MHA Today | December 9, 2019

December 9, 2019
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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December 9, 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
Congressional Leaders Announce Compromise On Surprise Billing Legislation
DHSS Asks Mandated Reporters To Report Online
MHA Releases Trajectories, Highlights Missouri’s Birth Story
CDC Releases Updated Information On E-cigarette Use
Fitzgibbon Hospital Names New President And CEO

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Advocate
state and federal health policy developments


Congressional Leaders Announce Compromise On Surprise Billing Legislation

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Congressional leaders unveiled a proposed legislative compromise accord on several health care issues, the most notable of which is surprise billing. A summary has been released, but no legislative text.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


DHSS Asks Mandated Reporters To Report Online

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services implemented a new online reporting system for cases of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of the elderly and adults with disabilities. As an alternative to calling the Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline, mandated reporters and the public can use the new online reporting system, which is a secure, encrypted database available 24/7. The department is asking all mandated reporters to report online, allowing for greater public access of the hotline. The department developed a promotional flyer for educating staff.

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Quality and Population Health


MHA Releases Trajectories, Highlights Missouri’s Birth Story

Staff Contact: Alison Williams
Trajectories: Maternal Mortality
Missouri’s maternal mortality rate — currently a staggering 40.7 deaths per 100,000 live births, with a state rank of 44th in the nation — represents a call to action to improve maternal health outcomes. MHA published a report today outlining several strategies stakeholders currently are undertaking to address the state’s high rate of maternal mortality, and maternity- and childbirth-related illness.

The December 2019 issue of Trajectories highlights three actions within the span of control for providers to improve maternal health outcomes — avoiding the Three Delays, implementing evidence-based patient safety bundles and examining the effect of four different bias types. Also found throughout the publication are stories of action and hope — people and organizations working to prevent and mitigate severe maternal morbidity and mortality in Missouri.

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CDC Releases Updated Information On E-cigarette Use

Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Tiffany Bowman

Patients that have been hospitalized following e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated with lung injury in Illinois and Wisconsin have been reported as also using an array of tetrahydrocannabinol-containing products in the three months before the illness. The most common brand of product being reported was “dank vapes;” however, there were other products used with regional trends. There were numerous other THC-containing products reportedly being used by hospitalized patients, and the data suggests the outbreak may have heightened in mid-September. Further, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are exploring the link between EVALI and vitamin E acetate. The full report outlining the number of EVALI illnesses and deaths, now impacting all 50 states, is available.

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CEO Announcements


Fitzgibbon Hospital Names New President And CEO

Staff Contact: Carol Boessen

Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Mo., announced that Angela Littrell, current chief financial officer and chief operating officer, will succeed Dr. Darin Haug as president and CEO in February 2020. Dr. Haug has served as president and CEO since May 2015, and will return to his former role as chief medical officer and emergency department medical director at Fitzgibbon Hospital.

Littrell joined Fitzgibbon Hospital in June 2014 after serving as director of physician services at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo., since 1998. A list of CEO changes is available online.

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Consider This ...

Each year, about 11,500 people in the U.S. are treated in emergency departments for injuries related to snow shoveling. On average, 100 of those injuries are fatal, generally from heart attacks.

Source: The Washington Post