Issues in Healthcare

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association is pleased that policymakers have reached an agreement that restores vital hospital funding in the fiscal year 2020 budget.
Hospital leaders testified Dec. 5 before the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee, chaired by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), on bills that would make major changes to the Certificate of Need (CON) program in Michigan. 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled two major transparency policies for hospitals and insurers Nov. 15.
Following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s line-item vetoes to the state budget issued Sept. 30, policymakers have now gone on legislative break until December without restoring funding for any impacted programs in Michigan.
On Nov. 7, the Michigan House Health Policy Committee approved legislation to address the issue of surprise medical bills.
The Michigan Legislature continued its focus on policy bills during the week of Oct. 28, taking up multiple issues that impact hospitals.
As a result of the governor’s line-item vetoes to the state budget issued Sept. 30, the MDHHS issued bulletin MSA 19-32, a proposed policy to discontinue the Rural Access Pool for small rural hospitals and sole community hospitals effective for fiscal year 2020, which began Oct. 1.
On Oct. 30, the House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township), heard testimony on behavioral health and its impact on Michigan patients and hospitals from the MHA and Trinity Health Michigan Region.
The Michigan Legislature once again took up multiple bills that impacted hospitals over the week of Oct. 21. 
Michigan’s House and Senate policy committees took up multiple pieces of legislation that impacted hospitals during the week of Oct. 14. 
The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened its first meeting of the program year Oct. 9 to discuss legislative initiatives that could impact Michigan hospitals. 
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently released proposed revisions to the federal anti-kickback and physician self-referral (Stark law) rules. These revisions are intended to allow flexibility in value-based payment arrangements and coordinated care.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently issued a notice of proposed policy to implement work requirements and update healthy behavior requirements for Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) enrollees. The work requirements take effect Jan. 1, 2020. 
The MHA Keystone Center announces the launch of an effort funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to make health systems across Michigan more age-friendly and better serve older Michigan residents, while lowering costs of care.
On Oct. 3, members of the Bronson Healthcare team testified before the House Health Policy Committee on behalf of medical providers living with critical incident stress to advocate for House Bill (HB) 4826.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued 147 line-item vetoes to the state budget Sept. 30, eliminating nearly $1 billion in spending, including $20.2 million in healthcare funding that would make key strides in protecting and improving access and quality of care for Michigan residents.
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association is disappointed with the governor’s line-item vetoes in the fiscal year 2020 budget for the state Department of Health and Human Services.
On Sept. 24, the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) issued an order protecting auto no-fault benefits for auto accident survivors who need benefits from the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan (MACP).
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Reducing healthcare’s environmental impact is the focus of the Oct. 9-10 MHA Michigan Green Healthcare Conference.
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association fully supports the fiscal year 2020 legislative budget that will make key strides in protecting and improving access and quality of care for Michigan residents. 
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