MHA Monday Report August 30, 2021

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Aug. 23

The MHA continues to keep members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting hospitals through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage.

Implementation Delayed on Portions of No Surprises Act

The federal departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury recently issued a frequently asked questions document regarding requirements for providers and health plans under the No Surprises Act and the Transparency in …

Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing Explored in Project Baby Deer Case Review

The MHA Keystone Center, through Project Baby Deer, is hosting a call from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 to discuss rapid Whole Genome Sequencing. The first half of the call will be dedicated to an organization’s case review …

Cybersecurity Member Forum Scheduled for October

Cyberattacks are a clear and present danger to patient care and safety. Questions regarding organizational alignment with the current cybersecurity environment cannot be answered solely by considering the electronic defense measures that are in …

The Keckley Report

Time for a New Paradigm in Hospital Consolidation Debate

“In the current issue of Health Affairs, MedPAC chairman and Harvard Med School policy guru Michael Chernow and colleagues took on the wonky concept that lower payments by Medicare and Medicaid to hospitals result in cost-shifting to commercial payers who pay more. It’s particularly relevant to the industry’s intensifying debate about hospital consolidation and its cause.”

Paul Keckley, Aug. 23, 2021

MHA in the News

The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the growth in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as well as COVID-19 vaccines.