MHA Today | June 28, 2017

June 28, 2017
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In This Issue
MO HealthNet Releases Third Quarter Webinar Training Schedule
Trajectories — Opioid Use Disorder
CMS Provides IPFQR Program Updates
CHP Offers Free Training Opportunity
MU Health Care Names New CEO

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MO HealthNet Releases Third Quarter Webinar Training Schedule

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

MO HealthNet has released its third quarter training schedule. The two-hour webinars focus on claims submission processes and policies, and MO HealthNet benefits, limitations and documentation requirements. Inpatient hospital sessions are scheduled at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, and 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Outpatient hospital sessions are scheduled at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. Advanced registration is required.

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Quality and Population Health


Trajectories — Opioid Use Disorder

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth AHCA Per Capita Fed Net Medicaid Expenditures by Expansion Status

The July 2017 edition of Trajectories highlights the issue of opioid use and abuse. Literature and research suggest that therapeutic care for patients with an addiction is similar to the constructs effective in managing chronic illness and disease. Care coordination among primary care, specialty care and social services using evidence-based guidelines is necessary to treat the patient diagnosed with addiction, and often psychiatric and medical comorbidities.

Drug dependence produces significant and lasting changes in brain chemistry and function. Effective medications are available for treating opiate dependence and, thus, should be incorporated into the assessment and treatment regimen. Research suggests that long-term care strategies of medication management and continued monitoring produce lasting benefits. It is important to consider the intersection of chronic illness with increased risk of infectious diseases, such as hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), among vulnerable populations, including the impoverished and patients with a history of incarceration and behavioral health conditions. Read how to address addiction as a chronic illness.

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CMS Provides IPFQR Program Updates

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has provided resources for the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program:



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CHP Offers Free Training Opportunity

Staff Contacts: Stephen Njenga or Peter Rao

The Center for Health Policy at the University of Missouri is working with MHA and the Missouri Primary Care Association to better understand how Missouri hospitals collect patient information about race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation and gender identity. The goal is to eliminate health disparities and create inclusive health care environments. With funding from the Missouri Foundation for Health, CHP is working with Missouri hospitals to train staff and providers on data collection best practices. Trainings are free and tailored to individual hospitals, clinics or departments. Contact Ioana Staiculescu at staiculescui@health.missouri.edu for more information.

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CEO Announcements


MU Health Care Names New CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Jonathan Curtright has been named CEO of MU Health Care in Columbia, effective June 26. He also will serve as Chief Operating Officer. Curtright joined MU Health Care in 2016 and previously served as COO and Interim CEO, succeeding Mitch Wasden who resigned in February 2017. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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