MHA Board of Trustees Discusses Lame-duck Session, Policy Matters

Posted on November 30, 2018

(From left) Melany Gavulic, RN, president & CEO, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, and Connie Koutouzos, CEO, Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics, Inc. 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 Hospital & Clinics, Inc. Gavulic and Koutouzos were selected to fill the partial terms of Charles Nelson and Ginger Williams, MD, who have left positions at member hospitals since the MHA Annual Membership Meeting.

The board reviewed the results of the Nov. 6 elections and the association’s successful Health PAC support of candidates. This discussion provided a sense of the political implications for the current lame-duck session of the Legislature and the prospects for the 2019-2020 session.

With that as backdrop, the board discussed the association’s next steps in the auto no-fault insurance debate and expressed its ongoing willingness to assist in lowering premiums for Michigan drivers through thoughtful and reasonable modifications of existing law.

The board was informed of the MHA’s continued work with the Michigan Association of Health Plans on the all-payer strategy of the association, including potential strategies to reduce avoidable complications and high utilization costs. The board also discussed ongoing efforts with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to modernize the Participating Hospital Agreement.

Board members were reminded of the desire to triennially evaluate both the association’s governance structure and dues methodology. As the last changes were made in 2016, the board created a Dues and Governance Task Force to be chaired by Loren Hamel, MD, immediate past chair of the board. The task force was charged with ensuring that the governance structure continued to be reflective of the evolution of hospitals and health systems and that the dues structure be examined to ensure a “fair share” methodology.

In other business, the board approved the 2018 audit of the MHA and its affiliates. It also approved the MHA joining other state hospital associations to prepare an amicus curia in the matter of Azar v. Allina Health Services, a case involving notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures.

Approval was also given for the membership applications of three organizations and one individual. The new members include:

  • AvaSure (Type 3) a technology and service deployment organization, headquartered in Belmont.
  • Compdata (Type 3), an MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) Endorsed Business Partner, headquartered in Olathe, KS, serving in the healthcare compensation and survey space.
  • Superior Air & Ground Ambulance of Michigan (Type 3) headquartered in Warren, a nonprofit agency providing emergency medical service throughout the Midwest.
  • MaryJo Perkins, RN, (Type 4 - personal membership), a Medicaid benefit analyst for the state of Michigan.

Finally, acting as the sole corporate stakeholder of the MHASC, the board elected the initial slate of members of the new MHASC Board of Directors (see related article).

For more information regarding meetings of the MHA Board of Trustees, contact David Seaman at the MHA.


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