MHA Today | April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017
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In This Issue
Legislators To Negotiate Prescription Drug Bill Differences
State House Sends Bills To Senate
HIDI HealthStats — Opioid Mortality Research
CDC Releases Recommendations For Diagnosing And Managing Shigella Strains
CDC Launches Opioid Webinar Series

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Legislators To Negotiate Prescription Drug Bill Differences

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The state House of Representatives has refused to accept the Senate’s changes to House Bill 90, which would authorize the creation of a state prescription drug monitoring program. A legislative conference committee will attempt to negotiate a resolution to the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The product of those negotiations then must be ratified by each chamber.

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State House Sends Bills To Senate

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

Yesterday, the state House of Representatives gave its final approval to several health-related bills. They now move to the Senate.

  • House Bill 330 revises licensure standards for assistant physicians. It specifies that applicants who could have applied and met the criteria for assistant physician licensure in the three years following the effective date of the law will continue to be eligible to do so. The authorizing legislation was enacted in 2014, but the process of creating state regulations for the licensure process took 2 1/2 years, rendering some potential applicants ineligible.
  • House Bill 334 concerns 911 emergency communication systems.
  • House Bill 121 adds psychiatrists to the list of practitioners eligible to participate in the Health Professional Student Loan program.
  • House Bill 227 creates a system of reciprocal interstate regulation of the practice of psychology, including telepsychology.


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HIDI HealthStats — Opioid Mortality Research

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead HIDI HealthStats Opioids

The May edition of HIDI HealthStats explores drug-related deaths among middle-aged, white Missourians. Geographically, since 2000, the highest rates of drug-induced overdose deaths in Missouri have occurred in St. Louis City, Greene County and the region stretching from Jefferson County through the lead-belt and into Pemiscot and Dunklin counties in the Bootheel (Figure 3). The map was created by pooling data from 2000 to 2015 because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s data suppression rules; however, other studies suggest significant recent problems with opioid abuse in the state’s most populous region — St. Louis County. Additionally, CDC data indicate the three most populous counties in the state with data available in 1999 and 2015 — St. Louis, Jackson and St. Louis City — had significant increases in the drug overdose death rate at 193, 168 and 171 percent, respectively. Read more.

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CDC Releases Recommendations For Diagnosing And Managing Shigella Strains

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released recommendations for diagnosing and managing Shigella strains with possible reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin. The health advisory outlines new recommendations for clinical diagnosis, managing and reporting, as well as recommendations for laboratories and public health officials. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services also released a supplemental advisory on the topic. Shigellosis is a nationally notifiable condition, and all cases of shigellosis should be reported to local health departments. Contact DHSS’ Bureau of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at 573/751-6113 for more information.

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CDC Launches Opioid Webinar Series

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a new online training series based on the 2016 opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The free web-based training helps providers understand and apply the guidelines for adult patients with chronic pain. The first module presents an overview of the guidelines.

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Consider This ...

Rates of new diagnosed cases of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are on the rise in young children and teens. Between 2002 and 2012, the rate of new diagnosed cases of Type 1 diabetes in youth increased by about 1.8 percent each year, while Type 2 diabetes increased even more quickly at 4.8 percent.

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine