Ohio Hospital Association CEO Discusses Opioid Crisis with MHA Board

Posted on November 07, 2019

The Nov. 6 meeting of the MHA Board of Trustees began with a presentation from Mike Abrams, president and CEO of the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), about his organization’s experience battling the opioid crisis in Ohio. Abrams described the successes and challenges the OHA faced in creating an Opioid Response Initiative to provide acute resuscitation, recovery services, and prevention for communities ravaged by opioid trafficking, as well as the OHA’s development of a public online dashboard with data and resources to combat opioid abuse. The presentation provided a timely review of the costs borne by society in fighting the opioid crisis as a national class-action lawsuit seeks to help states recover these costs.

Ohio Hospital Association President and CEO Mike Abrams shared insights on addressing the opioid epidemic with the MHA Board of TrusteesIn other business, the MHA Board received an update on the fiscal year 2020 state budget and expressed concern over lawmakers’ failure to reach consensus on vetoed funding for necessary healthcare services, including a pool for rural obstetrical programs and funding for rural and critical access hospitals. The board also discussed strategies to maintain adequate funding for trauma centers in light of recent changes to Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law, supported recent recommendations from the MHA Legislative Policy Panel on proposed reforms to the state Certificate of Need program, and reviewed state and federal proposals to curb surprise billing to patients.  

In addition, the board received a report on activities of the MHA Keystone Center, including the planned launch of a Keystone Strategic Dashboard to provide further quality measurement resources to participating members and the MHA Keystone Centers ongoing partnership in the multistate Superior Quality Health Alliance to seek contracts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to engage in quality and patient safety work on the national level. The board also discussed its earlier directive to seek member input into the effort to create enhanced data platforms. These platforms would be used to drive advocacy, policy and financial objectives. To this end, the MHA Board approved the appointment of an MHA Enhanced Data Task Force charged with identifying data priorities, pilot initiatives, governance and privacy issues, and value propositions. The task force will be chaired by Spectrum Health President and CEO and MHA Board Treasurer Tina Freese Decker.

The board also approved the 2019 audit of the MHA and its affiliates and granted Type 3 membership status to the following organizations:

  • Center for Physician Leadership in Excellence, a physician leadership coaching and assessment firm headquartered in Troy.
  • Ob Hospitalist Group, a medical/staffing group headquartered in Greenville, SC.
  • Sound Physicians, a physician staffing group headquartered in Saint Charles, MO.

For more information regarding the MHA Board of Trustees, contact Amy Barkholz at the MHA.


  • Ohio Hospital Association CEO Discusses Opioid Crisis with MHA Board

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