Minnesota Hospital Association


April 30, 2018

MHA Newsline: April 30, 2018

In this issue 

Gov. Dayton announces new guidelines, grants to combat opioid abuse

Joined by health care providers and state health experts including MHA, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Gov. Mark Dayton on April 26 announced new final guidelines to help cut the risk of opioid addiction and $700,000 in new opioid prevention grants to combat opioid abuse before it begins.   

Dayton also called on the Legislature to support the bipartisan Opioid Stewardship Program, which would fund opioid abuse prevention and treatment strategies across Minnesota through a “penny-a-pill” fee on pharmaceutical companies who sell opioids in Minnesota.   

“These guidelines put in place consistent, statewide recommendations for all health care providers who prescribe opioids,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, chief medical officer, MHA. “Minnesota hospitals and health systems are working hard to decrease both the amount of opioids prescribed and the variation in prescribing among health care providers. We are committed to working with DHS and MDH to implement these guidelines across our state’s 144 hospitals and health systems in service of our patients, families and communities.”   

To learn more, view the press releasereturn to top   

MHA engaging 2018 candidates

The MHA Board of Directors engaged former Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a robust health care discussion at its meeting April 20. Pawlenty’s remarks focused on health care, saying that Minnesota needs to move forward with reform efforts and innovation rather than relying on provider cuts and cuts to Medicaid eligibility as a way to bend the cost curve. MHA will continue to engage our membership with the candidates between now and election day, Nov. 6, 2018. return to top   

Legislative update

Supplemental budget legislation update
The omnibus supplemental budget bill (SF 3656) passed the Senate floor last Thursday. There were no changes to the funding for the health and human services portion of the bill. This legislation includes both the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee legislation (SF 2505) and the Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee legislation (SF 3937). The House of Representatives is expected to take up the House version of the bill (HF 3138) on Tuesday.   

Opioid legislation update
Last week, Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake) proposed an amendment to the opioid provisions included in her health and human services budget bill to include mandatory use of the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). The amendment also included a new $50 fee for prescribers who wish to access an enhanced vendor-supported prescription monitoring program through their electronic health record. The committee further amended this portion of the bill to expand the exceptions to the required use of the PMP. Prescribers would not be required to check the PMP if a patient is receiving hospice care, cancer treatment, a prescription for five days or less with no refill, a prescription within 14 days of surgery or three days following oral surgery, inpatient hospital services, injections and other exemptions.   

The House version of the bill does not include the mandated use of the PMP.    

The Senate plans to take up the stand-alone opioid stewardship legislation (SF 730) on Tuesday.   

With questions, contact Mary Krinkie, vice president of government relations, MHA, 651-659-1465, or Kristin Loncorich, director of state government relations, MHA, 651-603-3526.   

Session bill tracker
For a complete list of 2018 legislative bills MHA is tracking, visit the MHA Member Center. For assistance accessing the Member Center, contact Ashley Beno, member services and communications specialist, MHA, 651-603-3545. return to top   

New medication reconciliation road map available

MHA publishes and regularly updates road maps to provide hospitals and health systems with evidence-based recommendations and standards for the development of topic-specific prevention and quality improvement programs.   

MHA convened a medication reconciliation subcommittee to develop a road map to improve the accuracy of inpatient, discharge and transfer medication lists. The road map is now available on the MHA website and on the member-exclusive data portal.   

Medication reconciliation is the process of creating an accurate list of all medications a patient is taking and comparing it with a physician’s admission, transfer or discharge orders, with the goal of providing correct medications to the patient at all transition points within the hospital.   

MHA encourages hospitals and health systems to review the road map, take a baseline assessment and use the road map as a guide to develop or improve medication reconciliation practices.   

The medication reconciliation road map was developed by a team representing patients, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, nurses, physicians, quality and compliance specialists. The project was funded by the Cardinal Health Foundation. With questions, contact Joy Benn, quality and process improvement specialist, MHA, 651-659-1441. return to top   

Comments on draft Level IV trauma guidelines due May 18

Guidelines for hospitals designated in Minnesota’s state trauma system as Level IV trauma hospitals have been in development for over a year. Comments for the draft guidelines are due by May 18 and can be submitted through the above link.   

A work group comprised of Level IV hospital CEOs and trauma nurse supervisors has been involved with the development of the guidelines. In addition, the State Trauma Advisory Council has discussed and assigned a subcommittee to work through the trauma service level criteria. A summary of the noteworthy changes to the Level IV guidelines is also available here.   

For more information, contact Joe Schindler, vice president of finance, MHA, 651-659-1415. return to top   

Nexus Award nominations due May 18

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Nexus Award, which celebrates exemplary interprofessional practice in the U.S. and those who are thinking and acting differently where education and practice connect in health and health care.   

The award recognizes an educational institution, health system, clinic and/or community organization for extraordinary contributions to the Nexus – linking health professions education and interprofessional practice to transform care delivery, improve health outcomes and decrease costs.   

Teamwork across professions and interprofessional practice are key ingredients for success on the journey to create value for Minnesota’s patients, families and communities. The professional teamwork demonstrated daily in Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems can inspire future generations of clinicians and health care staff. Learn more about the award and apply onlinereturn to top   

MHA to host speaker showcase May 23

MHA has partnered with local speakers bureau Nationally Speaking to host its inaugural speaker showcase May 23 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. The showcase will feature 10 speakers representing a wide range of content levels and topics, including leadership, teamwork, managing change, patient service, health care humor and more. The lineup of speakers includes: Fox 9 meteorologist Ian Leonard, a cancer survivor; Dan Meers, mascot for the Kansas City Chiefs with an inspirational health story; and Holly Hoffman, a finalist on the CBS television show “Survivor.”   

Registration for this event is free. Participants will leave with a list of speakers who will be a great fit for your hospital teams and communities when planning your next event. View the brochure, which includes the full speaker list.   

For more information, visit the MHA website, login, click “Calendar of Events” and select the program title to register. return to top   

PAC golf tournament scheduled for July 30

Registration is now open for the Minnesota Hospital Political Action Committee (PAC) golf tournament. The tournament will be held on July 30 at Territory Golf Club in St. Cloud. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 12:30 p.m., with a dinner buffet and awards to follow at 5 p.m.   

Access the registration form online. Please contact Andrea Wombacher, division assistant, MHA, 651-603-3539, for more information and to register. return to top