MHA Monday Report Dec. 21, 2020

Posted on December 21, 2020

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Dec. 14

As hospitals across Michigan and the nation begin vaccinating their personnel against COVID-19, the MHA keeps members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting hospitals through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage.  ...

Healthcare Bills Highlight Lame-duck Session

The Michigan Legislature completed most of its lame-duck agenda during the week of Dec. 14, addressing a wide range of issues impacting hospitals. The most notable legislation included a supplemental appropriations bill for COVID-19 relief, an extension of unemployment ...

OBRA Electronic Implementation Delayed

In response to a request from the MHA, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Office of Specialized Nursing Home/Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act  Programs recently announced an additional delay in changing ...

Resources Available to Help Navigate Protected Health Information Regulations

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released a video series to help providers better understand the regulations for protected health information and whether an individual must provide consent before the information ...

Virtual Breakthrough Offers Insight and Discussion on COVID-19 and Health Equity

MHA Virtual Breakthrough will explore actions to build health within communities and make true differences in healthcare. Offered in two half-day sessions Feb. 25 and March 18, Virtual Breakthrough focuses on two areas: the future ...

Webinar Outlines Opportunities Under New Stark Laws

The details of the “game-changing” modernization of the physician self-referral law, commonly known as the Stark Law, and the safe harbors under the anti-kickback statute will be explained in the MHA webinar Stark Law Changes: Opportunities for ...

Governance Webinars Focus on Recovery

Governing board members need to think strategically about two critical issues affecting hospitals and health systems today and in the future: health equity and understanding where patients are in their care journey. ...

Beaumont Health Nurse Receives Recognition for Speaking Up

Renee Evans, RN, a clinical nurse at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, received the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center Speak-up! Award for preventing a potential adverse event to her patient. ...

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Urgent Need for Age-Friendly Care

As 2020 concludes, one key lesson remains at the forefront — the critical impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the older adult population. Eight out of 10 COVID-19 deaths reported in the United States have been in adults 65 and older. ...

MHA Member Forum Explored Health Finance

The MHA hosted a forum Dec. 17 to assist members in navigating complex health finance issues and outlining priorities for the coming year. More than 65 people attended to hear about provider relief fund reporting requirements, virtual care policies  ...

Headline Roundup: Week of Dec. 14 for COVID-19 in Michigan

As Michigan hospitals address a second surge of COVID-19 patients, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to COVID-19 vaccine distribution ...

The Keckley Report

How Will Alternative Payment Models Fare in the Biden Administration?

“Alternative payment models (APMs) have been the mechanisms whereby Medicare officials have tested ways to reduce unnecessary spending without compromising quality and safety for patients. They’re deemed ‘alternative’ by CMS because they change the incentives for hospitals and physicians from volume to value. And, in most models, they involve financial risk for providers.

“As the Biden administration assumes responsibility for Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health and other programs, the future for APMs is in suspense. …”

Paul Keckley. Dec. 14, 2020

News to Know

  • The Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) helps employers recruit and retain medical, dental and mental health primary care providers to practice in underserved communities designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas. MSLRP will provide up to $200,000 in tax-free funds to repay selected applicants’ educational debt over a period of up to eight years of participation.
  • The MHA Monday Report will not be published Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.


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