MHA Monday Report Dec. 9, 2019

Posted on December 09, 2019

Legislature Moves Forward with Supplemental Budget

Following a months-long budget stalemate, the state Legislature has moved forward with a supplemental budget that restores vital hospital funding in fiscal year (FY) 2020, which began ...

Hospital Testimony Provided on Michigan’s Certificate of Need Program

Hospital leaders testified Dec. 5 before the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee, chaired by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), on bills that would make major changes to the Certificate of Need (CON) program in ...

Bill to Allow Telepharmacy Locations Moves to Full House

On Dec. 4, the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo), sent MHA-supported Senate Bill (SB) 340 to the full House. SB 340 would allow telepharmacy services to operate in Michigan. The bill would allow registered pharmacy technicians ...

Healthcare Organizations Sue Administration over Hospital Transparency Final Rule

On Dec. 4, the American Hospital Association and three other national organizations representing hospitals and health systems filed a lawsuit against the federal government, challenging the Nov. 15 final rule that requires hospitals to disclose their payer-specific …

Hospitals Urged to Sign and Return Livanta Memorandum of Agreement

Effective June 8, 2019, Livanta became the new Medicare Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) for Michigan. Across the country, Livanta provides Medicare case review services for Medicare beneficiaries throughout 27 states …

MDHHS Outlines New Approach to Behavioral Health Services

On Dec. 4, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon announced the department’s new apporoach for strengthening Michigan’s behavioral health system. Presenting to a joint committee meeting ...

Quality Accountability Workshop Helps Boards Understand How to Lead Efforts

There has been a proliferation of efforts to measure how various hospitals, and doctors perform and no one has found the task easy. What processes should be measured? What kinds of changes improve performance? Research has proved that measurement …

CEO Report – A Tribute to Spencer Johnson

In his latest CEO Report, MHA CEO Brian Peters pays tribute to Spencer Johnson, the association’s president and leader for three decades ...

The Keckley Report

A Weekly Recap and Looking Ahead

“The 116th Congress is nearing its half-way point and Campaign 2020 looms large: healthcare will play a key role in both.”

Paul Keckley, Dec. 2, 2019

News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Dec. 9:

  • The Hospital Affiliated Legislative Officers will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the MHA Capitol Advocacy Center, Lansing.  
  • The MHA Michigan Green Healthcare Committee will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at MHA headquarters, Okemos.
  • The Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Innovation Improvement Network (GLPP HIIN) Webinar Series – Advancing the Work of Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competence to Achieve Health Equity Webinar 2 will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday.  
  • The MHA will host a webinar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 with representatives from consulting firm Comprehensive Reimbursement Inc. The webinar will review the 2019 Medicare occupational mix survey.


  • MHA Monday Report Dec. 9, 2019

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