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January 15, 2013
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  Health Law, Policy and Regulation in the Midwest 
  • Gov. Nixon makes Medicaid expansion priority in 2nd term
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat in a state with Republican supermajorities in the House and Senate, begins his second term by indicating he may be more aggressive, including stating his support for expanding the state's Medicaid program. Nixon said persuading lawmakers to expand Medicaid would be an "education process." He said that because the federal government pays the full cost for three years, expansion would mean $1.28 billion a year in federal funds for Missouri. St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Political Fix blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mo. health systems part of ACO testing programs
    Missouri health systems are participating in accountable care organization projects to test the new care coordination and provider payment system. Mercy Health began participating in a CMS pilot in 2005. An official with the system said higher quality of care meant higher costs, at least in the short term. Mercy has been named among more than 100 participants in the next ACO initiative, which will emphasize preventive care and early intervention. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NP's teen runaway program could become model for Minn.
    Minnesota nurse practitioner Laurel Edinburgh helped establish an intervention program for sexually exploited teens. The program could become a model for the state as it creates a network intended to help young victims of sex trafficking. Edinburgh said she began working on the project after caring for girls who were sexually exploited and lacked support or connections to families, schools and other institutions. "I felt that these were girls that were slipping through the cracks, and they shouldn't have been," she said. Minnesota Public Radio (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nurses' study examines automated calls for improving adherence
    The use of an automated calling system alone or coupled with nurse guidance improved adherence to oral chemotherapy regimen, Michigan State University researchers reported in the journal Cancer Nursing. Nurses can help ensure that patients and families understand the instructions for oral chemotherapy drugs, researcher and nursing professor Barbara Given said. The study supports the use of automated calls as a tool to help promote adherence, lead researcher and assistant professor of nursing Sandra Spoelstra said. (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Care News 
  • Experts call for better mental health policies in Mo., Kan.
    Health care experts in Missouri and Kansas say policy changes are needed to stop a revolving door for mental health patients and ensure people committed by the state for evaluation are kept long enough to be helped. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback endorsed adding $10 million for mental health services for the most at-risk residents. Kansas cut $14.3 million from mental health centers in the past four years while Missouri reduced funding by more than $21 million. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Northwest Ind. hospitals lack a pediatric ICU, data show
    Northwest Indiana hospitals do not have a pediatric intensive care unit and must send critically ill young patients to facilities in Chicago, Indianapolis or South Bend, Ind., Indiana University Northwest data show. Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond closed its PICU in 2004 because poor reimbursement, mainly from Medicaid, meant it could not staff the unit with specialists and subspecialists needed to treat critically ill children. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (1/12) 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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