MHA Monday Report April 12, 2021

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of April 5 

Michigan hospitals are quickly reaching inpatient capacity as coronavirus variants spread throughout the state and contribute to a severe surge in COVID-19. The MHA continues to keep members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting hospitals through email updates and the MHA …

Registration Open for MHA Virtual Annual Membership Meeting

The 2021 Virtual MHA Annual Membership Meeting will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 24. The event will feature a federal update from Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, and remarks by …

Comments Being Accepted on Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service prospective payment system for inpatient rehabilitation facilities for fiscal year 2022, which begins Oct. 1, 2021. …

FCC to Relaunch COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The Federal Communications Commission announced that it voted March 30 to reopen the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, a $249.95 million federal initiative that builds on the $200 million program established as part of the CARES Act …

Proposed Rule Released for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service prospective payment system for inpatient psychiatric facilities for fiscal year 2022 …

CEO Report – Protecting the Financial Health of Hospitals

MHA CEO Brian Peters discusses the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Michigan hospitals, including as a result of climbing expenses, decreased revenue and caring for an increased number of uninsured patients due to economic conditions.

Bronson Battle Creek Employee Receives Award for Speaking Up for Patient’s Safety

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center honored Mozella Horton-Peters, an environmental services employee at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, April 6, with the quarterly MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award. …

Speaker Sought to Explore Mental Health and Wellbeing During COVID-19

The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization is seeking a speaker for an upcoming safe table focusing on mental health and wellbeing of employees within hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The speaker will be asked to provide approximately 30 …

Headline Roundup: Week of April 5 for COVID-19 in Michigan

As Michigan hospitals care for a third surge of COVID-19 patients, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the increase in infections and hospitalizations over the past month …

The Keckley Report

American Jobs Plan Mixed Bag for Healthcare

“Last Wednesday, the Biden administration announced its infrastructure bill—the $2.3 trillion ‘American Jobs Plan’ that includes $400 billion for home caregivers among its domestic spending programs.

“As proposed, the American Jobs Plan will be implemented over the next 8 years and paid for by higher corporate taxes for the next 15 years.”

Paul Keckley. April 5, 2021

News to Know

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced April 1 the state’s Hepatitis C Elimination Plan and We Treat Hep C Initiative.