MHA Today | April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020


MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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April 20, 2020

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

In This Issue
Missouri Medicaid Enrollment Grows Sharply In March
HIDI Releases First Quarter FFY 2020 Inpatient, Outpatient Databases
HIDI HealthStats Announces exploreMOhealth Data Refresh

What You Need To Know This Week

COVID-19 Updates


For the latest updates and most current information on coronavirus disease 2019, visit MHA's website.

state and federal health policy developments

Missouri Medicaid Enrollment Grows Sharply In March

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

Missouri's Medicaid caseload grew in March by 12,848 to 861,000. This is the largest one-month increase in the past 5 years. The number of children covered increased by more than 9,000.

The dramatic increase is not unexpected. The Family First Coronavirus Response Act requires states to not remove participants from the Medicaid rolls while the federal emergency declaration remains in effect unless the participant dies, moves from the state or requests that their coverage end as a condition of accepting enhanced Medicaid matching funds for COVID-19 relief. Missouri is accepting the enhanced matching funds and as a result, has suspended eligibility reverification actions as of March 18. The economic downturn also will contribute to robust Medicaid caseload growth in the coming months.

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HIDI Tech Connect

HIDI Releases First Quarter FFY 2020 Inpatient, Outpatient Databases

Staff Contact: Shane VanOverschelde

The first quarter federal fiscal year 2020 inpatient and outpatient databases, including HIDI-reporting hospitals in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas City, Kansas, are now available for download to subscribers of the Premier Data Package on HIDI Analytic Advantage®. The databases consist of a patient-level limited dataset, including all HIDI-reported discharges and visits to hospitals. Files are delivered as both text files and ready-to-query Microsoft Access database files. The files are located in “Strategic Planning\Premier Data” and are organized in the following categories.

  • Q1 FFY2020, Inpatient
  • Q1 FFY2020, Outpatient Classified
  • Q1 FFY2020, Outpatient Unclassified

Hospitals interested in subscribing to the 2020 HIDI Premier Data Package should review the package information. Current subscribers with questions about downloading files should contact HIDI.

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HIDI HealthStats Announces exploreMOhealth Data Refresh

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead
3D Rendering of HIDI HealthStats April Issue
On April 6, the community health needs assessment platform was updated with the most recent Missouri ZIP Health Rankings data to reflect the information on the health and social well-being of populations living in 942 Missouri ZIP codes. The latest ZHR data were generated by Missouri hospitals between fiscal years 2017 and 2019, and by the 2018 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau.

In addition to updating the ZIP code-level data, new county-level data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2020 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program now are available on exploreMOhealth, in addition to the Missouri Foundation for Health’s 2016 Missouri County-Level Study data.

Community health stakeholders from a variety of disciplines — hospitals, regional health commissions, local public health and community action organizations — use the site to gain hyperlocal insights on the health and social well-being of their communities. Learn more in the this month's issue of HIDI HealthStats.

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Consider This ...

Gov. Mike Parson's framework for reopening Missouri includes rapid expansion of the state's testing capacity for COVID-19 infection. Missouri can currently test up to approximately 7,000 people a day for COVID-19, and the goal is to be able to do 10,000 tests a day.

Source: Jefferson City News Tribune