MHA Monday Report Jan. 7, 2019

Posted on January 07, 2019

2018 Legislative Session Comes to a Close

Michigan capitol buildingThe 2018 lame-duck session came to a close the morning of Dec. 21 following marathon overnight sessions in both the House and the Senate. The Legislature considered a number of issues important to Michigan hospitals during its final …

President Approves Legislation Aimed at Reducing Maternal Mortality

President Donald Trump on Dec. 21 signed into law federal legislation aimed at reducing maternal deaths during pregnancy and delivery. The measure, which was supported by the American Hospital Association and is officially known as the …

Policy Allows Medicaid to Pay Claims for Patients Eligible for Medicare

On Nov. 30, the Medical Services Administration released a final policy that modifies the billing process for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries in fee-for-service (FFS) and managed care organization (MCO) plans who, as of their …

Feedback Requested on Draft Framework for Medical Assessment of Psychiatric Patients

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the MHA are seeking feedback on draft guidelines designed to standardize the process of evaluating emergency department patients in psychiatric crisis and reduce barriers …

HHS Issues Request for Information for HIPAA Overhaul

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public input on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules, especially …

Input Sought on Potential Accrediting Organization Conflicts of Interest

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a request for information (RFI) seeking input on the potential for conflicts of interest when Medicare-approved accrediting organizations offer consulting services to the Medicare-participating …

The Keckley Report

The Wellness Economy: Its Time Has Finally Come

Paul Keckley“This week, two of three Americans will make New Year's Resolutions. Topping their lists will be ‘eating healthier’ and ‘getting more exercise’ (YouGov Poll). Within a month, four in five will have abandoned their pledge.

“The reality is this: most Americans know eating healthier food and getting more exercise are important to their health. Last year, they spent $70 billion for diet programs and foods and $37 billion to use one of the 38,000 fitness facilities ...

“But consumers want more. They recognize the importance of physical health but think healthiness is much more. ... They are using their time and money in pursuit of wellness and the market is taking notice. It’s a major trend with monumental implication for the future of healthcare in the U.S.”

Paul Keckley, Dec. 31, 2018

News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Jan. 7:

  • The MHA Quality and Accountability Committee will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Friday at MHA headquarters in Okemos.

MHA in the News

Read recent coverage about the MHA, including articles from the lame-duck effort to reform Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law and a Detroit Free Press article about a new mandate that requires hospitals to post chargemasters online.


  • MHA Monday Report Jan. 7, 2019

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