Advocacy

Missouri Capitol BuildingThrough advocacy responsibilities, MHA represents the interests of our members in the legislative and executive branches of federal, state and local governments. MHA staff coordinates federal advocacy initiatives with the American Hospital Association and provides leadership in the Missouri General Assembly by supporting legislation beneficial to the hospital community and opposing legislation that is detrimental to Missouri’s hospitals.

Through our representation and advocacy responsibilities, MHA represents the interests of our members in the legislative and executive branches of federal, state and local governments. MHA staff coordinates federal advocacy initiatives with the American Hospital Association and provides leadership in the Missouri General Assembly by supporting legislation beneficial to the hospital community and opposing legislation that is detrimental to Missouri's hospitals. In February 2017, MHA outlined the effects of the ACA repeal on hospital payment and coverage.

In addition to legislative advocacy, MHA's governmental relations staff interacts with federal and state officials to shape the regulatory activities of many federal and state agencies. This involves analyzing rules and regulations proposed by federal and state agencies, and providing comments where appropriate.

To help serve the varying needs of our member hospitals, MHA has created constituency groups to help staff in advocating health policies. In sharing their expertise with MHA, these groups are helping to shape public policy for the health care community.

Constituency Groups

  • Rural/CAH's
  • Obstetrics
  • Post-Acute Care
  • Psych

OB Harm Regional Meetings


Early Elective Delivery


OB Harm Collaborative Resources


Perinatal Care Measures Webinar by Celeste Milton, TJC (1/27/15)


OB Harm Webinar (8/20/14)


OB Harm Webinar - Presentation, Recording (7/9/14)

Hemorrhage Resources


Preeclampsia Resources

OB Harm Additional Resources


Prematurity, Infant Mortality Task Force Issues Final Report

The Missouri Task Force on Prematurity and Infant Mortality sent Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the Missouri General Assembly its final report of the status and recommendations for improving infant and maternal outcomes in the state. The Missouri legislature established the Missouri Task Force on Prematurity and Infant Mortality in 2011 to seek evidence-based and cost-effective approaches to reduce Missouri’s pre-term birth and infant mortality rates.

Newborn Care

Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening

Missouri Newborn Screening Program

Patient Safety Resources

The most common retained foreign object in hospitals are sponges during vaginal deliveries. The following resources are designed to prevent retention of foreign objects during vaginal deliveries.
Road Map to Preventing Retained Objects in Vaginal Deliveries
Road Map to Preventing Retained Objects in the O.R.

Bereavement Resource

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Inc.

Psychiatric Network


Issue Briefs


Resources