October 23, 2018
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In This Issue
Richardson Appointed MHD Director
This Week Is National Healthcare Quality Week
October Is Health Literacy Month
Management Incubator for Emerging Health Care Leaders
Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Wednesday, Nov. 14
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state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade
The Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, Todd Richardson, will be the next director of the MO HealthNet Division. After resigning his legislative seat, he will assume the post on Thursday, Nov. 1. Richardson, an attorney, will be the first permanent MHD director since Joe Parks, M.D., retired in December 2016. Gov. Parson announced the appointment made by Department of Social Services Director Steve Corsi, Psy.D.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Peter Rao
Hospitals continue to make significant quality improvements; however, according to America’s Health Rankings, Missouri’s overall “quality of health” ranks 36th nationally. Health rankings take into account health factors, such as health behaviors, clinical care and the social, economic and physical environment. There is increased focus on transitions of care and support mechanisms for patients when leaving the hospital with local community and state partners.
Readmissions – an area of national and state focus – requires a holistic approach. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began publicly reporting hospitalwide, 30-day risk standardized readmission rates (RSRRs) in 2013, and the trend in the median hospital readmission rates from July 2015-June 2016 was 15.2 percent for Medicare patients. At an overall rate of 11 percent, Missouri hospitals are among the best in the nation.
With emerging evidence that addressing health-related social needs through enhanced clinical and community support can improve health outcomes, there is an urgent need to develop strategies and funding to support community-based initiatives. This, coupled with ongoing quality improvement, will improve the overall quality of health for the state of Missouri.
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Staff Contact: Toi Wilde
October is a time to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. To celebrate, health care providers are encouraged to participate in the following activities.
For more information about health literacy and why it’s so important, check out these resources from the following agencies.
In the 12-month period ending in March 2018, the number of overdose deaths declined by 2.8 percent to an estimated 71,073 people. This number is compared with the 12 months ending in September 2017.