MHA Monday Report Aug. 23, 2021

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Aug. 16

The delta variant of COVID-19 has created crises in many parts of the nation and caused Michigan’s case numbers to climb, with nearly 930,000 confirmed cases that have led to over 20,000 deaths as of Aug. 20. Hospitalizations due to confirmed …

Vaccine Legislation Receives Hearing in State House

The state House Workforce, Trades, and Talent Committee held a hearing Aug. 19 on a proposed bill to prohibit private businesses from requiring certain vaccinations for their employees. House Bill 4471, introduced by …

Registration Open for Completing OBRA Forms Electronically

The electronic system that will be used to complete required Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act forms 3877 and 3878 will go live Sept. 20. The new electronic system will replace the current paper process for completing the forms, which …

Grant Funding Available for Rural Healthcare Services

MHA-member small and rural hospitals are eligible for new funding made available through the American Rescue Plan. The Emergency Rural Health Care program is designed to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural…

Explore How the American Rescue Plan Will Affect Healthcare

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) represents one of the largest fiscal advances to state and local government budgets in history. With appropriate strategic planning, these funds, along with the ARP’s other allocations for public health, education …

ACHE Offers Aug. 25 Webinar on Mitigating Nurse Staffing Crisis

As MHA-member hospitals and health systems continue to experience staffing shortages, the association wants to make members aware of an upcoming educational opportunity that addresses this issue. The American College of Healthcare Executives …

The Keckley Report

Re-setting Value-based Care: Two Voices Need to be Heard

“In a Health Affairs blog posted last Thursday, leaders of CMS laid out plans for the agency’s approach to value-based care and the role its innovation center (CMMI) will play. Given what’s been leaked for six months from the Biden administration, ‘Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: A Vision for the Next 10 Years’ offers few surprises but it’s no less significant.”

Paul Keckley, Aug. 16, 2021

News to Know

The MHA invites members to join a free webinar from DataGen to review key provisions included in the final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service inpatient prospective payment system for fiscal year 2022.