August 21, 2018
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MHA Responds To CMS Stark Law RFI
Primary Care Physicians: Missouri Workforce Update Available
2018 Annual Emergency Preparedness and Safety Conference: Creating Safe Environments to Give and Receive Quality Care
Thursday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 19
Osage Beach, Mo.
Register on or before Thursday, Oct. 4.
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Jane Drummond or Andrew Wheeler
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a request for information about how to address burdens due to the Stark Law. CMS is particularly interested in comments about the structure of arrangements between parties that participate in alternative payment models. Today, MHA submitted comments. For those interested in responding to the RFI, comments are due by 4 p.m. Central time Friday, Aug. 24.
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Staff Contact: Mary Becker
Tomorrow, MHA will release a special report – Primary Care Physicians: Missouri Workforce Update – that examines the supply of primary care physicians in rural and urban Missouri. The report finds that rural Missourians are at a significant income and education disadvantage compared to their urban counterparts. And, 98 percent of rural Missouri has a shortage of primary medical care. There are 55.9 primary care physicians for every 100,000 rural residents compared to 139 per 100,000 urban residents. As the population ages, the demand for primary care only will increase.
The report also looks at programs in Missouri and other states that have a positive impact on physicians serving rural areas.
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Firearms kill 30,000 to 40,000 Americans annually. About two-thirds of those are suicides or accidents. The other roughly one-third are homicides.
Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch