January 21, 2019
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In This Issue
Sen. Blunt Introduces Legislation To Fund Health Programs
HIDI HealthStats – Predicting Opioid Risk in Hospital Patients
CMS Announces IQR Education Session
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
Sen. Roy Blunt has introduced bipartisan legislation to extend funding for various health programs. The legislation would provide the programs yearly federal funding increases beginning in fiscal year 2020. The bill includes funding for community health centers, the National Health Service Corps, the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, the Special Diabetes Program at the National Institutes of Health and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. The Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the legislation on Jan. 29. According to Blunt, “Community health centers serve more than half a million Missourians, including many veterans and individuals who are uninsured or live in under-served areas. These centers save lives and lower health care costs by offering a wide range of behavioral and physical health treatment services and reducing the number of expensive, unnecessary trips to emergency rooms or hospitals. This bipartisan bill will ensure community health centers and the National Health Service Corps have the resources to continue providing quality, affordable health care services in communities across the state.”
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HIDI Tech Connect
Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead
The January 2019 issue of HIDI HealthStats highlights results from a predictive model that suggests a strong ability to prospectively identify patients who will experience an opioid-related hospital encounter. Delivering this risk information to the point of care could provide powerful information to help providers improve outcomes for Missourians with, or at risk of developing, opioid use disorder. This includes reducing the rapidly growing rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the state — 43 percent of patients who die of a heroin overdose in a Missouri hospital experienced a prescription opioid-related hospital encounter during the previous four years.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
An outreach and education session for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program is scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. The presentation will address data-submitter questions related to the aligned reporting of electronic clinical quality measures for the Hospital IQR and Promoting Interoperability Programs for calendar year 2018. Registration is required.
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More than one in five youths ages six to 19 have an unhealthy cholesterol reading, and 95 million U.S. adults age 20 or older have high cholesterol. But since high cholesterol doesn’t have symptoms, many people don’t know their levels are high.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention