MHA Monday Report Dec. 3, 2018

Posted on December 03, 2018

(From left) Melany Gavulic, RN, president & CEO, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, and Connie Koutouzos, CEO, Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics, Inc.MHA Board of Trustees Discusses Lame-duck Session, Policy Matters

The Nov. 28 meeting of the MHA Board of Trustees began with the election of two new members: Melany Gavulic, RN, president & CEO, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, and Connie Koutouzos, CEO, Aspirus Iron River ...

Breakthrough: Connect. Learn. Lead.Breakthrough Combines Great Content with Unique Format

Registration is now open for Breakthrough, which offers attendees a learning experience unlike any other MHA event. This distinctive meeting will be held Feb. 21 and 22 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City. The format …

Final Rule Implements HRSA 340B Regulations Jan. 1

In response to comments received regarding the 340B drug discount program ceiling price and manufacturer civil monetary penalties, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a final rule to implement the Jan. 1, 2019, effective …

Webinars Offered on Medicare OPPS Rule, Quality-based Programs

The MHA is partnering with DataGen to offer webinars that will assist members in understanding changes to the Medicare program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule in early November to update the …

Ray L. Morrison, DO, FACOS, 2017-2018 president of the board, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, (left) recently presented the Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award to Dr. Gary Roth, chief medical officer, MHA.Roth Recognized for Excellence in Surgery

Gary L. Roth, DO, MBA, FACOS, FCCM, FACS, chief medical officer of the MHA, was the recent recipient of the 2018 Charles L. Ballinger Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award from the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS). The award …

Proposal Would Change Medicaid Nursing Facility Cost Report

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released a proposed policy to modify the way Medicaid nursing facility cost reports are completed for the costs associated with “outstationed” eligibility workers. This policy pertains to costs …

MHA Service Corporation Board Convenes Inaugural Meeting

The MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) held its initial board meeting with a newly appointed slate of directors Nov. 12. To modernize the organization’s governance model, the board was established to provide oversight and direction for shaping current …

Webinar Reviews Plan of Action for Substance Use Recovery

More than 2 million Americans are addicted to an opioid and, according to the best estimates, these drugs have killed another 52,000 Americans this year alone. How do providers begin to undo the practices and …

Michigan Medicaid Value-Based Prescription Drug Plan Approved

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently approved a plan that allows the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to enter into outcomes-based contracts with drug manufacturers for drugs provided to Medicaid patients …

The Keckley Report

Hospital Price Transparency: The Long Road Ahead
Paul Keckley“On October 6, I collapsed on the golf course—the result of severe dehydration. It was a wake-up call in many ways. Among them, how virtually impractical hospital price transparency is in emergency situations. ...

“On November 15 (5 weeks later), I received my hospital bill: $13,529.05 which included an eye-popping charge of $10,655.85 for the MRI test. Wow. Sticker shock!

“Like every patient, the experience of being in a hospital was not on my short list of ways to spend a day or dollars. In retrospect, here’s what I have learned from the experience.“

Paul Keckley, Nov. 26, 2018

News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Dec. 3:

  • The MHA Foundation webinar Riding the Disruption Wave in Healthcare: What to Know and How to Stay Relevant will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • An educational webinar hosted by the MHA and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday.
  • The MHA Legislative Policy Panel will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the MHA Capitol Advocacy Center in Lansing.
  • The MHA Small or Rural Hospital Council will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the MHA Capitol Advocacy Center in Lansing.
  • A joint meeting of the MHA Council on Children’s Health and the MHA Behavioral and Physical Health Integration Task Force will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at MHA headquarters in Okemos.


  • MHA Monday Report Dec. 3, 2018

Tags: webinar, DataGen, OPPS, opioid, MHA Committees Councils and Task Forces, nursing facility, proposed policy, Breakthrough, Awards, Medicaid drug rebate program, 340B, MHA Board of Trustees, Gary Roth, disruption, MHA Service Corporation Board of Directors

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