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At-Risk Patient Populations


While various criteria are used to identify hospital super-utilizers, it is estimated that they collectively account for 4% to 8% of all patients, and 21% to 28% of all ED utilization. Super-utilizers typically have a variety of clinical, social and behavioral complexities that add extreme difficulty in the design of interventions. Successful interventions have focused on pain management, mental illness and substance abuse among patients by investing in integrated care delivery models that provide medical, social and mental health supports. During FY 2016 in Missouri, 20,655 patients with 10 or more ED and inpatient visits accounted for 1.6% of patients, 12% of all inpatient and ED visits, and nearly $3 billion in hospital charges.

Crime Victims

Hospitals play an important role in the treatment of crime victims. Victims of violent and nonviolent crimes seek mental and physical help for injuries, as well as forensic evidence collection. In addition, hospital employees are all too often victims of crime.

  • Under the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes Law of 1997, a victim is a person who has suffered serious bodily harm or impairment to one’s health, which is attributed directly to a violent crime, or to an individual who has died as a result of such crime.
  • All states and the federal government have passed laws to establish and require a set of victims’ rights, including but not limited to respect, dignity, fairness, privacy, limited involvement in law enforcement, timely information and protection from the accused. Ultimately, victims’ rights depend on the laws of the jurisdiction where the crime is investigated and prosecuted.

History of crime victims legislation in missouri

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Jackie Gatz

Vice President of Safety and Preparedness
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Sarah Willson

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