MHA Today | January 9, 2018

January 9, 2018

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January 9, 2018

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In This Issue
Task Force Recommends Rural Objectives To President
Research Indicates Higher Probability Of Hospital Closures In Nonexpansion States


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Noteworthy


Task Force Recommends Rural Objectives To President

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue presented President Trump with a report from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity during the American Farm Bureau Convention yesterday. The report suggests objectives and recommended actions to achieve the following.

  • achieving e-connectivity for rural America
  • improving quality of life
  • supporting a rural workforce
  • harnessing technological innovation
  • developing the rural economy

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Research Indicates Higher Probability Of Hospital Closures In Nonexpansion States

Staff Contact: Jim Mikes

New research published yesterday in Health Affairs indicates that states that did not expand Medicaid coverage experienced a higher rate of hospital closures than states that did expand Medicaid. Additionally, nonexpansion states experienced higher rates of rural hospital closures. Overall, hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid coverage were 84 percent less likely to close than hospitals in nonexpansion states.

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Consider This ...

Typhoid fever, caused by Salmonella typhi bacteria in sewage and contaminated food, infects up to 20 million people a year and kills up to 160,000 of them, mostly young children. The disease once killed many Americans — Typhoid Mary was a famous carrier — but is now found mostly in Africa and Asia.

Source: The New York Times