MHA Board of Trustees Conducts Final Meeting of Program Year

Posted on June 27, 2018

In conjunction with the MHA Annual Meeting, the Board of Trustees conducted its final meeting of the program year June 27. Much of the meeting was dedicated to public policy matters, including the board’s discussion of MHA activities and achievements around Medicaid funding. Topics included the successful negotiations with the Legislature and Snyder administration that resulted in full funding of the Healthy Michigan Plan; preservation of Medicaid provider reimbursement rates; continued funding for graduate medical education; and increased appropriations for the obstetrical stabilization fund ($4 million increase) and small and rural hospitals ($6 million increase).

Additionally, the board discussed the association’s success in moderating the impact of Senate Bill 897, which requires certain individuals to perform work to maintain healthcare coverage. The MHA’s efforts, which included a private meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder, helped to bring about changes to the legislation before it was passed. Those changes included increased exemptions, reduced hours for compliance, and numerous other allowances. The most important change was restricting the bill’s application to individuals covered through the Healthy Michigan Plan, rather than the entire Medicaid population, as initially proposed.

Current and anticipated activities also discussed were around the auto no-fault insurance issue; options to improve the financial position of critical access hospitals; ideas to heighten the value of reporting quality indicators; strategies to confront the growing concerns around employee burnout; and new initiatives being undertaken by the MHA Keystone Center.

The board approved the 2018-2019 program year dues schedule, resulting in no increase in aggregate dues. In addition, it approved six Type 3 membership applications, including:

  • Adfinitas Health, Hanover, MD, which employs clinicians specializing in caring for patients in acute and post-acute care settings.
  • CHG Healthcare, Midvale, UT, which offers physician, nurse and allied health staffing for temporary and permanent positions.
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Detroit, which is solely dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of children in Michigan.
  • HSS Inc., Livermore, CA, a full-service security company offering specialized/proprietary healthcare solutions.
  • LHC Group, Inc., Lafayette, LA, which delivers home health, hospice, personal care, and facility-based services.
  • Merritt Hawkins, Dallas, TX, a full-service, permanent physician search firm specializing in recruiting and placing physicians and advanced practitioner talent.

Questions regarding the activities of the Board of Trustees should be directed to David Seaman at the MHA.

Tags: Senate Bill 897, MHA Board of Trustees, Medicaid funding

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