MHA Monday Report March 11, 2019

Posted on March 11, 2019

Governor WhitmerGovernor Presents Fiscal Year 2020 Executive Budget Recommendation

On March 5, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented her fiscal year (FY) 2020 executive budget proposal to the Legislature. While the focus of her budget presentation centered on new funding for state infrastructure (roads, clean water) and education …

New Air Ambulance Requirements Take Effect March 19, MHA to Host Webinar

As reported in December, amendments to the Public Health Code requiring hospitals to prioritize ground transportation over air for nonemergency patient transport will take effect March 19. Public Act 384 of 2018 imposes a series of …

New Resources Clarify Reporting Requirements for Hospital Outreach Laboratories

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 requires that Medicare payment rates be based on the national weighted median of private payer rates reported by certain “applicable laboratories.” The Centers …

Helen Johnson, chief nursing officer, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, was honored with the 2018 Healthcare Leadership Award.Nominations Sought for 2019 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award

The annual presentation of the MHA Healthcare Leadership Award honors those who have demonstrated outstanding healthcare leadership within individual facilities and in their communities. To nominate an exceptional healthcare trustee, executive, physician, nurse or other leader …

MHA Keystone Center Keeps Unwavering Focus on Patient Safety

Patient Safety Awareness WeekThe Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) occurs March 10-16. The annual event seeks to start local and global discussions and create awareness on the importance of safety in healthcare. This year’s PSAW focuses …

Excellence in Governance Fellowship Prepares Trustees to Lead

MHA Excellence in Governance FellowshipBoards that successfully lead organizations through significant transformation make an investment in board succession planning, infrastructure, education and ongoing development. In today’s environment, boards and management teams will be tested, which is why enrolling a board …

Hospital Employees Learn Ways to De-escalate Volatile Circumstances

MHA members learned techniques to de-escalate and stay safe in violent situations.The MHA hosted Techniques for Effective Aggression Management (TEAM®) training at several locations across the state during the week of March 4 for nearly 100 hospital employees. The training is aligned with the workplace safety focus …

PSO Annual Meeting March 6, 2019MHA Keystone Center PSO Annual Meeting Focused on Workplace Safety

Clinical staff from across Michigan participated in the annual meeting of the MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) March 6 in Dearborn. The meeting’s keynote address was presented by nationally recognized speaker Monica Cooke …

Medicare Advantage Enrollment Continues to Rise

Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment in Michigan totaled approximately 845,000 in January, an increase of 31,000 beneficiaries since October. The January MA enrollment is spread across 37 MA plans that are currently operating in the state, with approximately …

The Keckley Report

The Front Line for U.S. Health Care is Primary Care: Threatening to Some, Opportunity to Others Paul Keckley
“Last week, an important study found that a higher number of primary care physicians (PCPs) in a community is associated with significant gains in life expectancy and improvements in mortality rates. ...

“To most, the research team’s conclusion is not a surprise. Most policymakers and industry wonks acknowledge that primary care is key to better health and lower costs. But for many incumbents in the industry, it’s problematic.”

Paul Keckley, March 4, 2019

News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of March 11:

  • The MHA Keystone Center Workplace Safety Collaborative will kick off from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the VisTaTech Center – Schoolcraft College, Livonia. 
  • The Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Innovation Improvement Network will host a Health Equity Regional Learning Session from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the VisTaTech Center – Schoolcraft College, Livonia.
  • The MHA Behavioral Health Integration Task Force will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at MHA headquarters, Okemos. 
  • The MHA Legislative Policy Panel will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the MHA Capitol Advocacy Center in downtown Lansing.  
  • The MHA Council on Children’s Health will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at MHA headquarters, Okemos.  
  • An informational webinar will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday to review the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Innovation Improvement Network scoring index for the 2019-2020 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Pay-for-performance Peer Group 5 program.  
  • The MHA will host a webinar from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday to explain new air ambulance requirements that will take effect March 19.


  • MHA Monday Report March 11, 2019

Tags: PSO, behavioral health, webinar, workplace violence, budget, Healthcare Leadership Award, governance, health equity, MA, National Patient Safety Awareness Week, air ambulance, pay-for-performance, hospital outreach laboratories

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