MHA Monday Report July 17, 2017

Posted on July 17, 2017

Governor Approves FY 2018 State Healthcare Budget

On July 14, Gov. Rick Snyder approved the fiscal year (FY) 2018 omnibus budget bill, House Bill (HB) 4323 during a special signing ceremony in Grand Rapids. HB 4323 comprises most state department budgets, including … Read more

Senate Republicans Release Updated Healthcare Bill

ACA repeal and replace graphicOn July 13, Republicans in the U.S. Senate issued an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) in an effort to win the votes needed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act … Read more

New Licensing & Regulatory Online System for Nursing Launching

The Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) is transitioning its Licensing & Regulatory Online System, used for license application and renewal service, from an outdated system to a new one called the Michigan Professional Licensing User … Read more

CMS Proposes Major Cuts to 2018 Medicare Outpatient Payments

On July 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) for 2018. Highlights of the proposed rule include: Significant payment reduction … Read more

Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies Delayed

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule to delay the effective date of significant changes to the Medicare and Medicaid conditions of participation for home health agencies. Implementation of … Read more

Healthcare Trustee Orientation Offered Sept. 26

There are strong views about the future of healthcare, and both hospital administration and healthcare governing bodies must seriously weigh options in the context of their organization’s mission and the community it serves to navigate … Read more

Following the golf scramble, Links Fore Health participants competed in a golf ball toss contest.Links Fore Health Golf Outing Supports Community Benefit Programs

In conjunction with the recent MHA Annual Membership Meeting, the MHA Health Foundation hosted its annual Links Fore Health Golf Outing. This outing is the single largest fundraiser for the MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award … Read more

The Keckley Report

Changing Health Insurance Plans Again: Seriously?
Paul Keckley“As the GOP Senate leadership weighs its options in moving toward a Repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its replacement, their greatest political risk is the potential that up to 22 million will lose their insurance coverage per the Congressional Budget Office’ (sic) most recent score. They have bet their political calculus on stories like Jason’s, one of 18 million in the individual insurance market whose premiums have skyrocketed. … For the rest, like Jason, it’s a crap shoot. Individual insurance plans that feature less coverage, narrow networks, high premiums, high out of pocket costs and the high likelihood the underwriter will cancel the policy the next year is standard fare. Or, they just choose to go without.”

Paul Keckley, July 10, 2017

News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news … Read more


  • MHA Monday Report July 17, 2017

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, Patient Safety and Quality, Medicare, Medicaid, OPPS, Ludwig Community Benefit Award, RCA2, home health, 2018 State Healthcare Budget, proposed rule, CMS, governance, Trustee Orientation, professional licensing, LARA, Links Fore Health, BCRA

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