MHA Today | March 28, 2018

March 28, 2018
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

twitter linkedin
March 28, 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
Committee Reviews Helmet Law Repeal
Legislators Advance Bills On Sexual Assault Exam Kit Processing
Legislators Consider Hospice Death Investigation Bill
Trajectories: Broadening The Culture Of Safety: Addressing Workplace Violence
KFF Releases HIV And Opioid Epidemic Report
Parkland Health Center — Bonne Terre Names New Administrator

Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Committee Reviews Helmet Law Repeal

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

A Missouri House committee reviewed legislation that would allow adult motorcyclists to forego wearing helmets. House Bill 2158 requires the motorcycle operator who does so to have health insurance offering at least $1 million in coverage. MHA opposes the bill.

Back To Top


Legislators Advance Bills On Sexual Assault Exam Kit Processing

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Ted Wedel

A state House committee approved a revised version of House Bill 2259, which creates new standards for the handling of sexual assault forensic examination kits. The kits are provided by state government and are used to collect medical evidence to prosecute sexual assault crimes. MHA worked with the sponsor to refine the proposal. In the Missouri Senate, similar legislation was amended to Senate Bill 966. Before the amendment and bill were approved, MHA persuaded legislators to remove proposed language requiring hospitals to store completed but untested kits for five years. The state Attorney General is assessing how the evidence kits are, and should be, handled.

Back To Top


Legislators Consider Hospice Death Investigation Bill

Staff Contacts: Sarah Willson or Ted Wedel

After winning the House of Representatives’ approval, House Bill 1895 was reviewed by a Senate committee. The legislation removes the requirement that a coroner or medical examiner investigate a hospice patient’s death if the death is certified by the treating physician or hospice medical director. It also extends the deadline for notifying the coroner or medical examiner of the death of a hospice patient. MHA is promoting the legislation.

Back To Top

 

Quality and Population Health


Trajectories: Broadening The Culture Of Safety: Addressing Workplace Violence

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

Trajectories - March 2018The March 2018 issue of Trajectories focuses on promoting a culture of safety within hospitals while addressing workplace violence. Nationally, hospitals and health care providers are four times more likely to be victims of violence in the workplace compared to all other industries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Elimination of harm to patients and health care workers should stand side-by-side in importance. The goal should be that patients have access to high quality, safe and effective medical care. Similarly, health care workers should have access to support systems that provide adequate protection and intervention to permit them to deliver on the promise of high quality care. MHA's S.A.F.E.R. initiative continues to identify evidence-based practices to provide hospitals with the resources necessary to create safe environments for care. This issue of Trajectories highlights the Assaulted Staff Action Program at Fulton State Hospital and the Victim of Violence Program at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Back To Top


KFF Releases HIV And Opioid Epidemic Report

Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Shawn Billings

The Kaiser Family Foundation released a new resource addressing key things to know about HIV and the opioid epidemic. This resource includes five key points.

  1. HIV infections associated with IV drug use
  2. strategies to reduce risk transmission
  3. national risk reduction resources
  4. resources for substance users with HIV via the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
  5. changing demographics of people who transmitted HIV through IV substance use

Back To Top

 

 

CEO Announcements


Parkland Health Center — Bonne Terre Names New Administrator

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Christine Westrich was named administrator of Parkland Health Center Bonne Terre, effective Thursday, March 1. She joined the hospital in May 2015 as business development director, and before that she served 14 years in various roles at the former Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington. She succeeds Steve Marler who remains with Parkland as assistant administrator at Parkland Health Center Farmington. A list of CEO changes is available online.

Back To Top

 


Consider This ...

Nearly 12 percent of adults who have strokes go on to develop epilepsy. Stroke causes up to half of new epilepsy cases in older adults for which a cause can be identified. This makes stroke one of the most common reasons people develop epilepsy as they age.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention