Issues in Healthcare

On May 23, the MHA teamed up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Osteopathic Association, the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network to announce the creation of the Be Rx Safe campaign. Read More
Several MHA-member hospital trustees and chief executive officers gathered at the MHA Capitol Advocacy Center May 15 for a day-long education session on health policy topics and other state issues. Read More
State Treasurer Nick Khouri and the directors of the House and Senate fiscal agencies met May 16 for the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, during which the latest state revenue projections were officially presented. Read More
MHA members made visits to Capitol Hill as part of the May 6-9 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, DC. Read More
The Michigan House Appropriations Committee began work on Senate Bill (SB) 897 during a regularly scheduled meeting May 2, where committee members heard testimony on the bill.  Read More
The MHA’s testimony on a proposal to institute work requirements for Medicaid recipients in Michigan, including individuals enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, was covered by outlets across the state. Read More
On April 25, nearly 50 physician residents and hospital representatives met with more than 65 lawmakers to educate them about graduate medical education (GME) funding and the role physician residents play in delivering patient care. Read More
On Saturday, April 28, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting its annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is designed to prevent medication abuse and theft by encouraging consumers to rid their homes of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Read More
In response to legislation aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has released a new document, the Opioid Start Talking Form. Read More
The Michigan Senate approved Senate Bill (SB) 897 in a 26-11 vote held April 19. The legislation would institute work requirements for Medicaid recipients in Michigan, including individuals enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan. Read More
The latest episode of the MiCare Champion Cast, the MHA’s podcast on issues surrounding healthcare, features stories from Henry Ford Health System and Aspirus Ironwood Hospital to demonstrate the substantial role healthcare plays in the well-being of both the state’s residents and its ec... Read More
The MHA Keystone Center will host a member forum April 27 to discuss its recently developed Michigan Opioid Legislation Hospital Compliance Checklist. Read More
Michigan hospitals collectively invested more than $3 billion in total community benefits according to a new report released by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA).  Read More
The MHA submitted comments to a bipartisan group of United States Senators in response to their request for information to improve healthcare transparency.  Read More
Healthcare leaders recognize the uncertainty of healthcare policy dictated by federal and state lawmakers. One example is a recently introduced bill that would institute work requirements for Medicaid recipients. Read More
The 2018 MHA Annual Membership Meeting will feature an outstanding lineup of healthcare experts, including Ian Morrison, futurist and regular contributor to the American Hospital Association’s newsletter AHA Today, and Michael Smerconish, CNN host and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host... Read More
Before the Michigan Legislature wrapped up for its spring recess, House Bill (HB) 5678 was sent to the governor’s desk for signature. Read More
The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened its third meeting of the program year March 15 and developed recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.  Read More
A bill instituting work requirements for Medicaid recipients in Michigan, including individuals enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, was the subject of a testimony-only hearing before the Senate Committee on Michigan Competitiveness. Read More
On March 14, the state House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.) reported out House Bill (HB) 5678 to expand the definition of a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship for the purposes of prescribing Schedules II to V controlled substances. Read More
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