News to Know – Week of Nov. 13

Posted on November 11, 2017

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Nov. 13:

  • Part three in a three-part webinar series for members of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. EST Thursday. Advancing Health Equity — Example from the Field: How to use REAL Data to Improve Quality and Safety will increase participants’ knowledge and awareness of health equity, data collection and illustrate how to use data to identify and address disparities and improve the quality and safety of care. Questions about the webinar series may be directed to Ewa Panetta at the MHA.
  • The MHA Physicians in Healthcare Leadership Council will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the MHA Capitol Advocacy Center. At this inaugural meeting, participants will set priorities for the council. Conference call participation will be available for those unable to attend in person. For more information, contact Gary Roth at the MHA
  • The state Legislature approved $7.1 million to implement a hepatitis A vaccination program to combat the outbreak in southeast Michigan. Both the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously voted Nov. 8 to transfer the funds from other, unexpended funds in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services budget. The allocation will provide $3.9 million to purchase more than 150,000 doses of vaccine. The remaining funds are targeted to hire additional staff in health departments in Detroit and 11 surrounding counties to give vaccinations, conduct outreach and hold clinics. Healthcare workers are among those considered to be at risk for the disease. For more information, contact Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA.
  • The application period for loan repayment agreements through the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) has been shortened for 2018. The state will accept only complete applications that are postmarked from Feb. 5 through 9. The MSLRP assists employers in the recruitment and retention of primary care providers who continue their commitment to underserved communities designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas. Selected applicants will receive up to $200,000 in tax-free funds to repay educational debt over a period of up to eight years. Top priority is being given to certain provider types in specific locations. The MSLRP webpage has been updated for the current application period, and those who wish to compete for a loan repayment agreement should review it carefully. For more information, contact Ken Miller at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at (517) 241-9946. 

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Tags: webinar, Michigan State Loan Repayment Program, vaccine, MHA Committees Councils and Task Forces, health equity, hepatitis A, physicians

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