Trustee Insights Edition Explores Minority Mental Health and Strategic Planning

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. This month’s issue includes an article outlining resources for hospitals and health systems in reaching out to minorities needing behavioral health help. There is also an article about the importance of strategic planning, board education and a case study showcasing how a board discussed and decided whether to pursue a key strategy. 

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free, do not require AHA membership and include articles, tools and webinars. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Pollack To Address MHA Annual Membership Meeting Participants

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Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA), will address members during the virtual MHA Annual Membership Meeting scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 24. Pollack will outline the nation’s changing healthcare landscape, outline federal legislation affecting hospitals and health systems and share key conclusions from the AHA’s 2021 advocacy agenda. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, a leader in health equity who serves as a fellow within the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Minority Health, will also address participants, exploring racism and its effect on public health, as well as breaking social stigmas relating to racial injustice in healthcare. 

The virtual meeting will include the MHA House of Delegates business meeting; recognition of the annual MHA award winners; and remarks from incoming board chair Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO, Spectrum Health.

Event details are available on the meeting’s webpage, and members should register online by June 16 to participate. The meeting is open to MHA members, meeting sponsors and invited guests of the MHA. To learn more about the meeting or opportunities for sponsorship, which are available through June 4, contact Erica Leyko at (517) 285-7785.

Trustee Insights Edition Explores Diversity, Revenue, Behavioral Health Services

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. This month’s issue includes an article on recruitment efforts to achieve diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, expertise and experience on the governing board. The article includes a list of reasons a board’s efforts to diversify may have stalled, with potential actions to get back on track. There is also an article outlining the impact of steep declines in non-COVID-19 volume and a 2021 hospital revenue forecast by Kaufman Hall, as well as a video describing how healthcare leaders and their community partners are advancing and sustaining efforts to improve access to behavioral health services.

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free, do not require AHA membership and include articles, tools and webinars. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Trustee Insights Edition Explores How to Generate Value

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. This month’s issue includes an article about keeping value front-and-center. During the pandemic, many hospitals implemented value-based strategies, including digital solutions like telehealth and remote patient monitoring. These types of focused efforts to lower costs, improve outcomes and enhance patient experiences will be critical as hospitals continue providing care during the pandemic and redesign healthcare delivery afterward. Other articles focus on board education and building board-CEO relationships.

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free, do not require AHA membership and include articles, tools and webinars. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Trustee Insights Edition Addresses Telehealth

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), includes an article that explores the benefits of telehealth, how to navigate the related federal regulations and the constant advances in this technology. Other articles focus on curbing nurse turnover and embracing entrepreneurial risk in the face of disruption of services and reimbursement changes.

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights — as well as other articles, tools and webinars — are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free and do not require AHA membership. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Trustee Insights Edition Outlines Behavioral Health Challenges

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. The January 2021 issue includes an article about the increasing number of people needing behavioral health services since COVID-19 began and how boards can gain a better understanding of the behavioral health challenges and needs in their community. The issue also includes advice on priorities boards should focus on to prepare for 2021 and beyond, tactics to recruit a diverse board, and best practices for virtual board meetings.

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights — as well as other articles, tools and webinars — are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free; do not require AHA membership; and include articles, tools and webinars. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

MHA Member Forum Explored Health Finance Issues

The MHA hosted a forum Dec. 17 to assist members in navigating complex health finance issues and outlining priorities for the coming year. More than 65 people attended to hear about provider relief fund reporting requirements, virtual care policies and more. The agenda included an update on the 2020-2021 MHA Action Plan, with a review of statewide trends and ongoing association priorities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members engaged in a discussion of reporting requirements for provider relief funds with a presentation by special guest speaker Joanna Hiatt Kim, vice president of payment policy at the American Hospital Association, and discussion facilitated by Matt Cox, chief financial officer at Spectrum Health System. In addition, the forum included an overview of virtual care policies implemented by payers during the COVID-19 pandemic, with discussion on the desired future state of virtual care facilitated by Mark Hepler, chief financial officer at Munson Healthcare.

This forum was graciously sponsored by MHA endorsed business partner MCAG, whose class action settlement recovery service is an exceptional source for nontraditional revenue that is used by over 1,400 hospitals nationwide. Visit the MCAG enrollment webpage and enter code “MHASC5” to take advantage of current unprecedented opportunities totaling over $8 billion in settlement funds.

The MHA will develop additional forums throughout the year to discuss trends impacting hospitals and health systems and tackle the challenges that are affecting providers’ ability to provide vital services to their communities. Questions about the member forum and future offerings should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.

Trustee Insights Edition Outlines Digital Strategies

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), includes an article about COVID-19 launching an era of decentralization powered by virtual modalities, like the hospital at home concept and remote patient monitoring, and why it is important to move beyond simple enablement of old business models. The issue also touches on how to strengthen governance through self-assessments and better managing patient payment issues due to declining commercially insured patients.

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights — as well as other articles, tools and webinars — are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free and do not require AHA membership. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Trustee Insights Edition Outlines Coordination of Behavioral Health Services

The November 2020 edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), includes articles focused on the board’s role in supporting philanthropy partnerships to improve behavioral health services, strategies for engaging millennial board members, and trends and lessons learned from the pandemic that will help boards plan for the future.

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights — as well as other articles, tools and webinars — are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free and do not require AHA membership. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Learn How Governing Boards are Addressing Social Needs

Hospital and health system trustees are promoting value in their communities by tackling societal factors that influence the health and well-being of residents. In a two-part American Hospital Association (AHA) podcast moderated by Priya Bathija, AHA vice president of strategic initiatives, a panel of trustees discusses how their boards make community health a strategic priority for their organizations and how they prioritize, collaborate, measure and fund these important efforts in partnership with community stakeholders.

The AHA Trustee Services webpage includes articles and free tools and webinars that do not require AHA membership. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.