MHA Today | August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018
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August 29, 2018

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In This Issue
Friday Is International Overdose Awareness Day
CMS Announces Deadline For QRDA Category I Files For the Hybrid HWR Measure
Millennial Nurses Bring Higher Expectations To The Work Environment

Quality and Population Health


Friday Is International Overdose Awareness Day

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings

International Overdose Awareness Day This Friday is International Overdose Awareness Day, a globally-recognized event dedicated to remembering those lost to overdose and promoting stigma reduction of drug-related death. As we reflect on the challenges that our state has faced, let us also acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of opioid overdose. Looking forward – let us continue to create systems of care that save lives and integrate evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorder that are accessible across socioeconomic status – the tragedy of overdose death is preventable!

Several Missouri initiatives expand access to integrated prevention, treatment and recovery support services for individuals with OUD.

  • Opioid-STR Project, funded through SAMHSA, expands access to integrated prevention, treatment and recovery support services for individuals with OUD throughout the state.

  • MO-HOPE Project, funded through SAMHSA, provides resources to reduce opioid overdose deaths in Missouri through expanded access to overdose education and naloxone, public awareness, assessment and referral to treatment. The project includes prevention, public health and harm reduction strategies to improve readiness to avoid or respond to opioid overdose events in Missouri.

  • MORE Project, funded through SAMHSA and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, serves rural Missouri. The project provides naloxone to first responders and trains them to administer the nasal spray to reverse opioid overdoses.

Next week, MHA will publish the September edition of Trajectories, which focuses on integrating evidence-based treatments for OUD.

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CMS Announces Deadline For QRDA Category I Files For the Hybrid HWR Measure

Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hospital quality reporting system now is accepting Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category I file submissions for the voluntary hybrid hospitalwide readmission measures. Discharges between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2018, should be included in the submission. Submission deadline is Friday, Dec. 14. Additional information is available.

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Workforce News


Millennial Nurses Bring Higher Expectations To The Work Environment

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

A new AMN Healthcare report, Survey of Millennial Nurses: A Dynamic Influence on the Profession, reveals that Millennial nurses bring distinct ideas about what constitutes a good working environment and how that affects patient care. The results offer new insights, which could prove valuable to health care leaders as they face shortage-driven problems related to nurse hiring, retention, morale and overtime pay.

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Consider This ...

Sexually transmitted disease rates in the U.S. are at a record high for the fourth year in a row. Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017. That’s 200,000 more cases than were diagnosed in 2016.

Source: TIME Health