MHA Board Meets, Auto No-fault Reform and Workplace Safety Top Issues

Posted on April 11, 2019

At its April 10 meeting, the MHA Board of Trustees addressed several policy and operational matters, including a review of the governor’s fiscal year 2020 budget priorities, which call for continued funding levels for graduate medical education and rural health and obstetrical access. The MHA continues to advocate for additional Medicaid funding for Critical Access Hospitals in the 2020 budget.

The board also discussed at length ongoing efforts to reform Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law. The board affirmed the association’s commitment to work with the governor, legislators and other stakeholders to address concerns about premium affordability while ensuring that auto accident victims continue to have access to high-quality care.     

In furtherance of the board’s identification of workplace safety as a key priority, the board was updated on efforts of the MHA Keystone Center to address this growing area of concern. Those efforts include recently hosting several training sessions on reducing healthcare workplace violence, conducting a comprehensive membership needs assessment, and the design and launch of a workplace safety collaborative.

The board also received an update on the association’s all-payer strategy involving recent workgroup meetings between the MHA and the Michigan Association of Health Plans to address issues such as avoidable complications, high utilizers, efforts to reduce surprise billings, and the simplification of data quality submissions.In addition, the board provided guidance around the ongoing efforts to modify the model Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Participating Hospital Agreement.

Completing its ways and means agenda, the board approved the association’s 2019-2020 program year budget; approved the list of committees, councils and task forces to be operational next program year; and granted Type 3 membership privileges to six new members, including:

  • Eli Lilly Co., Indianapolis
  • EHIM, Southfield
  • CenturyLink, Southfield
  • Commerce Bank, Kansas City, MO
  • Managed Care Advisory Group, Toledo, OH
  • Siemans Industry, Inc., Plymouth

A standing agenda item over the past several years is the opportunity for a board member to share a story from their organization that highlights hospitals’ commitment to patient safety and quality. At the April meeting, John Fox, president and CEO, Beaumont Health, Southfield, presented a video showing two compelling stories from Beaumont team members about the importance of practicing patient- and family-centered care, honoring the wishes of the patient, and how providers can use their personal healthcare experiences to guide them in enacting patient- and family-centered policies.

Additionally, meeting attendees recognized board member Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, for being named one of the top 25 women leaders by Modern Healthcare magazine and board member Duke Anderson, president and CEO, Hillsdale Hospital, for being named by Becker’s Healthcare as one of the 50 rural hospital and health system CEOs to know in 2019. Members with questions should contact Amy Barkholz at the MHA.



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