Urge Congress to Support Hospitals by Enacting Key Priorities in Lame-duck Session

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently released an action alert to impress upon lawmakers the immediate need to support hospitals and health systems. It is important the last session days of the year are used as an opportunity to advance key priorities at the federal level. The AHA has already urged congressional leaders to include a number of important provisions in a year-end legislative package to ensure that hospitals and health systems can continue their mission of caring for the communities they serve.

Lawmakers need to hear how managing the aftermath and aftershocks of the biggest public health crisis in a century has left hospitals and health systems facing significant financial and workforce challenges that are jeopardizing access to care for patients. Members are asked to contact their legislators today and continue to make the case why additional support and resources are needed.

Lawmakers should be urged to:

  • Prevent any further damaging cuts to health programs, including stopping the forthcoming 4% Statutory Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) sequester.
  • Establish a temporary per diem payment targeted to hospitals to address the issue of hospitals not being able to discharge patients to post-acute care or behavioral facilities because of staffing shortages.
  • Extend or make permanent the low-volume adjustment and the Medicare-dependent hospital programs — critical rural programs that are due to expire on Dec. 16.
  • Make permanent the expansion of telehealth services and extend the hospital-at-home program.

Participate in AHA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill: Members are asked to inform the MHA if they will be in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 6 and would like to be included in the schedule for visits with members of Congress.

Contact Laura Appel at the MHA for more details.

Latest AHA Trustee Insights Outlines Physician Alignment and Consumerism Strategies

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. The October issue includes an article outlining the critical need for alignment of leadership between the physician organization and hospital on key priorities and initiatives that address clinician needs and challenges and why alignment is an essential retention strategy to the operating environment. The article poses questions the board should be answering to maintain physician relationships.

Another article outlines the importance of identifying what individuals want and value from their healthcare experience, empowering Patient and Family Engagement Advisory Councils (PFEAC) to manage this process and working with the PFEAC to set goals and track progress using consumer engagement and patient experience metrics.

This resource is available free for AHA members and at a cost for nonmembers. For information about MHA trustee resources or webinars, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Suicide Prevention Focus of AHA Trustee Insights

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and an opportunity to be reminded of the many resources available to support emotional well-being.

The September edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), features article about ways governing boards can support suicide prevention initiatives, both through quality and safety practices and through behavioral health networks offering services across the spectrum. Another article outlines how to recognize the behaviors of employees who experience burnout, depression and other forms of anxiety, ways to decrease stigma and interventions and treatments that reduce suicide risk.

This resource is available free for AHA members and at a cost for nonmembers. For information about MHA trustee resources or webinars, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Sept. 12, 2022

MHA Monday Report

Healthcare Remains Michigan’s Largest Private-sector Employer Despite Pandemic Losses

The Partnership for Michigan’s Health reports healthcare directly employed nearly 572,000 Michigan residents in 2020, demonstrating that healthcare continues to be the largest private-sector employer in the state despite staffing losses attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 release …


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In Campaign 2022, Healthcare Voters Will Matter More

“Today begins the countdown to election day November 8: in 63 days, voters will elect 36 Governors, 30 State Attorneys General, 27 Secretaries of State, 35 US Senators, 435 US House of Representatives and State Legislators in 46 states. It’s a consequential election for the country and for its healthcare industry…

Campaigns will avoid healthcare issues other than abortion. Conceding that healthcare is expensive and access uneven, most midterm campaigns will default to partisan themes…”

Paul Keckley, Sept. 6, 2022


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AHA Trustee Insights Outlines Financial Turnaround and Succession Planning

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available.

The June issue includes an article written by leading governance expert Jamie Orlikoff, who discusses the severe financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and approaches for boards to effectively oversee the financial turnaround of their organizations.

Another article outlines the profoundly negative consequences of acute care hospital CEO turnover and why succession planning must match the organizations’ current talent with the needs of its future. Additionally, it offers recommendations for evidence-based succession planning.

These resources are available free for AHA members. For information about MHA trustee resources or webinars, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

News to Know – Week of May 23

The deadline is approaching to apply for the Circle of Life Awards, which recognize innovative palliative or end-of-life care providers that measure and evaluate the impact of their work on patients, family and/or the community. Part 1 applications for the 2023 awards will be accepted through May 31 and Part 2 applications are due Aug. 15. The new two-part process is designed to reduce the time needed to apply. Up to three Circle of Life Awards will be presented during the American Hospital Association (AHA) Leadership Summit in July 2023. Caring Circle of Lakeland, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spectrum Health Lakeland, is one of the most recent winners of the award. Questions about the award and the application process may be directed to the AHA.

News to Know – Week of May 9

The Spring 2022 Michigan Health Policy Forum will take place virtually from 1 to 3:30 p.m. May 23, focusing on the challenges facing the health and well-being of the state’s children. Registrations are currently being accepted. The MHA is a sponsor of the Michigan Health Policy Forum, and questions may be directed to Peter Schonfeld at the MHA.

Applications for the 2023 Foster G. McGaw Prize will be accepted through July 30. The prize honors healthcare organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community services. Sponsored by the Baxter International Foundation and administered by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its Health Research & Educational Trust, the prize includes a $100,000 award to the winner and $10,000 each to the top three finalists. Questions may be directed to the AHA.

News to Know – Week of May 2

The MHA will host a lunch and learn webinar from noon to 12:45 p.m. ET May 11 with MHA Endorsed Business Partner NextJob to provide an update on the latest labor market trends and leading practices to attract and keep valuable employees. Join experts John Courtney, Tammy Mullin and Paul Dzurec from NextJob for an informative presentation and member discussion on sharing best practices for recruitment and retention. This webinar is offered free of charge, but registration is required. To learn more, visit the endorsed business partner profile page for NextJob or contact senior sales executive Paul Dzurec.

News to Know – Week of April 11

The Circle of Life Awards recognize innovative palliative or end-of-life care providers that measure and evaluate the impact of their work on patients, family and/or the community. Part 1 applications for the 2023 awards will be accepted through May 31 and Part 2 applications are due Aug. 15. The new two-part process is designed to reduce the time needed to apply. Up to three Circle of Life Awards will be presented during the American Hospital Association (AHA) Leadership Summit in July 2023. Questions about the award and the application process may be directed to the AHA.

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of April 4

MHA Covid-19 update

MHA Covid-19 update

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported there were an average of 752 new confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases per day from April 2 through April 6. As of April 6, 453 adults and 17 children were hospitalized with confirmed and suspected cases; 96 adults were in intensive care units, 39 of them on ventilators. The MDHHS is now reporting this data once a week.

The MHA continues to keep members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting hospitals through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. Important updates are outlined below.

FDA Revokes Sotrovimab Authorization

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revoked emergency use authorization (EUA) for sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients at risk of developing severe disease. This occurred due to the treatment’s ineffectiveness as a remedy for the omicron subvariant BA.2, which is now responsible for more than half of all U.S. infections.

The FDA authorized a new monoclonal antibody, Eli Lilly’s bebtelovimab, Feb. 11 that remains effective against omicron variants; the bebtelovimab EUA is still in place. The MHA will continue to work with the Michigan MDHHS leadership on therapeutics recommendations and availability in Michigan. Members with questions may contact Laura Appel at the MHA.

President Biden Announces Long COVID-19 Care Planning

President Joe Biden announced April 5 that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will assemble a cross-government plan to manage “long COVID.” However, it is largely dependent on being funded by Congress.

The plan’s goals are broadening research, detection and treatment access to fight lingering or late-emerging effects of COVID-19 that are estimated to impact between seven million and 23 million Americans. The symptoms include shortness of breath, heart irregularities, kidney problems and more.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and other federal advocacy groups sent a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra in March stating that there is “a need for further clinical guidance regarding the symptoms of and best course of treatment for long Covid-19 patients.” According to news reports, the Biden administration needs at least $25 million in the 2023 federal budget to build on tracking and surveillance progress, in addition to the $50 million the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is already spending.

The long COVID-19 plan further includes establishing a Center of Excellence to treat long COVID-19 patients through in-person, multispecialty and telehealth services. The administration reportedly wants to establish long COVID-19 clinics around the country modeled after a Veterans Affairs clinic setup.

The MHA will continue to work closely with the AHA about the viability of this plan, both operationally and politically, and will keep members apprised of progress or plans that may impact hospitals, health systems and their patients. Members with questions may contact Laura Appel at the MHA.

Additional information on the COVID-19 pandemic is available to members on the MHA Community Site and the MHA COVID-19 webpage. Questions on COVID-19 and infectious disease response strategies may be directed to the MDHHS Community Health Emergency Coordination Center (CHECC).