MHA Monday Report Nov. 25, 2019

Posted on November 25, 2019

New Rules on Price Transparency Announced

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled two major transparency policies for hospitals and insurers Nov. 15. Under a final rule, hospitals will be required to make their “standard charges” public in a comprehensive ... 

CMS Issues Medicaid Fiscal Responsibility Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule to establish new regulations governing Medicaid supplemental payments and nonfederal financing of the Medicaid program. Key items in the proposed rule include …

Governor Announces Efforts to Halve Opioid Deaths; MHA Invited to Join Advisory Group

Gov. Gretchen WhitmerOn Nov. 14, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer laid out a series of new efforts targeted to increase awareness of the stigma around opioid addiction, as well as a plan to cut opioid-related deaths by 50% …

Medicare Deductibles and Premiums Increase in 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the Medicare fee-for-service Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $44 to $1,408, effective Jan. 1. The Part A …

Superior Health Quality Alliance Awarded New CMS Contract

The first contract has been awarded to a new multistate organization that will broaden the MHA’s work on safety and quality improvement. The Superior Health Quality Alliance (SHQA) announced that it received a five-year …

Trustee Event Focused on Quality Accountability

Hospitals are asked to provide data on a dizzying array of quality measures, making it difficult for governing board members to identify the measures that correlate to their unique quality improvement priorities. The trustee workshop …

Webinar to Explore New CMS Antibiotic Stewardship Requirements to Fight Superbugs

Antibiotics have transformed the practice of medicine, making once lethal infections readily treatable and other medical advances possible. However, an alarming report from federal health officials found that drug-resistant "superbugs" are infecting millions of …

Grand HotelA Century of Service

As the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) celebrates its 100th anniversary, it is a milestone that feels familiar to everyone at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. 2019 was the 133rd year of  …

The Keckley Report

Paul KeckleyThe Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule: HHS Gets A for Effort But the Rule is Flawed 

“Friday, while media attention was focused on the House Impeachment inquiry, HHS released its final rule on hospital price transparency. ...

“It's hard to argue that price transparency in healthcare is adequate: polls show the public is getting tired of excuses. So, HHS deserves an A for effort, but this final rule has flaws.”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 18, 2019

News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Nov. 25:

  • The MHA Monday Report will not be published Dec. 2 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • The MHA Small or Rural Hospital Council will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at MHA headquarters, Okemos.
  • The MHA Quality and Accountability Committee will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at MHA headquarters, Okemos.
  • The MHA Council on Children’s Health meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 6 has been canceled.
  • The Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP), which assists employers in the recruitment and retention of primary care providers by providing up to $200,000 in tax-free funds to repay educational debt, will accept applications postmarked from Feb. 3-7 only.


  • MHA Monday Report Nov. 25, 2019

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