March 2, 2020
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In This Issue
America’s Essential Hospitals Sponsors Briefing On The Perils Of MFAR
DHSS Adds COVID-19 To Reportable Diseases
Missouri’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week Begins Today
MoDOT Offers Free Training For First Responders
A member briefing call will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, on the COVID-19 virus and Missouri’s preparedness.
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade
America’s Essential Hospitals hosted a well-attended briefing for congressional staff on the profoundly negative impact the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Medicaid Financial Accountability Regulation will have on hospitals, state budgets, and access to health care on Feb. 28 at the Rayburn House Office Building. Panelists providing statements and answering questions included Holly Jarek, vice president and administrator of Seven Hills Pediatric Center in Groton, Mass.; Justin Senior, CEO of Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida; and MHA’s Brian Kinkade on behalf of the Children’s Hospital Association.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Sarah Willson or Jackie Gatz
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued an emergency rule and subsequent proposed rule to update 19 CSR 20-20.020 Reporting Infectious, Contagious, Communicable or Dangerous Diseases to include immediate reporting of the coronavirus disease 2019. The rules are published in the March 2 Missouri Register. The emergency rule is in effect until Friday, Aug. 7. The proposed rule includes a 30-day open comment period. Hospitals can send comments to Adam Crumbliss, Director, Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Stacie Hollis
Severe weather can strike at any time in Missouri, making it important for us all to be prepared. Missouri will hold its annual statewide tornado drill at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3. The statewide drill provides an opportunity to test planning and readiness, so Missourians feel confident and prepared in the event of actual sever weather. When severe weather moves into Missouri, MHA is equipped with several established communication systems for advance notification. Through EMResource, health care leaders are notified when weather is impacting a specific region or the state. In the event a hospital or health care facility is impacted, mass notification can be sent through eICS so regional partners can help coordinate resources post-event. Hospitals and health care coalition partners also continually test other forms of redundant communication, such as various radio networks, with a focus on the Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network.
MHA will be participating in the statewide drill, and Missouri hospitals and health care facilities are encouraged to participate, as well.
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Staff Contact: Dave Dillon
Workplace fatigue is a common complaint among shift workers. First responders work long, sometimes rotating shifts and are required to respond to emergent situations while under significant time, pressure and stress.
The Missouri Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office is sponsoring several trainings throughout the state for all first responders. The training is free and provides education on how to increase health and productivity, as well as how to keep everyone safe on the roads.
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This week is Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. Each of Missouri’s 99 rural counties is a designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Area, and with just 3.7% of the recommended
supply filled, Missouri faces the largest shortage of behavioral health care providers in the U.S.
Source: Missouri Hospital Association