April 1, 2019
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In This Issue
Updated exploreMOhealth Data Available For 940 Missouri ZIP Codes
MHA Releases Medical Marijuana Resources
HIDI Releases First Quarter FFY 2019 Inpatient, Outpatient, Databases
CMS Posts Resources For CY 2019 eCQM Reporting Period
Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead
Where we live has a huge influence on our health. In celebration of National Public Health Week 2019, the Missouri ZIP Health Rankings data have been updated on www.exploreMOhealth.org, which is a web-based tool designed to help assess the health of communities to better understand the factors that can influence health outcomes.
The April edition of HIDI HealthStats, “Miles Away, Worlds Apart: Assessing Community Health Needs with exploreMOhealth,” takes a closer look at health disparities between Missouri communities. When analyzing the health and well-being of the residents, these communities – often located just miles away – can seem worlds apart from each other. The more that is known about these places, the better hospitals, clinicians and community-based partners can identify and address the influence of these factors on health.
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Health Law Insight
Staff Contact: Jane Drummond
MHA released the first of a number of materials that ultimately will comprise a medical marijuana toolkit to help hospitals prepare for the legalization and use of medical marijuana by Missourians. Included are two guidance documents – one addressing the issues hospitals must consider as employers, the other describing the legal and clinical considerations for hospitals as providers.
Three policy templates also are available. Hospitals can adapt the policies depending on whether they wish to prohibit marijuana use on the premises, allow self-administration of medical marijuana or administer the substance as a continued home medication. MHA strongly cautions hospitals who elect the latter to consult legal counsel, as there are significant liability concerns in so doing. However, hospitals in other states have elected to administer medical marijuana to their patients.
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HIDI Tech Connect
Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde
The first quarter federal fiscal year 2019 inpatient and outpatient databases, including HIDI-reporting hospitals in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas City, Kan., now are available for download to subscribers of the Premier Data Package on HIDI Analytic Advantage®. The databases consist of a patient-level limited dataset, including all HIDI-reported discharges and visits to hospitals. Files are delivered as both text files and ready-to-query Microsoft Access database files. The files are located in “Strategic Planning/Premier Data” and are organized in the following categories.
Hospitals interested in subscribing to the 2019 HIDI Premier Data Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted updated resources to assist with the reporting of calendar year 2019 electronic clinical quality measure data for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and the Promoting Interoperability Programs for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. The following CY 2019 self-directed tools have been updated on the QualityNet eCQM reporting resources page.
This week is National Public Health Week. More than 54 million people in the U.S. live in low-income urban and rural areas that are far enough away from a grocery store that the area is designated as having “low access” to healthy food.