One of the unique aspects of the Ozarks Health Commission (OHC) Regional Health Assessment (RHA) is the collection of data from partnering hospitals. Hospital data provides a more real-time evaluation of community health needs than secondary data, which lags three to five years.
Additionally, it allows the OHC to study specific health needs in relation to the AHI in each community. This approach assists in determining priority health issues and developing strategic Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) that align with the strengths of healthcare, public health, and community-based agencies.
To supplement population health data with more timely and in-depth information concerning the OHC Region populations, two types of primary hospital information were utilized: Emergency Department (ED) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data. This section of the report details demographic and payer information of all ED patients, as well as those presenting with health issues relating to the AHI.