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November 27, 2012
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  Health Law, Policy and Regulation in the Midwest 
  • Mo. lawmakers, hospitals at odds over Medicaid expansion
    Missouri Republican lawmakers say the state does not have any way to pay for expanded Medicaid eligibility that would not mean less money for schools and other programs. Hospitals in the state, however, say failure to expand the program as part of the Affordable Care Act would mean a loss of funding that could force some facilities to close. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS gives hospitals maximum penalties to curb readmissions
    Medicare is taking the maximum 1% penalty from 307 of 2,217 hospitals identified as having readmission rates that are too high as part of the Affordable Care Act's push to rein in Medicare spending increases and prevent unneeded care. The loss for Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis could total $2 million this year, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lynch said the hospital can accept that loss in the short term, but losses "will probably take resources away from other key patient programs" if they continue. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing and Medical Science 
  • Ill. nurses make home visits to help discharged patients
    Nurse care managers from Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., make home visits to discharged patients to help them manage their health care and medications to ensure they do not have to return to the hospital. Administrative coordinator Julie Shepard said the program provides a bridge between discharge and the next visit to a doctor's office. The Quincy Herald-Whig (Ill.) (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. nurse sees value of pediatric hospice services
    Pediatric hospice nurse Mary Spicketts says her job is not an easy one, but she takes satisfaction in working with patients and families. Spicketts, pediatric program director for Hospice of Michigan, says her experience has shown her how important pediatric hospice services are, and she finds children facing death are "amazing individuals who really just inspire you and keep you motivated to keep going." (Michigan) (free registration) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Care News 
  • Mo. hospitals use advertising to compete, brand, educate
    Hospitals and health care systems in St. Louis advertise in multiple formats to promote their brands and services in a competitive market, but some health experts question the level of spending, especially by nonprofits. St. Louis University Hospital has reduced its ad spending, but spokeswoman Laura Keller said it helps to remind people about the health care choices available. David Dillon of the Missouri Hospital Association said education is at the heart of hospitals' mission, and marketing is a part of that. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  MONA News 
  • Barrier-free care for Missouri
    Many of the elements and recommendations of the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing are reflected in our ongoing work to advance the nursing profession. Implementation of IOM Recommendation 1: Remove scope-of-practice barriers is a current focus for MONA. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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