September 16, 2019
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In This Issue
DHSS Responds To MHA’s Questions About Medical Marijuana
Trajectories: Strategies To Reduce Workplace Violence To Achieve The Quadruple Aim
Tomorrow Is World Patient Safety Day
Health Law Insight
Staff Contact: Jane Drummond
On Aug. 8, MHA submitted a letter to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams seeking clarification on several questions relating to patient use of medical marijuana. Williams provided the department’s response. Notably, he asserts the department’s position that patient use of medical marijuana on hospital premises would violate the federal Conditions of Participation. He also clarified that when a physician certifies a patient as having a qualifying medical condition as defined by the law, such conduct does not constitute prescribing activity.
MHA will continue to refine and update its guidance materials on this topic.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz
In 2014, to address the increasing prevalence of violence in the health care setting, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems established a Workplace Safety Initiative, including a comprehensive toolkit, to identify solutions and pilot interventions to mitigate violence in the care environment. In June 2019, MHA facilitated regional workshops to develop, implement and evaluate effective workplace violence prevention programs for hospitals and outpatient clinics based on Oregon’s model.
MHA continues to shape a more structured program through its S.A.F.E.R. Initiative to engage members, and provide resources and guidance to assist hospitals with workplace violence prevention resources. Read the September 2019 issue of Trajectories to learn about industry best practices related to workplace violence, including five things hospitals can do to foster safe care environments.
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Staff Contact: Jessica Stultz
The World Health Organization will host the first World Patient Safety Day on Tuesday Sept. 17. The global campaign creates awareness of patient safety and urges people to show their commitment to making health care safer. The theme is “Patient Safety: A global health priority,” and the slogan is “Speak up for patient safety.” World Patient Safety Day is an opportunity for hospitals and health systems to share their good work and resources on patient safety, safety culture and patient engagement.
MHA will highlight the patient safety work conducted in Missouri through social media channels, and encourages members to post about their own patient safety improvements using the hashtags and resources provided online.
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In high-income countries, it is estimated that one in every 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care. The harm can be caused by a range of adverse events, with nearly half of them being preventable.
Source: World Health Organization