Live Well’s Dr. McFadden Forgoes Retirement at 90 to Continue Seeing Patients

Open House to Commemorate Birthday, Years of Service Planned for August 19 at Waverly Community Building

Kidding Gene McFadden, M.D. about still practicing medicine at 90 never seems to get old – and neither does he. McFadden was born in 1928, the same year as Mickey Mouse and penicillin. Despite his age, McFadden is nowhere near ready to hang up his stethoscope. “They gave up on trying to get me to retire,” he said. “I’m leaning a little, but I’m still upright.”  


HCC and the McFadden family invite the public to an Open House on Sunday, August 19 to commemorate Dr. McFadden’s 90 th birthday. The celebration takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Waverly Community Building.
HCC Presents Outreach, Clinic-based Initiatives to HCF of Greater Kansas City

On Wednesday, July 25, HCC hosted a presentation at Equity Bank in Higginsville. The event provided The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City a comprehensive look at outreach and clinic-based initiatives to improve health care outcomes in Lafayette and Eastern Jackson Counties.
For more information on HCC's Programs, visit hccnetwork.org/programs-and-services.
HCC Hosts ' Improving Continuous Feedback' HR Forum Thursday, August 16!

Among topics discussed will be ways to offer feedback, why people want feedback, and how it can improve organizations' overall performance.

See details below.
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Save the Date for these Upcoming
Project Connect Events!

Higginsville Project Connect
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Lexington Project Connect
Friday, February 22, 2019
Details coming soon!
HCC Brings Rural Rides to Lafayette County!

HCC Partners with Missouri Rural Health Association and Feonix HealthTran to Provide Free Rides to Medical Appointments in Lafayette County

Volunteer Drivers Wanted and Asked to Apply

The Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri and its longtime partner, Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA), are collaborating to bring ride-booking transportation services, similar to Uber, to rural Lafayette County. The initiative, Feonix HealthTran, will serve Lafayette County residents by providing free rides to medical appointments. The goal of the program is to close one of the largest barriers to receiving quality health care: transportation. Health care providers interested in helping their patients secure transportation to and from medical appointments should contact HCC.
Drivers Wanted!

For additional information, call Suzanne Smith, 660.259.2440. To apply, visit HealthTranVolunteer.org .
Complete and Return MO HealthNet Medicaid Review Form or Potentially Lose Benefits

HCC Provides Assistance Completing and Submitting Medicaid Review Form to Prevent Loss of Benefits
 
Medicaid recipients must complete and return the Medicaid Review Form or risk losing state-funded health insurance. The Missouri Family Support Division conducts an annual review of food stamps and Medicaid beneficiaries. To date, nearly 10,000 forms have been mailed to food stamp and Medicaid recipients. More will be mailed in the coming days. Those who don’t complete and return the five-page form may likely lose coverage. Recipients, in many cases, don’t find out coverage has been dropped until they seek medical services.

To report an address change to FSD:  
  • Call 1.855.373.4636 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Visit a local FSD office.
  • Visit https://dss.mo.gov/mhd/participants/pages/addrchange.htm
  • Call the 24-7 Family Support Division automated line at 1.800.392.1261.
  • Call Iva Eggert, who works as an offsite FSD worker for HCC, at 816.263.2803. She can complete the form by phone and submit by fax to the FSD office.
Preventing Physician Shortages is Focus of McCaskill-backed Legislation

Senator backs plan to prevent growing physician shortages and increase residencies for Missouri-educated medical professionals
 
WASHINGTON –  U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is backing a plan that would address growing physician shortages and increase residencies in Missouri for medical professionals in training.
 
“We train some of the finest medical students in the country right here in Missouri, but with the current shortage of residencies in the state, we’re losing top-notch talent,” McCaskill said. “This commonsense, bipartisan plan would help keep the best and brightest doctors in Missouri to ensure folks all across the state have the access to quality care.”
 
The bipartisan  Resident Physician Shortage Act  would help prevent growing physician shortages in Missouri by increasing the number of residency slots so hospitals can train more physicians. Each year medical schools in Missouri admit about 1,000 medical school students, but the state only has 725 residency slots. The McCaskill-backed plan would increase funding for hospitals and new residency training programs to increase slots available across Missouri.
 
McCaskill has been a longtime advocate for improving access to quality healthcare across Missouri. She supported a  bipartisan proposal to improve Missourians’ access to care  by expanding telehealth services in Medicare, and at a Senate hearing,  shared feedback  she received from Missourians on the challenges facing rural communities due to a lack of doctors.
 
McCaskill is also  backing a proposal  that would increase the number of doctors in rural Missouri by requiring Medicare to reimburse medical residency training programs for medical residents. Hospitals and health centers find that providers who train in their hospitals are more likely to return and serve in that community. Additionally, in response to rural hospital closures across the country, McCaskill  called for an investigation  into the challenges these hospitals face, trends in rural hospital closures, and recommendations for the federal government about addressing these issues.
 
Visit  mccaskill.senate.gov/healthcare  to learn more about McCaskill's fight to improve healthcare.
National Health Center Week
August 12-18, 2018

Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America’s Health Care Heroes

National Health Center Week is an annual celebration with the goal to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's health centers. Health centers provide approximately 27 million underserved patients with comprehensive preventive and primary services.

For more information, visit healthcenterweek.org.