MHA Monday Report Aug. 3, 2020

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of July 27

As Michigan enters yet another month of fighting COVID-19, the MHA continues to keep members apprised of developments affecting Michigan hospitals during the pandemic through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. …

Healthcare Community Urged to Vote in Aug. 4 Primary Election

The MHA encourages its staff, members and other stakeholders in the healthcare community to vote in the state’s primary election Aug. 4. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sample ballots are available online, and additional information and resources can be found …

New Report Reveals Negative Financial Impact of COVID-19 to Michigan Hospitals

Based on data voluntarily submitted by member hospitals from March through mid-June, the 2020 COVID-19 Impact Report, Michigan’s Front Line of Defense, highlights how hospitals across the state are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant financial impact it has had on every …

Occupational Mix Survey for 2019 Extended Additional Month

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced an additional extension of the deadline for hospital submission of the 2019 occupational mix survey from Aug. 3 to Sept. 3, 2020, due to continued COVID-19-related concerns from …

Learn Strategies for Maintaining Clean, Safe Environment During Pandemic

As healthcare facilities encourage their patients and staff to feel comfortable coming back to their facilities, doing so as safely as possible is a primary objective. This will require long-term planning, comprehensive solutions, and consultations with experts …

Lab Technician at Eaton Rapids Medical Center Receives Quarterly Speak-up! Award

The MHA Keystone Center presented Amanda Livingston, a former employee at Eaton Rapids Medical Center, with the quarterly MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award July 22. …

Davenport University Offers New Scholarship for Fall Semester

Davenport University recently announced a new scholarship to support employees who have been laid off, furloughed or unemployed due to COVID-19. Scholarship funds are available for Davenport University’s fall semester beginning Sept. 8. …

Trustee Insights Edition Outlines Ways to Revisit Strategy Due to COVID-19

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association, is now available. This month’s resources include articles focused on the coronavirus, including how to provide a wholehearted, caring approach 

The Keckley Report

The Value in Health Care Act: What Does It Mean?

“Friday, the Value in Health Care Act of 2020 was introduced … Its focus is the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) aka Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)—one of several alternative payment models introduced in the Affordable Care Act. …

“Proponents of the Medicare Shared Savings Program encourage ACO participants to stay the course and lawmakers to make it easier for providers to share in savings realized by Medicare. …

“Others think the entire Medicare program needs fresh strategies to insure its sustainability.”

Paul Keckley, July 27, 2020

News to Know

Important healthcare news for the week of Aug. 3:

  • Henry Ford Health System President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter, III, was recently selected as chair-elect designate of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.
  • The Michigan Health Policy Forum will hold its next conference virtually at 1 p.m. Sept. 14.

MHA in the News

Read recent coverage about the MHA, including articles from MLive, MiBiz and Bridge Magazine that featured quotes from MHA representatives addressing aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.