MHA Today | December 2, 2019   

December 2, 2019
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December 2, 2019

MHA Today is provided as a service to members of the Missouri Hospital Association. Additional information is available online at MHAnet.


In This Issue
Weekly Snapshot: Marketplace Enrollment For Week 4
Timeline Charts Missouri Hospital Quality Improvement Efforts Throughout 20 Years
Free Resources Available For Addressing Opioid Misuse

What You Need To Know This Week

  • The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee meets Thursday and Friday and will conduct its annual review of the adequacy of Medicare payments.


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state and federal health policy developments


Weekly Snapshot: Marketplace Enrollment For Week 4

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released marketplace enrollment data through Nov. 23. Throughout the first four weeks of the 2020 open enrollment period, 2,372,957 beneficiaries made plan selections using the HealthCare.gov platform. In Missouri 55,154 beneficiaries have made plan selections for 2020, approximately 7% less than the 59,121 plan selections made through the fourth week last year.

The open enrollment period ends Sunday, Dec. 15. Visit MHA’s website or CoverMissouri.org for additional details.

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Quality and Population Health


Timeline Charts Missouri Hospital Quality Improvement Efforts Throughout 20 Years

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

Missouri's Patient Safety & Quality Activities Timeline Twenty years ago, the Institute of Medicine released its landmark report, “To Err Is Human: Building A Safer Health System.” The research estimated that as many as 98,000 people died each year in hospitals because of preventable medical harm. Hospitals have made significant progress toward protecting patients from harm since the report was released.

MHA has developed a timeline to explain how Missouri hospitals have invested in quality and patient safety improvement throughout the past 20 years. Talking points on the 20th anniversary of the report are available on MHA’s website.

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Free Resources Available For Addressing Opioid Misuse

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

CME Outfitters' Opioid Education Hub offers multiple resources and training opportunities for health care providers using evidence-based strategies to address opioid misuse. Many of the training options also provide continuing education credit hours. Strategies include the following.

  • Incorporating best practice strategies to optimize safe and competent prescribing, and minimize potential for abuse and diversion.
  • Educating patients about their pain to optimize safe and effective multimodal treatment plans.
  • Integrating in-practice concepts from novel programs in the community to address opioid overdose to treat patients with opioid use disorder.
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Consider This ...

The consequences of untreated postpartum depression can be serious. A report from nine maternal mortality review committees in the U.S. found that mental health problems, ranging from depression to substance use or trauma, went unidentified in many cases and were a contributing factor in pregnancy-related deaths

Source: NPR