MHA Today |  April 3, 2019

April 3, 2019
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
Senate Postpones Medicaid Managed Care Reform Hearing
GAO Finds Limited Research On Costs Of Untreated Behavioral Health Conditions
MHA Announces Approaching Award Deadlines
Black River Medical Center To Convert To Urgent Care Center
DEA Announces National Drug Takeback Day

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Senate Postpones Medicaid Managed Care Reform Hearing

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Rob Monsees

A state Senate committee hearing on Senate Bill 370 was postponed after the Senate engaged in a late-night filibuster the previous night. MHA is promoting the legislation, which was developed based on advocacy principles adopted by the MHA Board of Trustees.

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GAO Finds Limited Research On Costs Of Untreated Behavioral Health Conditions

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Sarah Willson

A new report from the Government Accountability Office assesses research to estimate the cost of untreated behavioral health conditions. The GAO also issued highlights and a one-page summary. GAO found that research on such cost is limited and “there is no generally accepted estimate of all the health care costs associated with untreated behavioral health conditions.” It also noted methodological challenges in such research and “limited data on the full prevalence of certain behavioral conditions.”

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Quality and Population Health


MHA Announces Approaching Award Deadlines

Staff Contact: Leslie Porth

MHA is offering two prestigious awards to recognize the sustained improvements of its member hospitals — the Aim for Excellence Award and the Visionary Leadership Award. Both awards will be presented at MHA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show in November.

The Aim for Excellence Award identifies and honors organization- or team-based projects that address at least two of the three Triple Aim principles — better health, better care, lower costs. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 6.

The Visionary Leadership Award recognizes outstanding achievements in clinical and health outcomes by a hospital or health system chief executive. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, May 3. As you complete the application, please consider the nominee’s role and accomplishments that extend beyond the hospital.

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Noteworthy


Black River Medical Center To Convert To Urgent Care Center

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Black River Medical Center in Poplar Bluff will join Saint Francis Healthcare System based in Cape Girardeau this summer. Black River will decertify eight inpatient beds and the emergency room will be converted into a high-acuity urgent care center.

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DEA Announces National Drug Takeback Day

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson or Leslie Porth

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has announced its next national drug take-back day is Saturday, April 27. Law enforcement agencies are authorized to collect unwanted medications for disposal. Additional information is available at https://takebackday.dea.gov or www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.

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Consider This ...

More than 550 Americans have been struck this decade by acute flaccid myelitis, a rare, mysterious and sometimes deadly paralyzing illness. More than 90% were children, most around 4, 5 or 6 years old.

Source: AP