Rural Health Care: Its Effect On Rural Communities

The U.S. health care environment is undergoing profound change as it evolves into an industry that emphasizes better access, lower costs and higher quality. Making the health care environment more dynamic, seniors comprise the largest and fastest growing segment in the U.S. population, in a trend known as the “Silver Tsunami.” As the demand for health care continues to grow with the aging population, rural communities face complex challenges to successfully manage the transition to a high-performing health care delivery system in this new environment. 

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Alarming Trends In Hospital Utilization For Opioid Overuse In Missouri

According to a recent national study, inpatient hospitalizations for opioid overuse among adults in the U.S. have increased 153 percent throughout the last 20 years. Missouri has not been shielded from these national trends.

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Asthma In Missouri

Asthma is the most-commonly diagnosed chronic condition for pediatric patients in hospital settings in Missouri. Throughout fiscal year 2014, more than 304,000 Missouri children ages 0 to 17 were treated in a hospital, with more than 847,000 encounters. Read the full report about hospital utilization for pediatric asthma. 

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Missouri Health Matters

Without Medicaid reform, Missouri will continue to lose billions in federal funding to strengthen the state’s health care system and bring access to health insurance to hundreds of thousands of Missourians.

Since Jan. 1, 2014, inaction has cost Missouri:


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