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January 29, 2013
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  Health Law, Policy and Regulation in the Midwest 
  • Nixon ties Medicaid expansion to receipt of federal funding
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, used his State of the State address Monday to call for expanding Medicaid but tried to appease reluctant state lawmakers by pledging to make it contingent on the receipt of federal funding. Republican state Sen. Brad Lager said a "straight-out expansion of Medicaid" was unlikely as legislators want to manage the increasing costs of the program. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: 9,000 jobs at risk if Mo. does not expand Medicaid
    A report from the Missouri Hospital Association finds that 9,000 jobs would be lost, the insured would shoulder $1.1 billion in extra costs or $1.9 billion in capital investment would be lost if the state does not expand its Medicaid program. Because the Affordable Care Act cuts $4 billion from Missouri hospital payments, association officials said the state must expand Medicaid to recoup the money through higher numbers of covered patients. American City Business Journals/St. Louis/Biz Talk blog (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mo. law may create problems for federal insurance exchange
    A Missouri law requiring voters or state lawmakers to approve a health insurance exchange also prohibits state agencies from helping the government set up a federal exchange without legislative approval. Missouri initially will have a federal exchange, but University of Missouri analyst Bridget Kevin-Myers says the law raises questions about whether plans will be available on the exchange if state insurance regulators can't approve them. National Underwriter Life & Health (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Some nursing schools put focus on doctoral programs
    Some nursing schools are focused on doctoral rather than master's programs for training advanced practice nurses, said Susan Kimble, clinical associate professor and MSN and DNP program director at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing. Judith Fitzgerald Miller, dean of the University of Missouri's Sinclair School of Nursing, said advanced practice nurses will need doctorates "in this complex health care environment." The Kansas City Nursing News (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neb. NP studies exercise compliance in heart failure patients
    University of Nebraska Medical Center nurse practitioner Bunny Pozehl is studying how well heart failure patients adhere to exercise regimens to determine whether working with an exercise specialist helps. She says while working with a specialist may seem like an obvious benefit, it might not be enough to help heart failure patients, who can be fearful of too much exertion, establish exercise habits. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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We have more ability than willpower, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible."
--Fran├žois de la Rochefoucauld,
French writer

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