university of missouri healthcare

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A University of Missouri task force is finalizing the details of a new health care option that will be available to university employees in the Columbia area. The new option will be offered in 2015.

UM System Spokesperson John Fougere said the new option will have lower premium rates, deductibles, and co-pays than the two options currently available for employees. With the new plan, employees will be limited to medical care within the MU Health Care system.

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University of Missouri Health Care will lay off or cut the hours and pay for 35 employees and eliminate 90 unfilled jobs in the coming year.

MU Health Care spokesperson Mary Jenkins told The Columbia Daily Tribune the job losses are due to cuts in federal health care payments from Medicare and the failure of legislators to expand Medicaid eligibility.

She says many of the 90 jobs that will be eliminated have been unfilled for most of the past year.

For the first time, the federal government has released the prices that hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures.

The prices for a given procedure can vary by tens of thousands of dollars.

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Doctor David Fleming of the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine is the new president-elect of the American College of Physicians, the nation's largest medical specialty organization.

Fleming was elected to the post Thursday, and will spend the rest of the year as president-elect until his official term begins in 2014. He says he is already planning for what will be the most pressing aspects of his term.

New clinic to treat sickle cell patients

Oct 12, 2012
Ellis Fischel Cancer Center
KBIA

University of Missouri Health Care is opening a new clinic to treat patients with sickle cell disease.  The clinic will be open the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.

Sickle cell is a genetic disease where red blood cells are in short supply.  According to Children’s Mercy Hospital, most of the treatment centers are aimed toward children. Elizabeth Gunier, a sickle cell coordinator at Women's and Children's Hospital's blood disorder and cancer unit, says the new clinic is specifically for adults.

The University of Missouri Health system has received $13.3 million in federal grant funding for a program that will combine high-tech and on-site primary-care initiatives in healthcare, according to a statement released by the university today.

The so-called LIGHT program is designed to create a specialized workforce in primary care as well as designing enhanced medical records to help patients and healthcare providers better manage care.

The technology component of the program involves a partnership between the Kansas City-based Cerner Corporation and MU.