MHA Monday Report April 19, 2021

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of April 12 

A somber milestone was reached April 17 when, according to Johns Hopkins University data, the global number of deaths caused by COVID-19 surpassed 3 million. The MHA continues to keep members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting hospitals through email updates and the MHA …


MHA Board Discusses COVID-19 Surge, Behavioral Health, Sustainability Goals

Amid a third surge of cases and hospitalizations in the state, the MHA Board of Trustees began its April 14 meeting with a review of the COVID-19 data dashboard. While Michigan’s positivity rate, emergency department visits and hospitalizations have …


Prior Authorization Legislation Gets Senate Hearing

Michigan’s House and Senate policy committees took up several bills impacting hospitals during the week of April 12. They addressed a bill making changes to prior authorization for healthcare services, a bill to expand scope of practice for certain mental health …


Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule Released

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


Michigan’s Medicaid Work Requirement Rescinded

The Biden administration informed the state of Michigan April 6 it had withdrawn approval of the state’s community engagement requirement for some adult beneficiaries of the Healthy Michigan Plan, also known as the work requirement. In a 64-page letter …


Medicaid Proposal Would Standardize Lab Billing for Testing of Multiple Genes

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released a proposed policy to standardize the billing and coding of next generation sequencing multigene panel laboratory tests across laboratory providers. The proposed changes …


Temporary Telehealth Coverage Expanded for Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an expanded list of telehealth services March 31. The 24 newly added CPT codes for audiology and speech-language pathology will be covered through the duration of the public health …


Nominations Due April 22 for Quarterly Speak-up! Award

The deadline to submit a nomination for the quarterly MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award is 11:59 p.m. April 22. The award is designed to acknowledge the efforts of individuals or teams within …


CMS Restraint and Seclusion Webinar Examines Regulations

While the use of restraints can prevent significant risks to the patient, it is controversial and highly regulated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission. The MHA Health Foundation is partnering with the Georgia Hospital …


The Future of Acute Care Hospital is Focus of Webinar

In the initial months of the pandemic, the lack of a coordinated federal response stressed the nation’s healthcare delivery system. Market fragmentation was visible as hospitals dealt with staff and supply shortages and operating at capacity amid financial …


Headline Roundup: Week of April 12 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

The Short Game: 3 Issues that will Frame Biden Administration Health Priorities through 2022

“Last week, President Biden submitted his proposed FY 2022 budget for discretionary spending in the Federal Government’s 15 departments: healthcare figures prominently in the $1.52 trillion package."

"This budget comes at a precarious time for the U.S. healthcare industry … ”

Paul Keckley. April 12, 2021


News to Know

National Hospital Week 2021 will be celebrated May 9-15, providing an opportunity to highlight hospitals, health systems and healthcare workers and the innovative ways they are supporting the needs of community members.