MHA Monday Report Jan. 17, 2022

MHA Covid-19 update

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Jan. 10

The state of Michigan held a press conference Jan. 11 to discuss the rapid rise in case numbers, hospitalizations (especially pediatric hospitalizations) and positivity rates. Speakers urged all residents who are eligible to be both vaccinated and boosted as quickly as possible. Representatives from Children’s Hospital of Michigan joined …


Virtual BreakthroughExplore Ways to Advance Health Equity, Workforce and Resilience at Breakthrough

MHA Breakthrough, which will be held in-person Feb. 17 and 18 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, provides a venue for crucial conversations about the healthcare crisis and ways providers can lead recovery using information …


Application Closing Soon for ED Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Initiative

In partnership with the MHA Keystone Center, the Michigan Opioid Partnership and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has launched an Emergency Department  Medication for Opioid Use Disorder …


Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Response Training Essential to Safety

The threat or use of physical force or harassment against a healthcare worker very often results in injury, psychological trauma or stress. Aggressive behavior and violence are becoming a too frequent reality, and healthcare employees need to understand the actions and behaviors needed to protect themselves …


PSOPatient Safety Organization Annual Meeting Will be Held March 9

The 2022 MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization Annual Meeting will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. March 9. Participants will hear about topics related to the intersection of health equity and safety, anticoagulation-related medication events, addressing violence in …


MHA CEO Brian Peters appears on Mid-Michigan NOW on Jan. 13, 2022.Headline Roundup: Week of Jan. 10 for COVID-19 in Michigan

The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the vaccine mandate from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

The PE Playbook: What to Expect in 2022

“Private equity’s impact in healthcare delivery accelerated during the pandemic. Next year, it’s likely to continue with profound implications for traditional providers. The facts are these …”

Paul Keckley, Dec. 20, 2021


News to Know

  • The MHA will host a free webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. EST Jan. 25 to provide an update on price transparency and the No Surprises Act, including what is now required for compliance.
  • MHA offices will be closed and no formal meetings will be scheduled Jan. 17 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

     


MHA Monday Report Jan. 10, 2022

MHA Covid-19 update

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Weeks of Dec. 20, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID Data Tracker, the omicron variant of COVID-19 is now the dominant strain across the U.S. The CDC’s model indicates that more than 95% of cases in the nation as of Jan. 1 may be due to omicron. …


Governor Signs Bill to Codify Licensure Exemptionscapitol building

On Dec. 27, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Senate Bill 759, which codifies a licensure exemption provision that has given hospitals regulatory flexibility to appropriately respond to the pandemic, specifically staffing challenges. …


Virtual BreakthroughPandemic and Workforce Challenges Topics at MHA Breakthrough

At the close of 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic situation confronting Michigan hospitals was dire. A prolonged fourth surge drove intensive care unit occupancy rates to nearly 90 percent. Additionally, significant workforce challenges that predated the pandemic became worse and the increasing rates of …


Webinar Will Help Boards Analyze Strategic Plan

Innovation in medicine and service delivery, new competitors, payer upheaval, renewed scrutiny on the social determinants of health, and more are creating instability. There is much work ahead for hospital and health system boards as organizations reassess their strategic plans, community …


Medicaid to Cover Dialysis Services for ESO Beneficiaries in Dialysis Facilities

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released concurrent proposed and final policies to clarify Medicaid policy for the treatment of End Stage Renal Disease for beneficiaries covered under Medicaid Emergency Services Only. …


Virtual Events Focus on Active Shooter, Workplace Violence Prevention and Response

Aggressive behavior and violence are becoming a too frequent reality, whether it is expressed as violence against caregivers or gun violence in the community. The MHA is holding two virtual events to assist members with these challenges. …


WELL-B Program Starting March 1

Well-being Essentials for Learning Life-Balance is a behavioral health training program for the healthcare workforce that delivers weekly webinars on evidence-based well-being topics, including prevalence and severity of burnout, relationship resilience and being present. Compared to …


MHA CEO Brian Peters appears on CNN on Jan. 3, 2022.

Headline Roundup: Weeks of Dec. 20, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 for COVID-19 in Michigan

The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the omicron variant and increasing rates of violence against healthcare workers. …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

The No Surprise Act Means Plenty of Surprises

“Effective last Sunday, the No Surprises Act (NSA) passed by Congress in December 2020, became law. It protects consumers against surprise bills from out-of-network hospitals and physicians which apply to 10 million patient encounters including 1 in 5 emergency room visits and 1 in 6 in-network hospitalizations.”

Paul Keckley, Jan. 3, 2022


News to Know

Hospital staff are encouraged to participate in a national webinar hosted by DataGen to review the Medicare fee-for-service outpatient prospective payment system final rule and impact analysis for calendar year 2022.


MHA Monday Report Dec. 20, 2021

MHA Covid-19 update

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Dec. 13

A full year after COVID-19 vaccines were made available in the U.S., the coronavirus continues to sicken and kill people, with nationwide deaths from the illness surpassing 800,000. As demonstrated in a collection of headlines, Michigan’s hospitals are being stretched to treat COVID-19 patients across …


capitol buildingMichigan House Passes Healthcare Workforce Funding Bill

The Michigan House of Representatives passed Dec. 14 House Bill 5523, a $1 billion COVID-19 supplemental funding bill that includes $300 million for recruiting and retaining healthcare workers. The appropriation is a direct result of MHA advocacy efforts regarding the dire situation of hospitals confronting staff …


Bill to Codify Licensure Exemptions Awaits Governor’s Signature

The full House passed Senate Bill (SB) 759 Dec. 14 and it now awaits the governor’s signature. Introduced by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington) and supported by the MHA, SB 759 would codify a provision that has given hospitals flexibility to appropriately respond to the pandemic; however, the …


Advocacy Continues to Defend Healthcare from Harmful Federal Policies

President Joe Biden Dec. 10 signed legislation to postpone several proposed cuts in Medicare rates recently approved by Congress. The MHA and the American Hospital Association had urged lawmakers to delay the cuts that would have taken effect Jan. 1 due to …


Virtual Breakthrough

Discuss Approaches to Pandemic, Workforce Challenges at MHA Breakthrough

In a recent video message, MHA CEO Brian Peters shared his thoughts about the MHA’s commitment to helping hospitals and health systems deal with the effects of the pandemic and the value of convening in person to study challenges, learn from


COVID-19 Impact on Strategic Planning Focus of Webinar

Hospital and health system boards will face challenges as the world transitions from a multiyear pandemic to confronting an endemic disease. The industry is experiencing instability and near-constant change: innovation in medicine and service delivery, new competitors, payer upheaval, renewed scrutiny on …


Two-part Webinar Will Review Challenging Accreditation Standards Jan. 13

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other regulatory agencies are continually revising requirements that result in changes to The Joint Commission (TJC) standards. In addition, there are problematic areas that are commonly reviewed on TJC surveys that require additional education and …


MHA Creates COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit for Hospitals

As hospitals and health systems across Michigan continue communication efforts around COVID-19 and the importance of getting vaccinated this winter season, the MHA has developed a downloadable social media toolkit with posts and graphics for healthcare organizations to share across digital …


Recording Available of Event Outlining Collection of SOGI Data Best Practices

MHA members were among those who virtually attended the webinar Collection of Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Data Best Practices for the Acute Care Setting. The event was hosted Nov. 10 by the Michigan Public Health Institute, the Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy, the MHA …


Mental Health and Resilience for Health Care Workers During the HolidaysAbilitiCBT Logo

Mental health is central to everything. This is a definitive statement because it is so true. Mental health is central to our quality of life, relationships, work experience and even participation in the economy. Many people take it for granted, but if there is any benefit to the strain of the past twenty months, it is that it …


Trustee Insights Highlights Crisis Standards of Care, Community Investment

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association, is now available. This month’s issue features an article on crisis standards of care. In this severe pandemic, one of the most challenging demands that many hospitals may face is …


MHA SVP Adam Carlson speaks with WWMT-TV on SB 759

Headline Roundup: Week of Dec. 13 for COVID-19 in Michigan

The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and workforce sustainability challenges. …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

Inflation and Healthcare: Prices Matter

“Medical care services- one of two components of the Medical Care Index in the United States- increased 2.1% for the 12 months ending November 2021, after rising 3.2% in 2020 and 5.1% in 2019 over the same time period …

“A one-month or one-year look-back period doesn’t tell the full story for healthcare.”

Paul Keckley, Dec. 13, 2021


MHA Monday Report Dec. 13, 2021

MHA Covid-19 update

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Dec. 6

As MHA CEO Brian Peters outlines in his December CEO Report, the situation confronting Michigan hospitals is dire, with hospitalizations due to COVID-19 exceeding record highs and intensive care units full of patients — most of whom are unvaccinated. The MHA joins healthcare experts around the country in urging the public to get one of the available …


Tell Legislature to Pass Supplemental Budget for COVID-19 Funding

The Michigan House Appropriations Committee adopted an H-3 substitute for House Bill 5523 Dec. 8. The COVID-19 supplemental funding bill would allocate $1.2 billion in federal funds, including $300 million for recruitment and retention bonuses for healthcare settings. The appropriation is in …


MHA and Members Testify in Support of Licensure Exemption Bill

The House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian), reported the MHA-supported Senate Bill 759 to the full House Dec. 9. Before the bill was reported, Adam Carlson, senior vice president of advocacy, MHA, and Sean Gehle, regional vice president, advocacy and …


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The Michigan House of Representatives acted on several bills related to healthcare during the week of Dec. 6. The House Education Committee supported legislation to allow community colleges to offer four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. The House Health Policy Committee approved …


MHA Rounds Report - Brian Peters, MHA CEOMHA CEO Report — Staying Resilient Through the Ongoing Pandemic

MHA CEO Brian Peters discusses the ongoing COVID-19 surge in Michigan and solutions to address workforce sustainability.


Grants Available to Fund ED Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Initiative

In partnership with the MHA Keystone Center, Michigan Opioid Partnership and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has launched an Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Initiative and …


MHA SVP Adam Carlson speaks with WNEM TV5

Headline Roundup: Week of Dec. 6 for COVID-19 in Michigan

The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as well as two pieces of legislation that would address the staffing crisis.


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

The Value Agenda for Physicians in 2022

“This week, more than 800 will assemble in San Diego for America’s Physician Group’s (APG) 2021 Annual Conference. The group’s 335 member organizations seek to replace ‘the antiquated, dysfunctional fee-for-service reimbursement system with a clinically integrated, value-based healthcare system where physician groups are accountable for the coordination, cost, and quality of patient care.’”

Paul Keckley, Dec. 6, 2021


News to Know

  • The MHA welcomes AbilitiCBT by LifeWorks as a new Endorsed Business Partner that can help healthcare organizations support and enhance the mental health of their employees — which is especially critical now, with employee burnout and turnover reaching record heights.
  • MiPLUS, the Bureau of Professional Licensing licensing platform, sends an electronic copy of a provider license via email as soon as it is issued or renewed. Paper copies of licenses will no longer be automatically mailed upon issuance or renewal beginning Jan. 1.
  • The MHA recently submitted comments to the United States departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury and the Office of Personnel Management regarding the No Surprises Act Part 2.

MHA Monday Report Dec. 6, 2021

MHA Covid-19 update

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Weeks of Nov. 22 and 29

The state’s coronavirus webpage indicates there were an average of 9,222 new COVID-19 cases per day Dec. 2 and 3, bleakly demonstrating the current surge of the disease in Michigan. However, 55.6% of Michiganders ages 5 and older were fully vaccinated as of Dec. 3, and more than 1.6 million residents had …


Hospital Leaders Provide Testimony Amid Latest COVID Surge

Hospital leaders from around the state testified Dec. 1 before the House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell). They discussed the current challenges Michigan’s hospitals face as they near the statewide record for COVID-19 hospitalizations while having more COVID-19 …


Hospital Testimony Supports Community College BSN Degrees

The Michigan Legislature held several hearings on legislation supported by the MHA during the week of Nov. 29. In the House Education Committee, initial testimony was taken on a bill to allow community colleges to offer 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. The Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee reported to the …


Bill to Codify Licensure Exemptions, Assist in Workforce Shortage Reported to Senate

The Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee reported Senate Bill 759 to the Senate floor Dec. 2. Introduced by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington) and supported by the MHA, SB 759 would codify a provision that has given hospitals flexibility to appropriately respond to …


CMS Offers Forum on No Surprises Act Dec. 8

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicaid Services Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight will host a special Open Door Forum via conference call at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 to review provider requirements under the federal No Surprises Act. …


New MHA Infographic Highlights Michigan’s Midsize Vital Hospitals

The MHA has released a new infographic highlighting Michigan’s 32 midsize vital hospitals. The publication seeks to bring attention to these facilities that ensure access to care for residents in rural and small urban areas that, while they experience similar challenges to critical access hospitals, are not eligible for …


Governance Webinar Outlines Ties Between Trends and Strategic Planning

Hospital and health system boards will face challenges as the world transitions from a multiyear pandemic to an endemic. The industry is experiencing instability and near-constant change: innovation in medicine and service delivery, new competitors, payer upheaval, renewed scrutiny on the social determinants of …

Virtual Breakthrough


Registration Open for MHA Breakthrough In-person Event in February

The COVID-19 crisis has made clear what American healthcare providers are capable of and their infinite potential, yet challenges remain. COVID-19 variants continue to plague the nation’s health; regular harassment and violence toward caregivers sustains burnout brought about by exhaustion and …


Upcoming Webinar to Improve Healthcare for Transgender Population

Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals deal with many common fears that can be debilitating. Healthcare providers need to understand the obstacles that this population faces to improve medical care for their patients. The MHA Health Foundation Transgender Healthcare Dignity Model …


MHA CEO Brian Peters appears Nov. 23 on CNN

Headline Roundup: Michigan Hospital CMOs Urge Action Against COVID-19

The MHA published a consensus statement Nov. 22 on behalf of chief medical officers of Michigan’s community hospitals urging the public to take action to help slow COVID-19 growth throughout the state. …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

STAT Investigation on Ascension Private Equity Activity Problematic for Hospitals

“The STAT headline last Tuesday read: ‘How America’s largest Catholic hospital system is moonlighting as a private equity firm’ The news organization’s investigation involved ‘interviews with nearly two dozen academic experts, financial analysts, accountants, and community organizers … ’”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 22, 2021


News to Know

  • The MHA will host a free webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. ET Dec. 7 to provide an update on price transparency and the No Surprises Act, including what is required for compliance as of Jan. 1.
  • An Unemployment Compensation and Vaccine Mandates webinar will be offered at 10 a.m. ET Dec. 9.
  • The MHA welcomes care.ai as a new Endorsed Business Partner providing the first AI-powered autonomous monitoring solutions for care teams and their patients.

MHA Monday Report Nov. 22, 2021

MHA Covid-19 updateCombating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Nov. 15

Michigan is once again among the states with the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the nation, with the New York Times reporting that Michigan and Minnesota lead the country in cases per capita. On Nov. 19, there were 3,424 adults hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, in addition to …


Out-of-state Licensure Provider Exemption to Expire Jan. 11

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has provided a 30-day notice that the out-of-state licensure provider exemption will no longer be in effect as of Jan. 11, 2022. The MHA worked with the state to develop this provision effective March 16, 2020, and to keep it in effect since …


Medicare Premiums and Deductibles Announced for 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that the Medicare Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $72 in calendar year  2022 to $1,556. The Part A daily coinsurance amounts …


Webinar Offered to Apprise Providers on Transgender Issues in Healthcare

Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals deal with many common fears that can be debilitating. Healthcare providers need to understand the obstacles that this population faces to improve medical care for their patients. The MHA Health Foundation Transgender Healthcare Dignity Model …


Prepare Now for March Application Period of State Loan Repayment Program

Applications for the 2022 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program will be accepted from March 7-11 through the File Transfer Application System. Providers should create an account in the system as soon as possible, but should not upload their MSLRP application documents before March 7. …


Trustee Insights Edition Highlights Workforce Trends

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association, is now available. This month’s issue includes a report on the latest forces and trends affecting healthcare human resources, including education, training and the evolving practice …


covidHeadline Roundup: Week of Nov. 15  for COVID-19 in Michigan

The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the growth in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, hospital capacity and healthcare workforce sustainability. …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

The KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey: An Accurate but Incomplete Picture

“Last Wednesday, Kaiser Family Foundation released its 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey—the 23rd in the series. …

“The KFF researchers note that changes in employer benefits participation are ‘unchanged’ but noticeable trends suggest changes ahead.”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 15, 2021


News to Know

  • The MHA Monday Report will not be published Nov. 29, but timely news will continue to be posted in the MHA Newsroom prior to publication of the Dec. 6 edition of Monday Report.
  • The MHA will offer a webinar on Unemployment Compensation and Vaccine Mandates at 10 a.m. EST Dec. 9.
  • The MHA will host a free webinar from noon to 12:45 p.m. EST Dec. 9 to review new requirements from The Joint Commission on workplace violence that take effect in January.

MHA Monday Report Nov. 15, 2021

 

Comments Due Jan. 4 on Federal Vaccine Mandates; MHA Summary Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released the anticipated detailed rules mandating vaccines for employees of healthcare facilities and businesses with 100 or more workers. …


Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System Updated for 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service prospective payment system for home health agencies effective Jan. 1, 2022. …


Michigan Harvest GatheringsMichigan Harvest Gathering 2021 Campaign Concludes

For several weeks, Michigan hospitals and health systems helped generate donations to the Food Bank Council of Michigan through the Michigan Harvest Gathering. The campaign ended Nov. 12, and the MHA will issue a final report in late November outlining …


Healthcare Organizations Gather Virtually for Michigan Health Equity Summit

Nearly 137 safety and quality professionals participated in the virtual Michigan Health Equity Summit Nov. 3 hosted by the Michigan Public Health Institute, the Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy and the MHA Keystone …


Webinar Will Discuss Unemployment Compensation and Vaccine Mandates

As deadlines take effect for COVID-19 vaccine mandates at healthcare organizations, unemployment compensation claims will arise from employees who elect to resign or who are discharged for noncompliance with the mandate. …


covidHeadline Roundup: Week of Nov. 8 for COVID-19 in Michigan

The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the growth in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, hospital capacity and healthcare workforce sustainability. Below is a collection of headlines from around the …


Paul Keckley

The Keckley Report

Financial Sponsors Pose Unique Challenge to Healthcare Providers

“Outside pressures for affordability, equitable access and price transparency are finding their way into regulations like surprise medical billing and constraints on consolidation. But the specter of proposed increases to both the corporate tax rate … capital gains … and related carried interest rules … are prompting investors to rethink future capital deployment.”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 8, 2021


News to Know

The Root Cause Coalition, of which the MHA is a founding member, is accepting applications for its inaugural Health Justice Award through 11:59 p.m. PST Jan. 31.

MHA Monday Report Nov. 8, 2021

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capitol buildingHouse Health Policy Committee Advances MHA-supported Bills

The House Health Policy Committee met Nov. 4 to take up several bills that the MHA has indicated support for. The committee advanced a bill to allow Michigan pharmacies to fill noncontrolled substance prescriptions written by out-of-state advance practice prescribers, which was introduced by …


MHA CEO Brian PetersMedia Join Healthcare Workforce Sustainability Alliance Press Conference

The MHA conducted Nov. 4 a virtual press conference announcing the Healthcare Workforce Sustainability Alliance, a newly formed partnership with the Health Care Association of Michigan, the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services, the Michigan Community College Association …


Medicare Outpatient Payment Final Rule Makes Changes for 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service outpatient prospective payment system effective Jan. 1, 2022. …


Grants to Fund Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Initiative

In partnership with the MHA Keystone Center, Michigan Opioid Partnership and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is launching a new Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Initiative …


Survey Assesses Need for Older Adult Care Support

As a patient safety and quality organization committed to better outcomes, the MHA Keystone Center is dedicated to supporting health systems across Michigan in becoming age friendly. By adopting evidence-based models and delivery care practices that meet the needs and preferences of …


MHA Rounds Report - Brian Peters, MHA CEOMHA CEO Report — Our Strategic Action Plan

MHA CEO Brian Peters discusses the MHA’s 2021-2022 strategic action plan that serves as a road map for the association’s important efforts over the coming 12 months.


Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Affects Telehealth, Vaccines, More

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule for calendar year 2022, which includes updates to Medicare payments under the schedule and other Medicare Part B issues effective Jan. 1. Provisions of the rule will …


Expansion of Skilled Nursing Services for Aging Population Explored in Webinar

Hospitals and health systems are experiencing a decrease in routine inpatient admissions, prompting development of other services. One of these services is post-acute care, which is expected to grow as the population ages and skilled nursing facilities are expanded and created. To build skilled …


Paul Keckley

The Keckley Report

Increased Private Investor Activity, Weakened Consumer Confidence Driving Post Pandemic Healthcare

“What the post pandemic economy means for the U.S. business climate and its impact on the healthcare system remains unknown, but what’s clear is that two magnum momentum shifts will weigh heavily.”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 1, 2021


News to Know

Applications for the 2022 American Hospital Association Dick Davidson NOVA Award are due Nov. 19.


MHA in the News

MLive published an article Nov. 3 that quotes MHA CEO Brian Peters on the CDC approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

MHA Monday Report Nov. 1, 2021

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MHA Covid-19 updateCombating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Oct. 25

The number of Michiganders ages 16 and older who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine reached 69% Oct. 28, according to the state tracker. More than 59% of those ages 12 and up were fully vaccinated as of Oct. 26. …

 


capitol backgroundSenate Introduces Behavioral Health Funding, Including MHA Priorities

State legislative action continued during the week of Oct. 25, including committee votes on bills impacting behavioral health and certificate of need. The state Senate introduced a $350 million supplemental spending request …

 


New Healthcare Workplace Safety Posters AvailableAssault is not part of our job. It is a crime.

As healthcare workers across the country, including Michigan, are experiencing a growing rate of incidents of violence, the MHA has developed workplace safety posters for members to display throughout …

 


Best Practices Reviewed for Collecting Patient Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Data

MHA members are invited to participate in the webinar Collection of SOGI Data Best Practices for the Acute Care Setting, which will be held 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. ET Nov. 10. In this training, Chris Grasso, vice president, health informatics and data services, and …


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Michigan Harvest Gathering 2021 Campaign Kicks Off at News Conference

In his remarks at the 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering news conference kickoff, MHA CEO Brian Peters noted the negative impact food insecurity has on health and how Michigan hospitals, for the 24th consecutive year, are supporting the Michigan Harvest …


Webinar Provides Tips for Successful Surveys from The Joint Commission

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other regulatory agencies are continually revising requirements that result in changes to The Joint Commission standards. In addition, there are problematic areas that are …


Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Cuts Hospital Costs, Improves Patient Care

The MHA Keystone Center is working alongside the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan through the Michigan Opioid Partnership to provide funding and technical assistance for the emergency department-based medication for opioid use disorder program. The program will …


Medicare Advantage Enrollment Continues to Rise

Medicare Advantage enrollment in Michigan totaled approximately 1.12 million in October, an increase of 13,000 beneficiaries since July. The October MA enrollment is spread across 45 MA plans that are currently operating in the state, with approximately …


Paul KeckleyThe Keckley Report

Three Major Policy Shifts in the 2022 Healthcare Regulatory Environment

“With Campaign 2022 underway, the fifth wave of the pandemic in check and divided Congress, big shifts in the regulatory environment for every industry including healthcare are unlikely. Instead, administrative actions taken by federal/state agencies, legal challenges in the courts, oversight reports from government watchdogs prompting actions and executive orders issued by the White House and Governors will drive changes in the regulatory climate.”

Paul Keckley, Oct. 25, 2021


MHA in the News

The MHA responded to several media requests the week of Oct. 25 that focused on hospital price transparency and the on-going staffing crisis.

MHA Monday Report Oct. 25, 2021

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MHA Covid-19 updateCombating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Oct. 18

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Oct. 21 formally endorsed the use of COVID-19 booster shots from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson for some adults. This comes on the heels of the Oct. 20 approval from the Food and Drug Administration. …


Healthcare-related Legislation Continues to Progresscapitol background

Legislative action continued during the week of Oct. 18, including votes on several bills impacting hospitals. Topics included licensure for dietitians and nutritionists, emergency department-based medication assisted treatment, and a bill to ensure employers have access to general …


Input Needed on Allocation of Opioid Settlement Funding

The MHA and its member hospitals have been heavily committed to addressing the misuse of prescription drugs, which has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the MHA continues to work with stakeholders on passing current legislation to expand …


Live Kickoff of 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering Scheduled for Oct. 26Michigan Harvest Gatherings

The MHA, the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association will publicly announce the 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering and Michigan Meal Challenge campaign Oct. 26.  …

 


Sparrow Hospital Nurse Protects Pediatric Patient, Receives Awardspeak up

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center honored Jennifer Brandt, an emergency department registered nurse at Sparrow Hospital, Oct. 21 with the quarterly MHA Keystone …

 


Trustee Insights Highlights Effective Governance Practices, Drivers of Improvement

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association, is now available. The October issue includes articles about board consolidation and steps boards should consider for improving overall …


Paul KeckleyThe Keckley Report

Outsiders are Re-shaping Healthcare Delivery

“While vaccine mandates and the advisability of boosters and its devastating impact on the healthcare workforce dominate media attention, opportunists with deep pockets outside traditional health delivery have taken advantage of the delivery system’s pandemic pause.”

Paul Keckley, Oct. 18, 2021