November 13, 2017
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In This Issue
Trump Names Secretary Nominee
National Rural Health Day Is Thursday
HIDI HealthStats — Hospital Super-Utilizers
state and federal health policy developments
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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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.
HIDI Tech Connect
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. 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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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