MHA Today | March 26, 2018

March 26, 2018
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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March 26, 2018

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

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Congress is on recess for two weeks look for opportunities to engage with lawmakers on federal issues such as 340B and opioid funding.
  • The Missouri General Assembly is beginning its final eight weeks of the session look for an alert on proposed Medicaid hospital spending reductions.
  • If you weren’t able to participate in Friday’s Medicaid Opioid Prescribing Standards Initiative conference call, a recording of the call is available.

Quality and Population Health

New Report Available On The Economic Costs Of The Opioid Crisis At The County Level

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead

In November 2017, the White House Council of Economic Advisors released a study estimating the economic cost of the opioid crisis in the U.S. to be $504 billion in 2015. Then, the January 2018 issue of HIDI HealthStats estimated the 2016 economic cost of opioid use disorder to be $12.6 billion in Missouri. Using the same methods, the American Enterprise Institute released a new study that carries the estimates to the county level in 2015. The study finds that the per capita economic burden attributable to opioids in Missouri was $1,727 during 2015. Twenty-two Missouri counties were among the highest national quintile of per capita costs attributable to opioid use disorder and overdose deaths.

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Consider This ...

Missouri fell six places since 2016, ranking at number 41 of the 50 states in the United Healthcare Foundation's Health of Women and Children Report. Since 2016, maternal mortality increased 14 percent from 28.5 to 32.6 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Source: America's Health Rankings