RHC COVID-19 Emergency Fund

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) recognizes the burden placed on our health care community to respond to our most vulnerable populations during this crisis. With the board approval of the $300,000 RHC COVID-19 Emergency Fund, the RHC supports the continued access to care for uninsured patients…

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Coronavirus notebook: North city testing site added, $15M in funding committed

Coronavirus notebook: North city testing site added, $15M in funding committed

ST. LOUIS, March 31, 2020 – Another testing site for COVID-19 is ramping up as the coronavirus continues to spread across the St. Louis region. Nonprofit health center operator Affinia Healthcare on Thursday will open an appointment-only COVID-19 testing station at its 1717 Biddle St. location in north St. Louis, supported in part by the St. Louis Regional Health…

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Why chronic pain is a psychological and physical disease

Why chronic pain is a psychological and physical disease

ST. LOUIS, October 10, 2019 – Whether we accidentally stub our toe or touch a hot pan, everyone experiences pain. Most pain resolves quickly as the injury heals, but, in some cases, the pain can last beyond the time of normal healing. Chronic pain, often defined as pain exceeding three months, affects one in five…

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Public Notice to Amend Missouri’s Gateway to Better Health Section 1115 Demonstration Project to Add a Physical Function Improvement Benefit

Public Notice to Amend Missouri’s Gateway to Better Health Section 1115 Demonstration Project to Add a Physical Function Improvement Benefit

ST. LOUIS, September 30, 2019 – The State of Missouri, Department of Social Services (DSS), hereby notifies the public of its intent to amend the Gateway to Better Health Demonstration to add a physical function improvement benefit. A copy of the full amendment request under consideration may be found at http://dss.mo.gov/mhd/. We are providing this notice…

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Gateway to Better Health Adds Substance Use Disorder Services

Gateway to Better Health Adds Substance Use Disorder Services

ST. LOUIS, April 2, 2019 — The State of Missouri has received approval to provide substance use disorder treatment services to its “Gateway to Better Health” (Gateway) Pilot Program population from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In addition to current services, the Gateway network of community primary care providers will now be…

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Treating Chronic Pain as a Public Health Crisis

Treating Chronic Pain as a Public Health Crisis

ST. LOUIS, April, 2019 —  The chronic pain crisis is nationally recognized and locally magnified. Although sudden acute physical pain can be a life-saving alert, “chronic pain” is defined as maladaptive prolonged pain exceeding three months. According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in five U.S….

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The 2018 Access to Care Report is now available!

The 2018 Access to Care Report is now available!

ST. LOUIS, March 21, 2019 —  As part of our mission to improve the health of uninsured citizens in St. Louis City and County, the RHC produces an annual “Access to Care” data book to review community-wide progress toward strengthening the health care safety net system in the region. Download the report to learn more and contact Riisa…

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New RHC Report Offers Recommendations to Improve Chronic Pain Prevention and Treatment in the St. Louis Region and State of Missouri

New RHC Report Offers Recommendations to Improve Chronic Pain Prevention and Treatment in the St. Louis Region and State of Missouri

ST. LOUIS, February 2, 2019 – The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) released the Chronic Pain Prevention and Treatment Policy Paper for regional stakeholders as part of its Chronic Pain Initiative, a regional effort to prevent and reduce the impact of chronic pain. The RHC’s policy paper, synthesizing national and local expertise, details four major policy recommendations:…

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