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25 Oct 2013 08:35 CST

The Center's Health Policy Summit, "Moving Beyond Politics," is featured on


11th Annual Health Policy Summit Focuses on Health Care Reform

09 Oct 2013 08:10 CST

As Missouri and the nation begin enrolling citizens in the health insurance marketplace, leading health care reform and health information technology thinkers will converge on Columbia for the 11th annual Missouri Health Policy Summit. Hosted by the University of Missouri Center for Health Policy, the summit, "Moving Beyond Politics: Meaningful Health Reform for Missouri Communities," will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center at 3300 Vandiver Drive in Columbia.


Dentzer Headlines Summit 2013, the Marketplace Launches and More Center News

03 Oct 2013 08:10 CST

From the October issue of the Center's e-newsletter, RWJF Senior Policy Adviser Susan Dentzer headlines the 2013 Missouri Health Policy Summit, the Health Insurance Marketplace launches, and a new report from the Missouri Hospital Association provides a solution to troubling health outcomes.


Impact Summer 2013 Edition Out Now

04 Sep 2013 09:10 CST

Impact, the Center's online health policy magazine is out now. Features include MIssouri's preparations for climate change and the impact on residents' health, Summit 2013, and an interview with OSEDA Director (Interim) Dr. Tracy Greever-Rice, PhD, MS.


Less than 60 Days until Summit 2013

26 Aug 2013 08:00 CST

The clock is ticking for the 2013 Missouri Health Policy Summit. Don't miss keynote speakers Susan Dentzer, policy analyst for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and PBS NewsHour commentator; Daphne Miller, MD, family physician, author and professor, University of California San Francisco; and Stephen McHale, CEO of big data business intelligence company, Explorys.


Most St. Louis Hospitals Show Improved Readmission Rates

06 Aug 2013 14:00 CST

Most hospitals in the St. Louis region are improving their readmission rates among Medicare patients. Center Director Karen Edison, MD, shares the benefits and potential unintended consequences in this article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Center Offers Country's First Certified Health Literacy Training

25 July 2013 10:00 CST

Course will teach health providers to improve communication with patients and families.


Reports Highlight Health Disparities among Blacks and Hispanics in Missouri

06 June 2013 17:00 CST

New data on health outcomes among African Americans and Hispanics in Missouri were released in Columbia, as part of a health equity forum hosted by the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Missouri Health Equity Collaborative.


Edison Discusses Telemedicine on NPR's Talk of the Nation

14 May 2013 11:00 CST

CHP Director Karen Edison, MD is a well-known leader in teledermatology and has used the technology to address gaps in access to health care in Missouri since the early 1990s. In "The Promise and Limitations of Telemedicine," Edison discusses telehealth with NPR's Neal Conan on "Talk of the Nation."


Navigators and the Online Health Insurance Marketplace

8 May 2013 11:00 CST

In an interview with KBIA, Center Associate Director Stan Hudson discusses one key provision of the Affordable Care Act: the online health insurance marketplace. With over $1M in funding for "navigators," these new health insurance educators will help raise awareness and inform individuals about their health care options. Funding was recently announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


Clear Communication Can Help Dermatologists and Patients

1 May 2013 11:00 CST

Center Director Karen Edison, MD, highlights the importance of health literacy for dermatologists in a new article published today in Dermatology World. In "Demystifying the diagnosis," Edison says health care providers should also bear in mind that a patient or caregiver's health literacy level can change over time and within the context of a situation.


Hudson Discusses Market-Based Medicaid Expansion

10 April 2013 09:00 CST

From KCUR: Associate Director Stan Hudson discusses new market-based alternatives proposed by Missouri legislators in response to Medicaid expansion.


April E-Update

4 April 2013 11:30 CST

The Center's April E-Update covers health legislation in Jefferson City, Sedalia businesses supporting breastfeeding and new County Health Rankings.


Medicaid Expansion Still Up in the Air

28 March 2013 11:30 CST

Debate still continues whether Missouri will take the Medicaid Expansion created through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Center Director Karen Edison, MD, recently commented on the implications with KBIA's Harum Helmy.


Plain Talk with Docs Can Improve Health in Missouri

22 March 2013 10:35 CST

The Center for Health Policy at the University of Missouri (CHP) announces its new Health Literacy Quality Improvement Module for physicians. The year-long program provides health care professionals and their practices the tools they need to communicate effectively with patients, family members, and caregivers. Successful graduates of the program earn board certification credits and create customized tools to improve patients’ health and understanding, which in turn improves patient satisfaction with their health care.


Health Insurance Marketplaces: Questions and Answers from CMS

12 March 2013 02:30 CST

Many Americans pay for health insurance out-of-pocket or go without coverage due to cost. As part of the Affordable Care Act, these Americans will soon have access to a complete Health Insurance Marketplace in October. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a fact sheet about the new Health Insurance Marketplace and answers commonly asked questions.


Center Awarded New Contract for Meaningful Analysis on Medicaid Claims Data

12 March 2013 10:30 CST

Center for Health Policy Director Karen Edison, MD, announced a new contract for nearly $300,000 to support the Center’s collaborative work on the MU MO HealthNet Data Project. The MU MO HealthNet Data Project is a collaboration between the Center for Health Policy, the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) at the University of Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Social Services, MO HealthNet Division.


Impact Winter 2013: Health Policy 10 Years On

26 February 2013 02:00 CST

Ten years after the first Missouri Health Policy Summit, the Winter 2013 issue of Impact examines where we have been, where we are now, and where we will go. Features also include the Health Literacy Program Improvement Module and a discussion with Healthy Community Initiative collaborator Molly Vetter-Smith, PhD.


Edison Discusses Medicaid Expansion on KBIA's Intersection

12 February 2013 03:45 CST

KBIA's talk show, "Intersection" hosted Center Director Karen Edison, MD on the February 11th program covering Medicaid expansion in Missouri. Dr. Edison discussed the implications with fellow panelist Rep. Keith Frederick (R-Rolla), chair of the Missouri House of Representatives Health Care Policy Committee.


CHP Awarded New Contract to Understand & Eliminate Health Disparities in Missouri

07 February 2013 01:25 CST

Center Director Karen Edison, MD, recently announced receipt of a new contract from the Missouri Foundation for Health for almost $500,000 to help understand and eliminate health disparities in Missouri. The contract supports the Center’s Missouri Health Equity Collaborative (MOHEC).


Better Talk for Better Care: New Date Set for Groundbreaking Training Program with Time Limited Free Offer

07 February 2013 01:25 CST

Physicians can get a step-up on their maintenance of certification (MOC) credits while improving their patients’ understanding and adherence to treatment. Through the Center’s Health Literacy Quality Improvement Module this March, health care providers spend one day learning proven practices that enhance patient/provider communication.


Edison Discusses Medicaid Expansion with CATV

05 February 2013 03:00 CST

Recently, Center Director Karen Edison, MD, sat down for Columbia Access Television's "League of Women Voters Presents," to discuss Medicaid Expansion in Missouri. In the 27-minute video, Dr. Edison explained what the proposed expansion could mean for health care systems in Missouri and our residents.


Hudson Featured by KBIA on Prop E, Health Information Exchange

31 January 2013 10:00 CST

Associate Director Stan Hudson discussed some of the confusion surrounding Proposition E from the 2012 Missouri ballot as part of KBIA's Health and Wealth story, "How Prop E did more than just stop Gov. Nixon from creating a state health exchange."


The Fiscal Cliff's Impact on Health Care and More News in the January E-Update

14 January 2013 3:00 CST

How health care will be affected by the fiscal cliff legislation has been on the minds of many health care administrators. Learn how this legislation impacts Missouri and more in the January 2013 E-update.


Video Highlights from Summit 2012

11 December 2012 10:45 CST

Selected videos from the Tenth Anniversary Missouri Health Policy Summit are now available on Vimeo and YouTube.


CHP Announces Two New Mizzou Advantage Grants

10 December 2012 11:00 CST

The Center for Health Policy proudly announces two new grants from Mizzou Advantage for its Healthy Community Initiative and the i2B2 project.


Gov. Nixon Announces Support for Medicaid Expansion

04 December 2012 10:45 CST

From the St. Louis Beacon, Governor Nixon recently announced his support for expansion of the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.


Dr. Edison's Role in National Health Policy Highlighted by Heartland Telehealth Resource Center

20 November 2012 10:15 CST

CHP Director Dr. Karen Edison was recently featured by the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center for her role in making telehealth reimbursement possible.


Election 2012, 10th Anniversary Summit and more - news from the CHP E-update

07 November 2012 2:00 CST

CHP's November e-newsletter is now posted. Get the latest updates on Election 2012, read highlights from the 10th Annual Missouri Health Policy Summit and more.


"The cost of connecting doctors with rural patients electronically"

31 October 2012 12:00 CST

CHP's Dr. Karen Edison is featured in this news story on the value of telehealth from KBIA.


Tenth Annual Health Policy Summit Tackles Health Care Reform

9 October 2012 10:20 CST

The 10th Anniversary Missouri Health Policy Summit features national experts to explore reform, costs and innovative models for delivering effective care. 


CHP discusses health care law

10 September 2012 10:10 CST

From the Maneater, CHP Director Karen Edison, MD and Associate Director Stan Hudson offered insights and information at a recent panel on health care reform during a Tigers Against Partisan Politics event. 


Impact Summer 2012 released

06 September 2012 10:10 CST

The summer installment of Impact 2012 is now available online. From CHP news items to highlights from the Healthy Lives, Healthy Communities conference, learn more about our health policy programs and the issues that matter.


Health literacy news and more featured in September E-update

05 September 2012 2:35 CST

Stories from the September edition of the CHP e-update: Improve patient satisfaction scores through CHP's health literacy quality improvement program; Jay Angoff, HHS Region VII Acting Director to headline Summit 2012; and health literacy in action, a conversation with Nick Butler.


MOHEC Regional Mtg Announced for Columbia

17 August 2012 2:35 CST

Join members of the Missouri Health Equity Collaborative (MOHEC) for a new regional meeting, "Building Health Equity in Mid-Missouri," on September 19th in Columbia. Participants include representatives from Photovoice Missouri, a youth-driven advocacy project in communities around the state; PedNet, a nonprofit organization working to build more healthy and active communities in the region, and from MOHEC itself, which will share recent findings from studies with newcomer populations and Missourians who have experienced mental illness.


August E-update

08 August 2012 2:00 CST

The latest news from CHP is available online. Stories feature Joe Flower, health care futurist and Summit 2012 speaker; health equity videos from the Healthy Lives, Healthy Communities conference; and telemedicine trainings in Kansas City from the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center.


A New Roadmap to Train America's Health Care Workforce

26 July 2012 1:00 CST

The AAMC and ASPH recently released a new resource, "Cultural Competence Education for Students in Medicine and Public Health," to better align education programs in medicine and public health, and to best prepare tomorrow's health care workforce for an increasingly diverse world.


Healthy Lives, Healthy Communities Videos Now Online

24 July 2012 9:00 CST

Did you miss the MOHEC conference, "Healthy Lives, Healthy Communities," in April? Videos of the featured speakers are now available online.


July E-Update

16 July 2012 12:00 CST

Catch the latest summer news from the Center. Highlights include the Supreme Court ruling, more HIT money to Missouri providers and Glen Nowak, PhD, featured speaker at the 10th Annual Health Policy Summit.


More work ahead: Edison featured in article on SCOTUS decision

29 June 2012 9:00 CST

The recent U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act isn't an end to the nation's health policy work. CHP Director Karen Edison, MD discusses implications and next steps in this article from the Columbia Daily Tribune.


Rising health care costs and the ACA

22 June 2012 10:40 CST

Will the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the health care law impact rising health care costs? CHP Director Karen Edison, MD, discusses some of the issues in this article from the Columbia Daily Tribune.


Health Literacy QI Program date rescheduled for July

07 May 2012 10:40 CST

The next Health Literacy Quality Improvement (QI) program for family medicine has been rescheduled for July 14.


New Health Literacy Quality Improvement Program date set and other news highlights

03 May 2012 12:00 CST

In the latest edition of the CHP e-newsletter, we review highlights from the recent Missouri health equity conference, new data from County Health Rankings, an MU storytelling project on mental health and the latest dates for our health literacy quality improvement training program.


Health equity conference featured on KBIA

02 May 2012 10:15 CST

The recent "Healthy Lives, Healthy Communities" conference and keynote speakers, Thomas LaVeist, PhD, and Dr. Darrell Kirch, were featured by KBIA's Jacob Fenston.


Conferences on health care law announced

28 Mar 2012 09:15 CST

As part of Mizzou Advantage, the Missouri Health Care Reform Network will host a series of conferences in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and via ITV/telecast.


STL Beacon features CHP in story on clear communication

15 Mar 2012 03:00 CST

CHP Director Karen Edison, MD and Associate Director Stan Hudson discuss the plain language provisions in place due to the health care law.


Edison featured in story from The Heartland Institute

05 Mar 2012 03:32 CST

CHP Director Karen Edison, MD, discusses the state's health information exchange in "Missouri May Put Exchange Implementation on Ballot," from The Heartland Institute.


Registration open for "Healthy Lives, Healthy Communities," Missouri's health equity conference

29 Feb 2012 02:50 CST
Join the Missouri Health Equity Collaborative (MOHEC) for "Healthy Lives, Healthy Communities: Building Health Equity One Community at a Time," on April 27. Featured speakers include Dr. Thomas LaVeist (Johns Hopkins University) and Dr. Darrell Kirch (AAMC).


New Training Date Set for Health Literacy Maintenance of Certification Program

14 Dec 2011 02:50 CST
The Center for Health Policy announces a new training date for the Health Literacy Maintenance of Certification training program in February 2012. Don't miss the introductory pricing and register early.

Presentations from MOHEC Regional Meeting in Kansas City Now Available

14 Dec 2011 10:00 CST
Did you miss the health equity meeting, Building Health Equity in the Kansas City Region, last week? Presentations from the meeting are now available online.

Edison featured in article about hospital's decision to scale back

08 Dec 2011 12:30 CST
In this article from, CHP's Karen Edison, MD, discusses the decision of Shriners Hospital for Children to scale back its building plans as more evidence of the changing nature of health care.

EHRs are here to stay, no matter the decision on health care reform

08 Dec 2011 12:20 CST
MoHIT Project Director Nancie McAnaugh is featured in this article on "Health system reform moves forward despite controversy and legal challenge," from the St. Louis Beacon. In the article, McAnaugh discusses the ongoing need for health care training on EHRs as more providers make the switch.

December CHP E-newsletter: ACA spotlight, Summit '11 videos and MOHEC KC regional meeting featured

02 Dec 2011 11:45 CST
In the latest issue of the CHP e-newsletter, we examine the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) new data collection measures designed to reduce health disparities, share the latest videos from Summit '11, and discuss the upcoming MOHEC health equity regional meeting in Kansas City.

Summit '11 video from NYTimes' columist David Brooks now available

10 Nov 2011 12:49:00 CST
The Center for Health Policy is pleased to offer a complimentary video recording of its Ninth Annual Health Policy Summit keynote speaker, David Brooks, renowned columnist for The New York Times. Please note, this video is only available for 90 days. Don't miss his insights and observations on health policy, human behavior and the implications for health care advocates.

MOC Health Literacy Training Program Approved By ABIM

09 Nov 2011 12:27:00 CST
The Center for Health Policy is pleased to announce its Health Literacy Maintenance of Certification program has been approved by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Now physicians can earn all 20 MOCs while learning and implementing evidence-based health literacy tools in their own health care practices.

Miss the Ninth Annual Health Policy Summit? Check out the presentations, photos and Twitter discussion

04 Nov 2011 09:45:00 CST
Did you miss the Missouri Health Policy Summit last week? Materials from the event are now available for download. Check out presentations from Harold Miller; Ron Honberg, JD; Mary Becker; and Jack Colwill, MD. A transcript of the Twitter conversation and photos from the event are also available.

Summit '11, Hudson Named to Emerging Leadership Program, and the End of the CLASS Act: The November E-Newsletter is Out

03 Nov 2011 09:45:00 CST
The latest edition of the CHP e-newsletter is out. Features include a wrap up of the Ninth Annual Health Policy Summit, Associate Director Stan Hudson's selection for the emerging leadership program, and a discussion of the end of the CLASS Act.

CHP Summit featured in KBIA article, "Paying for Quality, Not Quantity"

31 Oct 2011 09:45:00 CST
Harold Miller, keynote speaker of the Ninth Annual Missouri Health Policy Summit, is featured in this article and audio report from KBIA's Jacob Fenston.


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