MHA Today | November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017
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November 13, 2017

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

In This Issue
Trump Names Secretary Nominee
National Rural Health Day Is Thursday
HIDI HealthStats — Hospital Super-Utilizers

What You Need To Know This Week

  • This week is National Rural Health Week, and Thursday, Nov. 16 is National Rural Health Day — a time to recognize the important part health care plays in the well-being of our neighbors and our society.
  • Watch for Senate action this week on the tax reform bill.
  • Expect a national lawsuit to be filed this week by the American Hospital Association and other groups on 340B.


state and federal health policy developments

Trump Names Secretary Nominee

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

President Trump nominated Alex Azar to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Azar was a Deputy Secretary of HHS under former President George W. Bush. Azar is a lawyer, consultant and former executive with the pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly & Company.

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National Rural Health Day Is Thursday

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

Rural communities across the country will be celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, Nov. 16 as part of National Rural Health Week. It’s important to recognize the essential role of rural health providers in the well-being of our neighbors and our society.

When thinking about health care in rural Missouri, consider these facts.

  • 97% of Missouri’s land mass is considered rural.
  • 37% of the population resides in rural areas.
  • 81 of Missouri’s 114 counties are defined as rural.
  • 62 of Missouri’s 164 hospitals are located in rural counties.
  • 23 of Missouri’s rural counties that contain a hospital have experienced a trend of declining population.
More information on rural health in Missouri is available.

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HIDI Tech Connect

HIDI HealthStats — Hospital Super-Utilizers

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

The November edition of HIDI HealthStats discusses hospital super-utilizer predictive risk models.

HIDI data found that more than 20,000 Missourians visited a hospital between 10 and 384 times during fiscal year 2016.HIDI HealthStats - Hospital Super-Utilizers The majority of these hospital super-utilizers were uninsured or covered by Medicaid, and their utilization accounted for nearly $3 billion in associated hospital charges during the year.

With the exception of only 36 of these patients, all were identified as having at least one clinical, social or behavioral risk factor, and 69 percent had all three risk factors.

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Consider This ...

People with prediabetes have levels of blood sugar that are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. About 84 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes, but most of them don't know they have it.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention