October 14, 2019
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In This Issue
State Of Childhood Obesity Report Shows Mixed Results For Missouri
DHSS Finalizes Hospital Licensure Rules
MHA Launches Resources To Promote Safe Care In Hospitals And Clinics
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State of Child Obesity report shows Missouri ranks relatively well among the states in the obesity rate among WIC-enrolled two- to four-year-olds (rank 36, with one being worst) and youth age 10 to 17 (rank 37). Missouri ranks poorly in the rate of obese high school students (rank 10) and adults (rank 9). Missouri's adult obesity rate currently is 35%, up from 21.4% in 2000 and 11.3% in 1990. The report includes a summary of the states’ adoption of policies that states can employ to prevent obesity among its citizens.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Sarah Willson
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Division of Regulation and Licensure finalized the revised hospital licensure rules. The order of rule-making of the long-awaited revisions is the final step in the comprehensive update of all hospital licensure regulations impacting acute, critical access and psychiatric inpatient hospitals.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz or Kendra Hanauer
In recognition of Healthcare Security and Safety Week and to help hospitals and clinics communicate appropriate and expected behavior in care settings, MHA released new patient-facing resources using the theme Healing Happens Here. In addition to the hospital-specific resources released earlier this year, MHA now offers clinic-specific resources, and all materials are available in both English and Spanish. All materials can be co-branded with MHA for use throughout hospitals or clinics.
These resources are crafted to avoid misinterpretation that could deter patients from seeking needed care in hospitals’ emergency departments. Additional guidance about hospitals’ responsibilities under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act is available.
MHA is posting about Healthcare Security and Safety Week on its Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week, and hospitals are encouraged to share our content or create their own.
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In 2017, 18,400 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses were reported in the private industry. Of these, 71% were reported in the health care and social assistance sector. And this only includes incidents that involved days away from work.
Source: Modern Healthcare