MHA Today | January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018


MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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January 22, 2018

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

In This Issue
MACs Continue Operations During Shutdown
DHHS Proposes Rule On Protecting Conscience Rights In Health Care
HIDI HealthStats — The Economic Cost Of The Opioid Epidemic In Missouri
SHEA Provides Contact Precautions Recommendations
Eady Leaving Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Governor Greitens intends to release the 2019 budget this afternoon. Watch for more details from MHA, including an MHA member call schedule, regarding health care-related issues in his budget.

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state and federal health policy developments


MACs Continue Operations During Shutdown

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that the Medicare administrative contractors will continue to perform all functions relating to Medicare fee-for-service claims processing and payments during the partial government shutdown.

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DHHS Proposes Rule On Protecting Conscience Rights In Health Care

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Jane Drummond

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a press release and proposed rule on protections of health care practitioners’ rights of conscience. DHHS also issued a letter to state Medicaid directors on the topic.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI HealthStats — The Economic Cost Of The Opioid Epidemic In Missouri

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

The January 2018 special edition of HIDI HealthStats highlights the growing severity of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. and Missouri. Using the White House Council of Economic Advisors' methods, the Hospital Industry Data Institute found the economic burden of opioid use disorder and overdose deaths for Missouri in 2016 was estimated to be $12.6 billion.
Opioid Overdose Death Rates per 100,000
The opioid overdose mortality rate in Missouri has nearly doubled throughout the last five years. In 2012, the state experienced 8.5 opioid overdose deaths per 100,000 residents. By 2016, the rate had grown to 15.1, a five-year, 78 percent increase. The rate of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. grew more between 2015 and 2016 than any other year since reporting began in 1999.

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Quality and Population Health


SHEA Provides Contact Precautions Recommendations

Staff Contacts: Alison Williams or Toi Wilde

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America issued guidelines on how long hospitals should continue contact precautions for multidrug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile infections to avoid the spread of potentially deadly organisms throughout hospitals.

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CEO Announcements


Eady Leaving Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Bruce Eady’s last day as chief executive officer of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield is Friday, Jan. 26. He has accepted a position with Mercy Hospital Springfield as vice president of patient logistics. Eady served as CEO since November 2015. A search is being conducted for a permanent replacement. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

This week is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Between 2006 and 2016 in Missouri, newborns with withdrawal symptoms stemming from maternal drug use increased by 538 percent.

Source: Missouri Hospital Association