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A COMMUNITY-WIDE HEALTH CRISIS: The Opioid Epidemic The Opioid Epidemic is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths across the United States annually. In 2015, heroin overdose deaths rose 23%, and deaths from synthetic opioids, such as illicit fentanyl, rose by 73%. The epidemic needs to be met head on, with public discussion and a search for effective solutions. At the summit, medical experts that have worked for years combating addiction, studying its causes, and working to lessen the grip that addiction has had on so many Americans, will be present to speak and answer questions from the audience. Date: Friday, November 10th Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST Location: Bryant Audit

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program Accepting Applications

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has announced the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program (Outreach Program) is accepting applications through December 6, 2017. Applicants must be: Located in a rural county or eligible census tract A rural public or nonprofit private entity Part of a consortium with at least two additional organizations Not a previous Outreach grantee for the same or similar project It is anticipated successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 a year for three years to implement evidence-based or promising practice models that will increase access to health care in rural communities. For more information on how to apply to the Outreach Program, plea

Medicare Open Enrollment Underway

Open Enrollment for 2018 Medicare health and drug plans began October 15 and ends December 7, 2017. Plan costs and covered benefits can change from year to year. Individuals with Medicare should look at their coverage choices and decide the options that best fits their health needs. For more information, they can visit Medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE. Medicare participants who do not wish to change their current coverage do not need to re-enroll. For more information on the premiums and costs of 2018 Medicare health and drug plans, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-Coverage/PrescriptionDrugCovGenIn/index.html. For a fact sheet on Medicare Advantage and Part D

Medicaid Tips on Immunizations and Pharmacy

MO HealthNet recently posted two tips for providers on immunizations and pharmacy dispensing fees. The department's Hot Tips can be found online here. Immunizations MO HealthNet providers billing vaccines for dual eligible participants shall bill Medicare for all vaccines. Vaccine coverage under Medicare Part B includes the pneumococcal, influenza, and Hepatitis B vaccines for individuals at high or intermediate risk, and vaccines directly related to the treatment of an injury or direct exposure to a disease or condition. Other vaccines not covered by Part B are covered by Medicare Part D (pharmacy benefit). When a provider cannot bill the Part D plan directly, the vaccine should be dispens

ICD-10 Updates Effective October 1

On October 1, Mo HealthNet will implement the ICD-10 changes that are effective for dates of service on or after October 1, 2017. The update includes the Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) diagnosis code changes and the Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) surgical procedure code changes. CMS' final addendum with information on changes to ICD-10 can be found here.

KBIA News Story- Federal Funding Cuts Could Hurt Missouri Hospitals

Check out KBIA's interview with the Missouri Hospital Association and Citizens Memorial Hospital on the impact of federal DSH cuts on rural hospitals and communities. You can also find the story at: http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-federal-funding-cuts-could-hurt-missouri-hospitals#stream/0 Talking Politics: Federal Funding Cuts Could Hurt Missouri Hospitals By BEATRIZ COSTA LIMA Congress missed the deadline to delay federal funding cuts to hospitals last week. Without a solution, many Missouri hospitals could be hit hard. The Disproportionate Share Hospital Program, also known as “DSH,” is a federal funding program that helps offset the costs for hospitals that serve uninsured patien

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