MHA Monday Report March 7, 2022

MHA Monday Report

MHA Covid-19 update

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Feb. 28

The state of Michigan reported that 1,842 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed statewide March 3 and 4, with an average of 921 cases per day. Out of 68 recorded COVID-19-related deaths for the two days, 54 were identified during a Vital Records review. Adults in the hospital March 4 with  …

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Behavioral Health Funding, Essential Health Provider Program Expansion is Advanced

The Michigan Legislature acted on several pieces of legislation impacting hospitals during the week of Feb. 28. Some of the covered topics included behavioral health funding, streamlining prior authorization requests, increased penalties for …

Apply by March 31 for New Graduate Medical Education Residency Openings

Applications are due March 31 for hospitals to apply for new graduate medical education residency slots provided under Section 126 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Hospitals will be required to complete their applications and submit them through the Medicare Electronic Application …

Federal 100% Cost Share for COVID-19 Expenses Extended

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in February 2021 increased federal funding for COVID-19 pandemic expenses from 75% to 100%, retroactive to the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020. The agency has now extended the COVID-19 federal 100% cost share for an …

mha advancing safe care awardNominations Being Accepted for 2022 Advancing Safe Care Award

In hospitals across the state, healthcare personnel work together to ensure patients receive safe, high-quality care. To recognize Michigan hospitals that are tackling issues daily to make care safer and more dependable, the MHA …

Virtual Nurse Training Programs Available

The MHA and the Michigan Health Council are partnering on two offerings designed to strengthen the nursing workforce. The Clinical Faculty Academy is a virtual training program preparing nurses for the role of clinical instructors. The interactive training materials, based on adult learning …

MHA CEO Report — Auto No-fault: Our Work ContinuesMHA Rounds Report - Brian Peters, MHA CEO

MHA CEO Brian Peters reviews efforts from the MHA to address and reform Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law.

Webinar Reviews CMS CoPs on Telemedicine Standards

Significant changes were recently made to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Conditions of Participation regarding regulatory standards of telemedicine because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These standards, along with 1135 telemedicine waivers and new tag numbers assigned for …

Donations Sought to Aid Ukrainian Refugees

Ukrainians affected by the ongoing crisis in their country are in desperate need of help. The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation has established a fund to provide food, medical care and emergency supplies to refugee families. The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is a strategic organization aimed at supporting …

Laura AppelMHA Announces Senior Staff Promotions, Additions

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association is promoting Laura Appel to executive vice president of government relations and public policy from her prior role as senior vice president, health policy & innovation. In this role, which takes effect …

The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

Telehealth at a Crossroad: Atrophy or Accelerate?

“Two explanations for the downward trend in telehealth utilization are widely offered: 1-the increased risks associated with inaccurate or incomplete information exchanged between a patient and physician virtually and/or compromised personal health information, and 2-lack of adequate reimbursement by payers. Each is valid.”

Paul Keckley, Feb. 28, 2022

MHA in the News

MiBiz interviewed Adam Carlson, senior vice president, advocacy, for a story published Feb. 27 on the $300 million funding appropriation for healthcare recruitment, retention and training recently signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.