News to Know – May 8, 2023

  • National Hospital Week 2023 is May 7-13. To align with the American Hospital Association theme #WeAreHealthcare, the MHA will be sharing a series of videos across social media featuring local leaders to demonstrate how the work of Michigan’s hospitals and health systems impacts all communities and industries.
  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) created a series of short videos to help providers and community partners navigate policies impacted by the ending of the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Videos are available on eligibility changes for Medicaid and Food Assistance benefits, the PHE Unwind Policy Crosswalk resource and the MDHHS Stakeholder Toolkit. Additional MDHHS resources can be found on the MDHHS COVID-19 PHE 2023 Benefit Changes website. Further information on the ending of the PHE is available on the MHA PHE webpage. Members with questions about PHE resources may contact Lauren LaPine at the MHA.
  • Registration remains open for the 2023 MHA Annual Membership Meeting, scheduled June 28 through 30 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.The annual meeting will feature an outstanding lineup of healthcare experts, including Brian Castrucci, DrPH, MA, president and CEO of the deBeaumont Foundation and author of “Talking Health.” Castrucci will speak on defining public health, reframing public health assumptions and bringing data to life through storytelling. Members with questions should email the MHA or call (517-323-3443).
  • Completed 2022 occupational mix surveys must be submitted by acute care hospitals paid under the Medicare prospective payment system to the Medicare Administrative Contractor by June 30, 2023. Hospitals are required to complete the survey every three years, with results from the 2022 survey to be used to adjust the Medicare wage index for fiscal years 2025, 2026 and 2027. Hospitals are encouraged to review their 2019 survey and determine whether there have been payroll changes, new job codes or job descriptions added, etc., to streamline the completion process. It is important to note that contact labor should be included in the various categories of the survey. Resource materials from the educational webinar hosted by the MHA in late January are available upon request. Members with questions should contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA.