MHA Today | May 28, 2019

May 28, 2019

MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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May 28, 2019

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In This Issue
Hospitals Practice Response To Highly Infectious Patient
Rural Americans Identify Health Care Challenges
Number Of U.S. Births Drops Fourth Year In A Row

What You Need To Know This Week

  • Contributions for the communities affected by last week’s tornado – Jefferson City area, Eldon and Golden City – can be made to the following organizations.

Quality and Population Health


Hospitals Practice Response To Highly Infectious Patient

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Stacie Hollis

Ebola Drill at Texas County Memorial Hospital Today, staff from Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Mo., conducted a full-scale exercise in partnership with CoxHealth EMS and the Southwest Healthcare Coalition in response to a patient under investigation of Ebola virus disease presenting to the emergency department. Following the established statewide plan, hospital staff effectively isolated the patient, utilized personal protective equipment and prepared the patient for EMS transport. Statewide communication platforms were used for notification and coordination.

This exercise is the first of several being conducted this week to test Missouri‘s Ebola Virus Disease Treatment and Transport Plan under the direction of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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Noteworthy


Rural Americans Identify Health Care Challenges

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

Although a majority of rural Americans are upbeat about opportunities to improve their communities, the cost of health care and access to care are of significant concern. Research from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that while most rural Americans have health insurance, more than one-quarter have not been able to get health care when they needed it. Moreover, nearly one in 10 rural adults say hospitals in their local community have closed down. Homelessness, isolation and lack of access to broadband were listed as significant rural challenges. However, nearly 90 percent believed their communities were safe from crime, and nearly three-quarters were satisfied with their quality of life.

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Number Of U.S. Births Drops Fourth Year In A Row

Staff Contact: Dave Dillon

For the fourth year in a row, the number of U.S. births decreased and now has reached the lowest number in 32 years. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3.8 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2018. The number of births for Hispanic women, non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black women, and Asian women all declined from 2017 to 2018. Maternal age also is increasing as women are waiting longer to have children. Birth rates increased for women in their late 30s and early 40s, and decreased for women under 35 years old.

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Consider This ...

Out of all 50 states, Misouri has the most rural health clinics at 369. Texas follows with 306.

Source: Becker's Hospital Review