. Please make every effort to meet your 2016 hospital goal.     

Members are encouraged to involve key management staff and trustees in their fundraising efforts and let them know that any amount they contribute counts in our advocacy efforts. Every donor’s name will be listed in the PAC annual report.     

All contributions are voluntary. If you have questions about your hospital PAC goal, please contact Kristin Loncorich, director of state government relations, MHA, 651-603-3526. return to top   

Register for Dec. 15 patient and family engagement webinar

MHA convenes a statewide virtual Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) webinar on the third Thursday of each month. The next webinar will take place on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon on the topic of resilience, wellness and self-care.   

During the webinar, Dr. Corey Martin from Buffalo Hospital will discuss and share resiliency tools from the Bounce Back project, a community effort created to improve health through happiness. 

Online registration is required to join the webinar.   

MHA’s virtual PFAC is an inclusive online community for anyone who is involved in a local PFAC in Minnesota. It is open to patient partners, patient and family engagement leaders and anyone passionate about including patients as partners in their care.   

To learn more or submit proposed content for the webinar discussion, contact Joy Benn, quality and patient safety specialist, MHA, 651-659-1441. return to top   

Limited number of rooms still available at MHA Winter Trustee Conference site

Cut-off date for accommodations is Dec. 15  
The MHA Winter Trustee Conference will be held Jan. 6-8, 2017 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park.  For more information or to register, download the conference brochure.  

While registration for the conference is still available, the Marriott Minneapolis Northwest has only a limited number of rooms left. If you plan to attend the conference and need accommodations, you can make reservations online.   

If you have questions about accommodations or need assistance with your online reservation, you can call the Marriott directly at 763-536-8300. return to top