November 12, 2018
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In This Issue
Missouri House And Senate Announce New Leadership
Management And Productivity Report Available
CDC COCA Call Addressing Acute Flaccid Myelitis, Tomorrow
AHA To Host Workplace Safety And Violence Reduction Strategies Webinar
Missouri Board Of Healing Arts Partners With The University Of Missouri School Of Medicine To Collect Physician Workforce Data
This Week, MHA Recognizes Rural Health
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Rob Monsees
The Missouri House and Senate Republican and Democratic Caucuses have announced their leadership for the General Assembly that begins in January 2019. The House previously had selected Rep. Elijah Haahr as Speaker-elect, and he recently ascended to the role upon the resignation of Todd Richardson, who has taken the role of director of the MO HealthNet Division. Rep. John Wiemann will serve as Speaker Pro-Tem, and Rep. Rob Vescovo will serve as Majority Leader. House Democrats elected Rep. Crystal Quade as Minority Floor Leader and DaRon McGee as Assistant Minority Floor Leader.
In the Missouri Senate, Sen. Dave Schatz was elected President Pro-Tem, while Sen. Caleb Rowden was elected Majority Floor Leader. Democrats elected Sen. Gina Walsh to serve as Minority Floor Leader and Sen. Kiki Curls to serve as Assistant Minority Floor Leader.
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HIDI Tech Connect
Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert
MHA-member hospitals that submitted third quarter data for the Management & Productivity Report can access their completed reports online through a secure, password-protected website. Access to this report is limited to hospitals that participate in HIDI’s voluntary management and productivity program. The reports are located on HIDI Analytic Advantage® in the “Management & Productivity” folder under the “Finance and Policy” tab. Contacts from the participating hospitals have been notified by email. Staff may download and save the reports to a secure location on their networks or PCs. The data are encrypted on the site and also during the transmission from HIDI. Once the data have been transferred, they must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Toi Wilde
Tomorrow, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity will host a call on “Acute Flaccid Myelitis: What Health Care Providers Need to Know.” CDC is actively investigating AFM, a serious condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs. As of Oct. 26, there are 72 confirmed cases of AFM so far in 2018. CDC has not confirmed the cause for the majority of these cases. The call will highlight the importance of reporting cases to learn more about this condition and the process for reporting. Subject matter experts also will cover specimen collection and testing and what CDC is doing for its AFM investigation. The call will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Access to the call is available online.
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Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz
This Wednesday, the American Hospital Association will host a webinar addressing strategies to promote workplace safety. The webinar takes place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, and will feature Grady Health System and their multipronged plan to ensure safety and empower staff confidence. Registration is required.
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Staff Contact: Jill Williams
The Missouri Board of Healing Arts and the University of Missouri School of Medicine are collaborating to collect workforce data to better understand the characteristics of the physician workforce in Missouri. The survey results will be used in conjunction with other health care workforce data to inform local and state policymakers, public and private health care providers, and health care workforce training programs to better meet Missourians’ health care needs and to ensure the best possible outcomes for Missouri’s population health.
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Staff Contact: Jim Mikes
Thursday, Nov. 15, is National Rural Health Day, and MHA is celebrating the Power of Rural all week with patient stories from Missouri’s rural hospitals. The following was submitted by Scotland County Hospital.
“Heather Martin, D.O., family practice physician at Scotland County Hospital and Memphis Medical Services, delivered Bromley a few weeks ago. Bromley came into the ER recently after he woke with a 106+ degree fever. Dr. Bill Dixon, the ER physician, ran tests and determined shipping Bromley to MU Women's & Children's in Columbia was necessary with what he believed to be Meningitis.
'Dr. Dixon wasted no time making the arrangements for Bromley in Columbia and getting the ball rolling with Ambulance Service since the helicopter couldn't fly due to the weather,' said little Bromley's mother.
Because the hospital is small and everyone knows everyone, Dr. Dixon knew that Dr. Martin was the inpatient doctor on call, as well as the primary care provider for Bromley and his mother. He paged Dr. Martin to the ER. What a relief Bromley's parents felt when Dr. Martin showed up to assure them this was a good decision on Dr. Dixon's part and that both physicians were looking out for Bromley's best interest when he was in the ER at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.”
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There are 55.9 primary care physicians for every 100,000 rural residents in Missouri. That compares to 139 per 100,000 urban residents.
Source: Missouri Hospital Association