With two members of the Montana congressional delegation in key leadership positions, and the third on several key committees, Montana has a powerful voice in the development of federal health care legislation.
MHA combines in-person lobbying in Washington with grassroots contacts by members to advance its federal public policy objectives.
We also work in concert with the American Hospital Association, LeadingAge (formerly AAHSA), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice in conducting our state and federal representation and advocacy.
MHA’s federal agenda includes a wide variety of issues affecting Medicare, Medicaid, health information technology, workforce development and Indian Health Services. In 2012, MHA is focused on several key issues, including:
Preservation of provider fees as a mechanism for helping to adequately finance the Medicaid program.
Preservation of critical access hospital status and reimbursement rates.
Minimizing the impact of budget deficit reductions on health care providers and identifying alternatives to provider payment cuts to achieve budget savings.
Preventing Medicare physician payment cut for CY 2012 and ensuring that the cost of this fix is not borne by other health care providers.
Advocating the interests of MHA members as federal health care reform legislation is implemented.
Support for public policies that spur development of efficient and cost-effective financing and delivery systems.
Development of clinical and HIT that sustains and improves quality of care and patient safety.
Public policies that strengthen physician-hospital relationships, alignment and clinical integration and access to physician services.
Additional issues are likely to arise throughout the year.
Physician Supervision in Outpatient Hospital Treatment Settings
Jul 12, 2012
Medicare requires physician supervision for most outpatient hospital services. MHA is seeking relief from direct supervision requirements. There is a panel of rural providers recommending supervision levels for select services.
The Affordable Care Act requires
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(link is below) describes what is required of ...
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