MHA Monday Report May 3, 2021

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of April 26

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced during an April 29 news conference that future epidemic order actions will be based on four vaccination-based milestones that will enable the state of Michigan to return to normalcy. Dubbed the “MI Vacc to Normal” challenge, the program’s goal is to reach a point where 70% of adults …


State House, Senate Appropriations Committees Approve Hospital Priorities

The Michigan House Appropriations Committee reported out House Bill 4420 (H-3) April 29 and included two of the MHA’s top health funding priorities. If it becomes law, the legislation will appropriate $100 million to create a competitive grant program …


Both Michigan Legislative Chambers Act on Healthcare Bills

The Michigan Legislature addressed several bills impacting hospitals during the week of April 26. Some of the bills that saw action deal with making changes to prior authorization for healthcare services, expanding scope of practice for certain mental health providers and allowing …


Member Input Sought to Enhance May 13 Cost Reporting Webinar

The MHA, in collaboration with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, will host a webinar via Zoom from 9 to 10 a.m. EDT May 13 to discuss Medicaid cost report completion, submission, acceptance and settlement under the new Community  …

Proposed Rule Released on Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service hospital inpatient prospective payment system for fiscal year 2022. Provisions of the proposed rule would take effect Oct. 1, 2021, unless …


Webinar to Explore Future of Acute Care Hospitals

A Moody's Investors Service Healthcare Report noted hospital partnerships, affiliations, mergers and acquisitions will continue in 2021, extending the consolidation trend in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. COVID-19 has taken a toll on smaller hospitals …


Medicare Long Term-Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service long term-care hospital prospective payment system for fiscal year 2022. Provisions of the proposed rule would …


CEO Report — Michigan’s Next COVID-19 Obstacle: Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy

MHA CEO Brian Peters discusses overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in pursuit of ending the COVID-19 pandemic, including the approximately 99% effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death.


June 3 Webinar in Leadership Series Explores Diversity

The MHA webinar series on leadership approaches to assist with post-pandemic strategic planning continues June 3 from noon to 1 p.m. with the webinar titled Diversity and Inclusion featuring Kim Blue, the global head of People Experience Partners at Zoom. Blue will …


Strategies to Implement Workplace Violence Prevention Programs Reviewed

Nearly 80 MHA members attended the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative’s April 27 webinar, Mitigating Violence Amid COVID-19. The event provided an overview of ways to implement workplace violence prevention programs despite the disruption to previous …


Headline Roundup: Week of April 26 for COVID-19 in Michigan

As Michigan hospitals care for a third surge of COVID-19 patients, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the increase in infections and hospitalizations over the past …


The Keckley Report

Biden’s First 100 Days for Healthcare: What Was Accomplished and What’s Ahead

“Voter feelings are mixed about this administration: it gets high marks for handling the pandemic and racism but lower marks on other issues including immigration and the economy. In its first 100 days, healthcare outside the pandemic has not been a major focus in its Center Left governing philosophy while climate change and social inequity have been elevated.”

Paul Keckley. April 26, 2021