MHA Releases Policy Brief On Preventing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome In Missouri
Staff Contacts: Mat Reidhead, Brian Kinkade or Alison Williams
Today, MHA released a policy brief aimed at quantifying the incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Missouri using both conventional and novel surveillance techniques. The brief proposes a Medicaid policy-centered interventional approach aimed at reducing the number of infants born with opioid withdrawal in Missouri through an 1115 waiver that would expand coverage for substance use disorder treatment to low-income women of child-bearing age.
The brief evaluates rates of NAS in Missouri using traditional diagnostic coding methods, linkages of new and expectant mothers to hospital visits for opioid misuse, and a survey that was administered to Missouri’s 70 hospitals with labor and delivery services to generate first-hand data on the severity of NAS. The brief also provides a cost-effectiveness analysis of the proposed policy intervention for both state and federal Medicaid outlays.
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Issue Brief: Medicare Solvency Date Shortened To 2026
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
Yesterday, the Boards of Trustees for Medicare released their 2018 annual report to Congress, which indicates that Medicare’s health insurance trust fund will be depleted in 2026. MHA published an issue brief with additional details.
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HIIN Members Convene In Columbia
Staff Contact: Jessica Stultz
Members of the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network are meeting in Columbia to discuss the UP Campaign, antibiotic stewardship, workplace safety and hospital violence, high reliability organizations, and managing behavioral health patients, among other topics. The HIIN attendees were thanked for their commitment to quality improvement partnership with MHA and the progress they have made that supported MHA’s recent recognition by the American Hospital Association as the recipient of the Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership.
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ZIP Code-Level Data Assists Hospitals During Community Health Improvement Week
Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga
This week is Community Health Improvement Week, a national event that raises awareness, demonstrates impact, and celebrates the individuals and organizations that work to advance the health and well-being of their communities.
Where we live, work, learn and play affects our health. Access to data regarding health factors and health outcomes in the places where Missourians live provides communities and organizations with the information necessary to take action and create and sustain a healthy state. Effectively engaging communities to address the social, economic, environmental, clinical and behavioral factors that affect health is critical for improving population health outcomes.
In collaboration with the Washington University School of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, researchers at HIDI, MHA’s data company, released a new resource to support hospitals' understanding of, and investments in, community health improvement. The Missouri Foundation for Health partnership adds significant value through their commitment to the state’s county-level Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
The platform, exploreMOhealth.org, assists hospitals with Community Health Needs Assessment secondary data analysis using county- and ZIP code-level data on health and social factors. Based on the County Health Rankings’ population health framework, this data offers community health practitioners a rich set of information to explore sub-county variation in health, and formulate targeted intervention strategies to deliver scarce population health improvement resources to areas in most need.
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