MHA Monday Report July 26, 2021

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Proposal Released to Update Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service outpatient prospective payment system effective Jan. 1, 2022. Provisions of the proposed rule would …

FEMA Public Assistance Grant Agreements Updated, Applicant Trainings Planned

Hospitals and other organizations that have applied for Public Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will need to obtain updated grant agreements that reflect 100% federal reimbursement, updated from the previous agreements …

Compliance with Updated CMS Conditions of Participation Explored in Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently made significant updates to emergency services requirements in its Conditions of Participation that will require hospitals to make many practical and operational modifications …

Webinar Series Will Assist in Complying with Updated EMTALA Requirements

As the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded, hospitals across the country asked how the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act would apply when they are met with individuals coming to their facilities with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 …

War Memorial Employee Speaks Up for Patient Safety, Receives Award

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center honored Kelsey Moran, a certified nursing assistant at War Memorial Hospital, with the quarterly MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award July 20.  …

Final Session in Webinar Series Focuses on Rural Healthcare

The final webinar in an ongoing series on leadership approaches designed to assist with post-pandemic strategic planning will address strategies for strengthening rural healthcare. Rural Healthcare Delivery in Recovery is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 19. 

The Keckley Report

Consumer Price Index Exposes Disconnect Between Healthcare Prices and Industry Profits

“Surveys by the New York Fed show consumer optimism about the economy increasing and their spending follows suit …

” A closer look at this CPI report tells an important story for healthcare. … one might conclude healthcare’s finances have been battered by the pandemic and price increases akin to other categories a key to financial recovery. But not so.

“Without major price increases, healthcare profits have been strong. … Thus, the healthcare economy does well when the rest of the economy isn’t, and better when the rest of the economy is doing well.”

Paul Keckley, July 19, 2021

MHA in the News

The MHA responded to several media requests the week of July 19, including a response to a press release shared by the Michigan Nurses Association regarding nurse staffing ratios and a story regarding proposed transparency requirements for certificate of need.