CEO Report – Top Nine Successes from the 2018-2019 Program Year

Posted on July 02, 2019

“A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” - Pat Riley

MHA CEO ReportWhat an amazing week on Mackinac Island! As always, the MHA Annual Membership Meeting was the perfect opportunity to network with friends, family and colleagues – and for those who were there in person or following our online communications throughout the week, you know that we also celebrated our 100 Year Anniversary in style. 

July signals the beginning of a new program year for the MHA; but before we turn our attention to the challenges of the year ahead, now is the perfect time to reflect on our accomplishments during the 2018-2019 program year. On behalf of our entire team, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the MHA Board of Trustees, and particularly Chairman Greg Lane, for their outstanding leadership over the past year. Without question, we were able to make incredibly impactful progress toward our mission of advancing the health of individuals and communities. Here are a few highlights:

  1. Protection of all members’ priorities in the state budget.
    As the Michigan fiscal year 2020 budget nears completion, the MHA advocacy team has ensured funding protection of all key priorities, including graduate medical education, rural and obstetrical payments, hospital provider tax programs, the Healthy Michigan Plan and critical access hospital support. Through these and many other successful efforts, the MHA was identified as the second most influential advocacy organization in the state in the biennial MIRS/EPIC MRA Capitol Insider Survey.
  2. Expanded footprint in the safety and quality field.
    The MHA has increased its focus on healthcare worker safety through several efforts. By implementing a workplan to address workplace safety and wellbeing, the MHA offered programming and trainings through the MHA Keystone Center, the MHA Service Corporation and the MHA Health Foundation. To guide future efforts, the MHA Keystone Center is collecting OSHA work safety data as part of the workplace safety collaborative that was launched in March.

    In addition, the MHA Keystone Center, on behalf of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients (GLPP), received a Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) contract extension from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Comprised of a partnership among the MHA Keystone Center, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association and the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the extension allowed us to continue achieving sustainable and significant reductions in multiple areas of harm. Since the HIIN’s inception in September 2016, participating GLPP HIIN hospitals have saved nearly $133 million and avoided nearly 12,000 patient harm events.
  3. Formation and approval of the Superior Health Quality Alliance (SHQA).
    Approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the SHQA is a new, multistate organization that will help us continue and broaden our quality improvement work. Our involvement allows us to partner with other organizations to improve the quality of health and healthcare delivery for patients, clinicians, healthcare organizations and communities. In addition to the MHA, member organizations include the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, MetaStar, the Midwest Kidney Network, the Minnesota Hospital Association, MPRO, Stratis Health and the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
  4. Improved hospital transparency.
    In an effort that began during the prior program year, continues to be a resource for members to publicly publish their charges while efforts are underway to fairly describe the performance of critical access hospitals. The MHA has also created an infographic to educate stakeholders on out-of-network charges while supporting the American Hospital Association’s surprise billing principles.
  5. Additional value for MHA members.
    I’m proud to say that the launch of the Endorsed Business Partner program has been a success. The program was established to help identify cutting-edge and cost-effective solutions for MHA member hospitals. Concluding our first full year of operation for the program, we have six businesses that address members’ needs in the realms of physician recruitment, HR, process improvement, workplace violence and more. And of course, our MHA Service Corporation Unemployment Compensation and Data Services divisions once again created exceptional value for our members.
  6. Mobilized Healthcare Champions.
    The MHA is continually identifying and mobilizing healthcare champion advocates across Michigan through our MiCare Champions network. The MHA also launched the #MiRuralCareMatters digital campaign to increase awareness of the vital role that small and rural hospitals play in their communities. Finally, we raised well over $400,000 in our 2019 Health PAC campaign, exceeding our goal and establishing a new record in an off-election year. 
  7. Increased efforts to improve behavioral health.
    The MHA was able to include in the Michigan fiscal year 2020 budget the establishment of a behavioral health workgroup to determine an adequate reimbursement methodology for Medicaid inpatient psychiatric hospital care. The MHA Behavioral Health Integration Task Force is actively involved in identifying ways to integrate behavioral health services into general health services, while also collecting data on the subject.
  8. Strategic investment in NextPlane Solutions.
    In January the MHA obtained a minority share and seat on the board of NextPlane Solutions, LLC, based in Fort Worth, TX. The MHA Keystone Center has been a client of NextPlane Solutions since 2016 and, by partnering with NextPlane Solutions, we are better prepared as an association to lead our member hospitals and health systems in the future of data-driven quality and safety improvement. 
  9. Completion of the MHA headquarters expansion.
    The MHA Spencer C. Johnson Headquarters Building expansion was completed – on time and on budget – with a successful open house in August 2018. This new space has created new efficiencies for the MHA staff and now provides an outstanding and convenient venue for member functions.   

More information on these items – and many others – is contained in our brand-new MHA Annual Report. As we shift our focus to the 2019-2020 program year, the MHA will once again be hard at work on many fronts, at both the state and federal levels. I would like to congratulate John Fox, president and CEO of Beaumont Health, who has been installed as our new Board Chairman. Under his leadership, I am confident we will once again deliver strong results to our members and the patients and communities we serve. Ultimately, it is the wellbeing of those people who give us all the motivation we need to continue our important work.   

Thank you for your continued engagement and support, and as always, I welcome your thoughts.


  • CEO Report – Top Nine Successes from the 2018-2019 Program Year

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, behavioral health, Healthy Michigan Plan, Brian Peters, Endorsed Business Partner, MHA Board of Trustees, Michigan state budget, Superior Health Quality Alliance, hospital transparency, NextPlane Solutions, MiCare Matters, MiRuralCareMatters

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