MHA Board of Trustees Convenes November Meeting
Posted on November 17, 2017
The MHA Board of Trustees met Nov. 15, focusing the majority of its time on key public policy matters and strategic initiatives.
Given the successful defeat in the state Legislature of House Bill 5013, which would have seriously damaged Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system, the association’s attention has shifted to the evaluation of meaningful reforms that could result in a more sustainable and affordable system, without eviscerating the provision of critical care to those injured in auto accidents.
On a related front, the board authorized the association to seek entrance as amicus curiae in the matter of W.A. Foote Hospital v. Michigan Assigned Claims Plan, an action before the Michigan Supreme Court that seeks to retroactively apply the damaging Covenant decision. In the Covenant case, the court found that providers do not have the right to directly bring suit against auto insurers for payment of services.
In its discussion of transparency issues, the board centered on quality and cost. It approved the public launch of the new website that includes tools allowing individuals to examine performance on a variety of quality indicators and compare multiple hospitals in a single view; provides “plain English” definitions developed in concert with a literacy expert; and offers other features to assist the public in effectively using the site.
With regard to price transparency, the board recognized the growing desire of consumers and those engaged in risk and shared savings contracts to have access to information to aid in healthcare decision-making. The board established a new Price Transparency Task Force to provide a roadmap for association advances in this arena, with the task force recommendations expected to be forwarded to the MHA Board by the end of the 2017-2018 program year.
In furtherance of the Quadruple Aim goal to achieve a better workplace experience, the board discussed strategies and tactics to combat burnout among both clinicians and nonclinical staff. Board members also learned of association efforts to improve resilience and high reliability and to address unprofessional behavior.
In other business, the board approved the 2017 audit of the MHA and its affiliates. It also approved the MHA joining other state hospital associations as amicus curiae in support of the American Hospital Association’s suit to secure preliminary injunctive relief against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to end cost sharing subsidies within the 340B drug pricing program. Approval was given for the Type 3 membership application of Chemical Bank, a traditional banking and fiduciary products firm located in Grand Rapids, and the Type 4 personal membership request of Sue Nieboer, executive in residence at Grand Valley State University, Allendale. The board also created a Data Advisory Committee and moved formal review board responsibilities for both the MHA Keystone Center and the MHA Service Corporation from the current MHA Quality and Accountability Committee to the MHA Executive Committee. Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to David Seaman at the MHA.
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