MHA Monday Report Sept. 24, 2018

Posted on September 24, 2018

New Study Shows Healthy Michigan Boosts Financial Health

Healthy Michigan Plan logoRecently, the ACA Medicaid Expansion in Michigan and Financial Health study was published through the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study found that enrollment in the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) improves the finances of many …

Hospital Action Needed by Oct. 1 to Continue Medicaid DSH Payments

In early September, the Medical Services Administration (MSA) released correspondence regarding the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) eligibility form for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Hospitals are required to complete and return the form, which is available …

MHA Submits Comments Regarding Medicare OPPS Proposed Rule

On Sept. 20, the MHA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) effective Jan. 1, 2019. Overall …

Final Deadline Set for Medicaid Provider Enrollment in CHAMPS

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) recently issued a final deadline for Medicaid providers who have yet to enroll in the Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS). Earlier this year, it …

Kassandra Gauna, RN, (center) was honored during the MHA Patient Safety & Quality Symposium. Pictured with Brittany Bogan, FACHE, CPPS, vice president, patient safety & quality, MHA Keystone Center, and Matthew Rush, FACHE, president and CEO, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital.The MHA Keystone Center Presents Annual Speak-up! Award, Celebrates Safe Culture

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center honored Kassandra Gauna, RN, Hayes Green Beach (HGB) Memorial Hospital, Charlotte, Sept. 19 with the 2017 annual MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award. The award is presented …

Keynote speaker Tejal Gandhi, MD, chief clinical and safety officer, International Health Institute, Boston, presents safety and accountability.More Than 250 Leaders Gather to Examine Patient Safety and Quality

The 2018 MHA Patient Safety & Quality Symposium drew more than 250 clinical and administrative leaders to learn from national safety and quality experts and local hospital and health system teams. Topics included how to …

Roughly 30 attendees from 14 hospitals attended a kickoff event to learn about the Midwest Alternative to Opioids (ALTO) program.Multistate Initiative to Address Opioid Crisis, Focus on Emergency Department

A recently published report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that Michigan experienced an 8 percent rise in opioid overdose-related deaths last year. The MHA Keystone Center, as part of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients …

Physician burnout graphicNational Survey Provides “State of the Union” of the Medical Profession

The newly released Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives addresses a wide range of questions about who physicians are and how they practice. Merritt Hawkins, an Endorsed Business Partner of the MHA, conducts the survey …

Hurricane Florence photographed from the International Space Station. Photo courtesy of NASA.NC Hospital Foundation Establishes Disaster Relief Fund

When Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina Sept. 14, hospitals were prepared to care for the injured and medically fragile patients arriving in their emergency departments. They have been working closely with local and state emergency …

MHA Keystone Center Awarded Six-month HIIN Extension

Great Lakes Partnership for Patients logoThe MHA Keystone Center, on behalf of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients (GLPP), recently received a six-month Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) contract extension from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. GLPP is comprised …

The Keckley Report

50 Days and Counting: Healthcare Political Speak Will Be at Its Peak
Paul Keckley“Political speak, when it comes to healthcare, is an art form for candidates for public office. It’s intentional obfuscation that contributes to the public’s lack of understanding about our complicated, costly system.

“Focus-group-tested phrases are used by the campaigns to sway voters and convey a candidate’s knowledge about an issue. It’s especially the case when healthcare is the focus—the rule of thumb is the less said, the better. It makes sense, after all …

“So, for campaigns on both sides, it’s political malpractice to allow candidates to get into the weeds on healthcare issues. It can expose a candidate’s ignorance and fuel attacks by opponents. Healthcare political speak is safe ground, especially in ads and position papers produced by the campaign and in controlled setting where media questions are limited.”

Paul Keckley, Sept. 19, 2018

News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Sept. 24:

  • The MHA New CEO/Trustee Orientation will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at MHA headquarters in Okemos.
  • The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced Sept. 18 new principles for ensuring good stewardship of the federal 340B drug pricing program.
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services notified hospitals through the Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule that Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island closed. The closure makes a number of indirect medical education (IME) and direct graduate medical education (DGME) slots available …


  • MHA Monday Report Sept. 24, 2018

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, Symposium, Patient Safety and Quality, HIIN, Medicare, GME, DSH, Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan, OPPS, Speak-up! Award, AHA, GLPP, opioid, Trustee Orientation, MDHHS, CHAMPS, burnout, 340B, Endorsed Business Partner, ALTO Program, Hurricane Florence

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