MHA Today | August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.

In This Issue
HIDI HealthStats — Population Health
Report Highlights National Nursing Workforce Challenges

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Missouri laws enacted during the 2017 legislative session and signed by Gov. Greitens become effective today. MHA’s end of session report provides a summary of the laws that affect hospitals.
  • Registration for MHA’s annual convention is now available online.

HIDI Tech Connect

HIDI HealthStats — Population Health

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead HIDI HealthStats

The August edition of HIDI HealthStats discusses using hospital data to measure community health needs at the ZIP-code level.

The top three community health needs assessment issues identified in Missouri are: access to care; chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and obesity; and behavioral health. Management and improvement of these health challenges requires a commitment from both health care organizations and community leaders.

Most Missouri hospitals are completing their first three-year CHNA cycle. The earlier CHNA process can provide a baseline for community-centered partnership on population health improvement. However, new tools are available to help hospitals delve deeper into the communities they serve. The upcoming CHNA cycle can incorporate the lessons of the past and the evolving toolset, to build stronger partnerships and more focused clinical and social outreach.

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Workforce News

Report Highlights National Nursing Workforce Challenges

Staff Contacts: Meredith Kenyon or Jill Williams

A new report published in the Journal of Nursing Regulation examines four significant challenges facing the nursing workforce. Researchers at the Montana State University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies found the aging of the baby boom generation, shortage and uneven distribution of physicians, accelerating rate of registered nurse retirements, and uncertainty of health care reform as significant challenges to the present and future workforce. The researchers provide insight into how nurses and nursing can adapt to the complex and interrelated challenges. One of the authors, Peter I. Buerhaus, R.N., Ph.D., was a speaker at MHA’s 2017 Leadership Forum.

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Consider This ...

In 2016, the largest number of weather-related deaths — 126 — occurred from flooding. Throughout the past three decades, heat has been the most dangerous consistent threat with an average of 131 deaths annually.

Source: National Weather Service