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  • Drug Deaths Increase Among Middle-Aged, White Missourians

    New research from the Hospital Industry Data Institute finds that drugs caused more than three-quarters of the increase in the overall mortality rates for Missouri white males since 1999. In 2015, populationwide, white males ages 25 to 55 had a drug-induced death rate 43 percent higher than the expected rate, while non-white males had a […]

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  • Opioid Crisis’ Youngest Victims

    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Increases 538 Percent Throughout Decade New Missouri-specific research finds that the growth in opioid abuse in the state parallels an alarming upward trend in newborns — neonatal abstinence syndrome. Researchers from the Hospital Industry Data Institute reviewed hospital diagnostic codes for all Missouri births between 2006 and 2016, and found a 538 […]

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  • Court’s Ruling On Missouri Medical Liability Law Increases Health Care Costs

    The men and women who serve on the frontlines of health care do heroic work. They deliver lifesaving care with compassion and dedication. And, they serve under immense pressure. Health care workers are at risk. A 2014 court decision requires hospitals to extend their liability insurance coverage to protect themselves from lawsuits filed against nonemployees […]

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  • Hospitals Build A Healthier Missouri

    Hospitals’ community investments improve health, strengthen the economy, improve quality of life and ensure a healthy workforce.  Using the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower cost as a guide, hospitals are delivering value in communities throughout the state. The Missouri Hospital Association released their annual Community Investment Report, which outlines hospitals’ value to […]

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  • Surge In Drug-Affected Newborns Driven By Rural Opioid Use

    “A surge in U.S infants born with symptoms of withdrawal from heroin or strong prescription painkillers is driven largely by rising drug use among women in rural areas, a new study found. The problem in urban and rural areas was about the same in 2004 — about 1 in 1,000 births were affected. But by […]

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  • Drug-Addiction Epidemic Creates Crisis in Foster Care

    The nation’s drug-addiction epidemic is driving a dramatic increase in the number of children entering foster care, forcing many states to take urgent steps to care for neglected children. Several states, such as New Hampshire and Vermont, have either changed laws to make it possible to pull children out of homes where parents are addicted, […]

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  • Flu Season Facts

    Flu season is here. Get informed on flu season facts and get your flu shot before it’s too late! Influenza activity generally begins to increase in October and peaks between December and March. Long flu seasons can last through May. More than 116 million doses of the influenza vaccine have been shipped to health care […]

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  • Missouri’s Opioid Crisis

    According to Kaiser Health News, about 30,000 people die annually from opioid overdose — overdoses of heroin or prescription painkillers including oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl. Nearly 1,000 of those deaths occur each year in Kansas and Missouri. Throughout the last decade, abuse of opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine and morphine, has skyrocketed 137 […]

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  • Mapping Missouri’s Health Care Workforce

    Hospitals throughout the nation are facing a significant challenge recruiting and retaining qualified health care workers in a highly competitive labor market. Missouri is no different. Here are some quick facts from a report released by the Missouri Hospital Association on the state’s health care workforce.  Nearly one in four jobs created so far in […]

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  • The Addiction Crisis in Missouri

    A recent article in Governing Magazine revealed the advancement in treatment of and recovery from opioid and heroin addiction made in states that have accepted Medicaid Expansion.  This analysis highlights the lack of progress made in Missouri because our state government has thus far rejected Medicaid Expansion, instead sending Missouri taxpayers’ dollars to subsidize programs […]

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