February 19, 2019
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In This Issue
Uncompensated Care And Community Benefit Set Record Totals In 2017
Hospice Death Investigation Bills Advance
Healthcare Human Resources Spring Conference
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state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Mary Becker
MHA’s 2019 Community Investment Report finds that in 2017, Missouri hospitals provided more than $1.4 billion in uncompensated care and exceeded $3.3 billion in total community benefit — record totals for both categories. Missouri’s hospitals invest in their communities in various ways. One of the most important is hospitals’ role in providing a safety net for individuals who need medical services but can’t afford their care. However, this is not the only contribution hospitals make to improve individual and community health. Hospitals invest in services and programs — often outside of the hospital — to improve lives communitywide.
The annual report quantifies the significant value Missouri's hospitals provide for the communities they serve. The data, as well as updated quality and price information, are available on MHA’s consumer-focused transparency website, www.FocusOnHospitals.com.
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Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees
The state House of Representatives took two actions to advance legislation on hospice investigations. By a vote of 150-6, the state House of Representatives gave its final approval to a bill on coroners. House Bill 447 included an MHA-supported amendment that would remove the requirement that a coroner or medical examiner investigate a hospice patient’s death that is certified by the treating physician or hospice medical director as a natural death from disease or diagnosed illness. The bill also would extend the deadline for notifying the coroner or medical examiner of such a death. The House also gave first-round approval to House Bill 242, the original hospice investigation legislation, after amending it to include the coroner law revisions of House Bill 447.
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In 2017, Missouri hospitals provided nearly $795 million in charity care, which is the equivalent of 18,793 free physician office visits every day or 6.9 million free visits per year.
Source: Missouri Hospital Association