Legislators Block Wage Increase For Personal Care Workers
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
The General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Nixon’s veto of Senate Concurrent Resolution 46. The resolution blocks a proposed state regulation mandating wage increases for personal care attendants. In May 2015, a legislative committee concluded that the proposed regulation violated state law and recommended that the General Assembly block it in the 2016 legislative session. The General Assembly did so, triggering the expected gubernatorial veto. MHA previously expressed opposition to the regulation.
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State Releases April 2016 General Revenue Report
Staff Contact: Steve Renne
State general revenue collections in April 2016 decreased 4.6 percent compared to April 2015. Fiscal year 2016 general revenue collections increased by 2.7 percent compared to last year.
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Trajectories — Hospital Preparedness
Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz
The May issue of Trajectories highlights the importance of hospital preparedness. It is a high-stakes endeavor, and communities look to their
hospitals as a beacon of safety, security and support when emergencies arise.
Yet, hospitals must prepare to remain operational throughout these same
Five years ago this month, an EF-5 tornado devastated parts of Joplin, Mo., critically
damaging Mercy Hospital and challenging the capacity of the local health
care infrastructure. Throughout the five years since the tornado, the Joplin community
rebuilt and reinvested — including significant investment in a new hospital.
From the destruction, the lessons of the Joplin tornado have helped shape the
hospital community’s planning, training and resource allocation strategies.
For more than a decade, hospitals — and the Missouri Hospital Association
through a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services —
have worked to build preparedness through various investments in equipment,
training and collaboration. These investments and activities have been framed
around an “all-hazards” approach that is flexible enough to coordinate response
and recovery in the event of a natural or man-made emergency.
The list of challenges for all-hazards readiness continues to expand. Emerging
threats are diverse. Novel and known infectious diseases, and domestic and
international cyber criminals present distinct challenges for readiness, response
Further, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is finalizing new preparedness-related Conditions of Participation that could, by the end of 2016,
require hospitals and 16 other providers and suppliers to make significant investments
in preparedness. This will increase hospitals’ preparedness requirements
and could lead to increased integration of preparedness functions into hospital
This edition of Trajectories investigates changes to federal payments for
preparedness, the status of preparedness in Missouri, including hospital and
community resiliency, emerging threats and advice for hospitals about how to
integrate preparedness into hospital operations.
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HIDI Releases First Quarter FFY 2016 Update To Discharge Data-Based Quality Indicators
Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde
Data on readmissions, hospital-acquired conditions and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s quality indicators have been refreshed on HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS to include measure calculations based on discharge data from the first quarter of federal fiscal year 2016. The quality data updates can be found in various reports in the following Analytic Advantage PLUS locations.
- Quality > Benchmarking
- Quality > Readmissions
- Quality > Strategic Quality Initiatives
- Executive Reports
Technical questions regarding the measures should be directed to Shane VanOverschelde. For questions about accessing the website or running reports, contact HIDI.
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