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  • Congressional Column: Rep. Sam Graves

    Congress Must Stop The Rural Hospital Closure Crisis We have a crisis in rural health care. In my district, which consists of mostly rural areas, we’ve seen several hospitals close or reduce services. Others are doing everything they can to keep the doors open. However, the problem certainly isn’t limited to north Missouri. We are […]

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  • Congressional Column: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II

    MHA invited each member of Missouri’s Congressional Delegation to share a column outlining their health care priorities. Fully addressing positive health outcomes requires concerted focus on access to and affordability of care, social factors contributing to well-being, prevention and intervention education, and quality research. Our nation has complex challenges that must be addressed by looking […]

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  • Congressional Column: Sen. Claire McCaskill

    The Missouri Hospital Association invited each member of Missouri’s Congressional Delegation to share a column outlining their health care priorities. The first column submitted is from Sen. Claire McCaskill. Twelve percent. That’s the average annual price increase for the top 20 most prescribed brand name drugs for seniors, based on a report I released through […]

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  • Throughout the past 16 years, the list of states with more deaths caused by drug overdoses than motor vehicles has grown from four to 39. In 2010, motor vehicle- and drug-induced deaths in Missouri crossed a deadly intersection — drug deaths exceeded traffic fatalities. Opioid-related deaths account for nearly 70 percent of drug overdose deaths in […]

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  • The Economic Cost of the Opioid Epidemic in Missouri

    New research from the Hospital Industry Data Institute found the following: The total economic cost of the opioid epidemic in Missouri was $12.6 billion in 2016. This was 4.2 percent of the state’s total GDP of nearly $300 billion in 2016, ranking 15th highest among 50 states and the District of Columbia. This was 1.3 times the […]

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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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