Issues in Healthcare

As reported Jan. 11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the Bundled Payment for Care Initiative Advanced program, a voluntary Medicare fee-for-service 90-day episode payment model. Key dates for interested providers to consider have now been released. Read More
Issues in Healthcare | February 23
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley sent a letter to all health systems and hospitals in Michigan Feb. 22 urging them to integrate their existing electronic health records (EHR) with the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) as part of the fight against opioid misuse. Read More
Issues in Healthcare | February 22
On Feb. 14, the House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.) reported out House Bill (HB) 5439, which requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to create an inpatient psychiatric bed registry. Read More
Issues in Healthcare | February 15
In a Feb. 13, 2018, interview on Michigan Radio's Stateside program, Sam Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety & Quality, discusses hospitals' concerns with a package of bills that would institute mandatory nurse-staffing ratios. Read More
In this Feb. 11, 2018, article, Crain's Detroit Business reporter Jay Greene takes a look at how a rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that effected funding available through the federal 340B Drug Discount Program is impacting Michigan hospitals.  Read More
The latest episode of the MiCare Champion Cast covers vaccinations and raises awareness about serious vaccine-preventable illnesses in Michigan, including the flu and hepatitis A. Read More
Issues in Healthcare | February 09
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association applauds Gov. Snyder for his continued support of improved healthcare across Michigan, as evidenced by today’s Executive Budget Proposal. Read More
Yesterday, legislation was introduced that would completely eliminate Michigan’s no-fault system, which gives drivers and families the care and assistance they need after an accident.  Read More
The MHA’s Ludwig Community Benefit Award is presented annually to recognize MHA-member healthcare organizations that demonstrate community benefit by improving the health and well-being of their communities through collaborative health, economic or social initiatives. Read More
On Jan. 24, Detroit’s WJR News Talk Radio broadcast the Frank Beckmann Show “Live from Lansing” as part of its coverage of Gov. Rick Snyder’s state of the state address and the legislative issues facing the state in 2018. Read More
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently issued a draft proposed policy regarding the April 1 launch of the MI Marketplace Option and is seeking stakeholder input by Feb. 16. ​ Read More
As part of a national effort to bring attention to a lack of federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the MHA joined member hospitals, the American Hospital Association, and a coalition of state and national organizations and healthcare providers for a Day of Action ... Read More
The MHA is accepting nominations for its 2018 Ludwig Community Benefit Award until the close of business Feb. 16. The award is named for Patric E. Ludwig, former MHA president and Bronson Healthcare Group president, and honors Michigan hospitals that demonstrate outstanding community benefit by ... Read More
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has developed a summary of a January 2017 survey on the policies, procedures and barriers to vaccination of healthcare personnel (HCP) in long-term-care facilities (LTCFs).  Read More
The 2017 Michigan Harvest Gathering has drawn to a close, with the MHA and its members contributing nearly 46,000 pounds of food and more than $60,000 to help feed the 1.7 million people who are suffering from hunger in Michigan. Read More
Issues in Healthcare | December 18
Before the Michigan Legislature wrapped up for its winter recess, both the House and Senate passed a package of bills aimed at combating Michigan’s growing opioid epidemic. Read More
Issues in Healthcare | December 15
The latest episode of the MiCare Champion Cast covers sepsis and raises awareness about Michigan hospitals’ efforts to combat this serious condition.  Read More
The Medical Services Administration recently released a final policy to increase physician payment rates for neonatal and pediatric critical and intensive care services, effective Jan. 1.  Read More
The MHA Legislative Policy Panel recently convened its second meeting of the 2017-2018 program year and developed recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.  Read More
Issues in Healthcare | December 07
On Nov. 29, members of the Michigan House Health Policy Committee heard testimony on House Bills 4629-4631, legislation that would mandate nurse staffing ratios in Michigan. Read More
Issues in Healthcare | November 30
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