Issues in Healthcare

An MHA Cybersecurity Member Forum was held Sept. 14 at Davenport University, Lettinga Campus, Grand Rapids, to help members as they continue to mitigate evolving cyber security risks.
The newly released Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives addresses a wide range of questions about who physicians are and how they practice.  
As Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina Sept. 14, hospitals were prepared to care for the injured and medically fragile patients arriving in their emergency departments.
Issues in Healthcare | September 21
Recently, the ACA Medicaid Expansion in Michigan and Financial Health study was published through the National Bureau of Economic Research.
A recently published report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that Michigan experienced an 8 percent rise in opioid overdose-related deaths last year. 
On Sept. 11, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the formation of an anti-fraud unit to investigate insurance and financial fraud.
The upcoming general election will set the stage for critical healthcare policy decisions for Michigan and the nation in the years ahead. 
The MHA encourages members to renew their support of the Michigan Harvest Gathering (MHG) by conducting food drives within their facilities. 
The MHA stood alongside the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), I Vaccinate campaign representatives, the Michigan Primary Care Association and other stakeholders Aug. 15 to urge parents to put back-to-school vaccinations on their to-do lists.
Michigan’s primary election was held Tuesday, Aug. 7, finalizing the November general election ballot. The 2018 midterm election is critical to Michigan hospitals given the number of open seats available due to term limits. 
The fiscal year 2017 MHA Community Benefits Survey opened Aug. 2, with a submission deadline of Oct. 4.
The MHA encourages its staff, members and other stakeholders in the healthcare community to vote in the state’s primary election Tuesday, Aug. 7. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On July 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the American Hospital Association’s lawsuit in federal court challenging a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy to impose a $1.6 billion cut to the 340B drug savings program.
The MHA Keystone Center will conduct a webinar regarding updates to the Michigan opioid laws from 10 to 11 a.m. July 27. The education session is free of charge for members, but registration is required.
On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, an omnibus package of legislation to address the opioid drug addiction crisis. The House Energy and Commerce Committee published a summary of the package at its website dedicated to the opioid issue. 
The MHA has been working with the state of Michigan, at the request of member hospitals, to develop a way to verify whether physicians have registered with the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).
The AP reported on a two-bill legislative package passed by the Michigan Senate that would reform major components of Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law.
The MHA voiced its support of a bill that would regulate genetic counseling in Michigan in a June 9 story on MiBiz.com.
The Legislature took one step closer to finalizing the state healthcare budget during a Joint House and Senate conference committee held June 7 to approve the conference report on Senate Bill (SB) 856, the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget for the Michigan DHHS. 
The Michigan Legislature on June 7 fast-tracked the approval of a revised version of Senate Bill (SB) 897, which would require able-bodied individuals between 19 and 62 years of age to work an average of 80 hours per month to continue qualifying for healthcare coverage under Medicaid expansion. ...
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