MHA Monday Report July 13, 2020

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of July 6

During a July 9 news conference, the governor and her team commented on the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state. Many Michigan residents have seemingly relaxed their attitudes toward physical distancing and wearing masks …

State Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Deal Reached

On June 29, Governor Whitmer and legislative leaders announced an agreement to resolve the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget deficit. The deal uses a combination of funding from the state Budget Stabilization Fund, federal Coronavirus  …

Webinars Help C-suite, Governance Leaders Make Decisions During Pandemic​

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the MHA is hosting two webinars in July to assist healthcare leaders in planning for continued/future outbreaks and ensuring safe, evidence-based care for coronavirus patients. …

Next Maternal Health Webinar and Safety Sessions Geared Toward Northern Michigan

Improving the health of mothers and infants is a priority for the MHA Keystone Center and the state of Michigan, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shared in her State of the State address earlier this year. …

Medicaid Psych Collaborative Care Model Final Policy Released, Effective Aug. 1

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released a final policy to establish Medicaid program coverage conditions and requirements for the Psychiatric Collaborative Care Model effective for dates of service on and after …

CEO Report – Advancing Health Equity

In this month's CEO Report, MHA CEO Brian Peters focuses on eliminating health disparities to advance health equity and improve quality in communities. 

Webinars Explore COVID-19 Financial Impact and Racial Disparities

The MHA webinar series Leadership and Resiliency: Navigating Through and Beyond COVID-19 explores several mission-critical leadership qualities leaders need to help traverse this difficult time. The remaining four webinars will cover different topics …

Infection Prevention Boot Camp Series Enhances Quality and Safety

The Infection Prevention Boot Camp webinar series gives healthcare staff a thorough understanding of how to create and lead a comprehensive infection prevention and control plan across units and disciplines. Credentialed, expert faculty will detail critical

Trustee Insights Edition Outlines COVID-19 Governance Resources

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 the board’s role in …

Facebook Live Series Offers Evidence-based Smoking Cessation Methods

Approximately 34 million American adults smoke combustible cigarettes, but 68% have said they want to quit. The need to quit has become even more critical as research begins to show a higher risk of poor outcomes in COVID-19 patients who smoke. …

The Keckley Report

Is Gilead’s Price for Remdesivir Fair?

“Last week, Gilead Sciences announced pricing for its breakthrough Covid-19 drug remdesivir …  approved by the FDA for emergency use in May. The company announced it will charge $2,340 for a typical course of treatment for people covered by government health programs (Indian Health Service, Veterans Health, and others) and $3,120 for U.S. patients with private insurance.

“The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) … said that remdesivir would be cost-effective at as much as $5,080 per treatment course.”

Paul Keckley, July 6, 2020

News to Know

Important healthcare news for the week of July 13:

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched an online portal where community organizations can request free naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses and saves lives.
  • The Bureau of Professional Licensing within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has delayed Phase 3 of the transition to the online licensing and regulatory database for health and occupational professionals, called the Michigan Professional Licensing User System.

MHA in the News

Read recent coverage about the MHA, including a joint op-ed published in the Detroit News on vaccinations from the Partnership for Michigan’s Health, comprised of the MHA, the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Osteopathic Association.