Issues in Healthcare

The House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.), heard testimony Sept. 20 on bills that are part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s bipartisan bill package aimed at combatting Michigan’s growing opioid epidemic.  Read More
Issues in Healthcare | September 21
Hurricane Irma left various levels of destruction in its widespread wake. Among those whose lives have been seriously impacted are thousands of hospital employees across Florida, who continue to selflessly serve patients and support others. Read More
Issues in Healthcare | September 15
As part of the fiscal year 2018 outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new, lower payment policy under the 340B prescription drug program. Read More
Issues in Healthcare | September 15
As the Michigan Legislature gears up to look at ways to lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan, a poll released Sept. 13 found that Michigan voters disapprove of a practice commonly referred to as redlining, Read More
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently informed providers that, due to the upcoming transition to the Statewide Integrated Governmental Management Application (SIGMA), there will be a delay in Medicaid fee-for-service payments and remittance advices from the MDHHS. Read More
Issues in Healthcare | September 12
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey continues to circulate throughout southeast Texas since making landfall Aug. 25, and hospital personnel in the area have stepped up to the extremely challenging conditions.  Read More
Hunger knows no boundaries. It affects every community across our state and people from every walk of life. It forces families to choose between putting food on the table, filling needed prescriptions, or paying the rent.  Read More
The MHA is launching #MiCareMatters, a statewide campaign urging Michiganders who work in the healthcare field or anyone who cares about healthcare issues in Michigan to sign up to become a MiCare Champion at MiCareMatters.org. Read More
In conjunction with the MHA partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to battle influenza and pertussis within hospitals, the MDHHS conducted a hospital survey in late 2016. Read More
MHA members are encouraged to join the Michigan Association of Healthcare Advocates, the Michigan Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals and the MHA for Healthcare Advocacy Day, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing.  Read More
On July 25, Senate Republicans successfully earned the votes necessary to move forward with the debate over how to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the 51-50 vote, Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of the action after Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski... Read More
On July 14, Gov. Rick Snyder approved the fiscal year (FY) 2018 omnibus budget bill, House Bill (HB) 4323 during a special signing ceremony in Grand Rapids. Read More
Updates Proposed for 2018 Physician Quality Payment Program The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule to update the Medicare Physician Quality Payment Program in 2018. Read More
Hospitals Must Use Renewed Medicare Notices Beginning Aug. 28 The Office of Management and Budget for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewed notices that hospitals must use for Medicare beneficiaries who are admitted to their facilities. Read More
Proposal Would Remove Visit Limit for Medicaid Outpatient Behavioral Health Services The Medical Services Administration (MSA) recently released a proposed policy to remove the 20-visit limit for outpatient behavioral health services for both Medicaid fee-for-service and Medicaid health plan bene... Read More
Hospitals and clinicians that participate in the National Health Care Surveys can earn credit for meeting a portion of the Stage 3 objectives in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs (meaningful use). Read More
The MHA submitted comments June 26 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Medicare fee-for-service proposed rules to update the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) and skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment systems. Read More
Before leaving for the summer break, the Michigan House sent the Senate a package of MHA-supported bills regarding physician orders for scope of treatment (POST). Read More
On June 19, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced that the state will be providing funding for integrating the new Michigan Automated Prescription System with the electronic health records and pharmacy dispensation systems of hospitals,... Read More
The Michigan House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.), heard testimony June 14 on a package of bills regarding the physician orders for scope of treatment (POST) form and reported it to the House floor. Read More
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