November 11, 2019
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In This Issue
MHA Publishes Issue Brief On Medicare Cost-Sharing
CDC Updates Vaping Injury Numbers And Links To Vitamin E Acetate
Missouri State Board Of Nursing Reaches Milestone
Rural Health Network Development Grant Applications Due Nov. 25
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
MHA published an issue brief on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ recent release of Medicare coinsurance and deductible amounts for calendar year 2020.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the nationwide numbers for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI). The lung-related illness now has spread to 49 states and resulted in 39 deaths. Preliminary samples from the CDC determined a possible link to vitamin E acetate, which often is used in cosmetic creams and as a dietary supplement. When used in those ways it does not cause harm; however, when inhaled into the lungs, it could result in interruption of normal lung functioning. Vitamin E acetate has been utilized as a thickening agent in e-liquid. The CDC noted that further study must be done. Currently, it is not known if vitamin E acetate alone, vitamin E acetate used in conjunction with other products or additional chemicals present in e-liquid may be causing lung injury and illness.
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Staff Contact: Jill Williams
Since March 22, 2017, the Missouri State Board of Nursing has licensed 107 individuals who completed the Air Force’s education and training program. This partnership has allowed the Board of Nursing to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the education and training programs offered by the Air Force, and through relationships developed with Air Force leadership, offer a streamlined licensing process for qualified applicants.
The board has in place a Military Task Force with active military, retired military and public partners who continuously work to explore ways to help transition active duty military professionals to successful civilian careers. In addition to easing the transition for veterans, the partnership will help increase the number of licensed nurses in the state, reducing the shortage of qualified nurses.
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Staff Contact: Dana Dahl
Applications for funding under the Rural Health Network Development program are due Monday, Nov. 25. Diverse network partners may include behavioral health organizations, critical access hospitals, rural health centers, and community and social service organizations located in a rural area or in a rural census tract of an urban county, for whom all services are provided in a rural county or census tract are eligible. Recipients will combine the functions of the entities participating in the network to address the following legislative aims.
For additional information, visit grants.gov, or contact Robyn Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-443-0624.
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As of Nov. 7, 33 confirmed or probable vaping-associated illnesses and one vaping-related death have been reported in Missouri. Of the cases reported, more than half involve users ages 15 to 24.