Trustees Strategic Planning Webinar and New AHA Trustee Insights Available

Trustees of healthcare organizations can benefit from two current resources designed specifically for them.

The webinar Governance Megatrends: What is the Impact on Your Board? Is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and will focus on relevant trends to the board and how to perform a comprehensive review of an existing strategic plan through pandemic-era eyes. Registrants will examine opportunities to improve clinical care in the post-acute setting and master new reimbursement models, as well as how to use Medicare claims data to gain valuable insights regarding referral sources’ needs. Suggested actions are paired with real stories demonstrating the value of these approaches. MHA members can register for $155 per hospital, with an unlimited number of connections within that hospital. The single connection fee does not apply to multiple sites within a health system.

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. The January issue discusses why governing boards must understand the nuances of inequities in their communities and how to provide care and contribute to their communities in a manner that is equitable. This issue provides 10 questions that can serve as critical conversation starters for trustees to develop actions that lead to genuine, systemic and sustainable positive change for underserved populations. The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free, and do not require AHA membership.

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

Trustee Insights Highlights Crisis Standards of Care, Community Investment

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. This month’s issue features an article on crisis standards of care. In this severe pandemic, one of the most challenging demands that many hospitals may face is determining objective criteria and clinical guidelines for making decisions regarding the triage and management of COVID-19 patients. These patients may be competing for scarce resources, such as hospital emergency admissions, ventilators and other equipment, medications and intensive care resources, and the article outlines considerations for the board.

In addition, the newsletter features a video series and report outlining place-based investment, otherwise known as community investment, which helps create the social and physical environments that support community health over the long term. Hospitals and health systems are using this “anchor mission” strategy to address housing insecurity and other social determinants of health.

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.

Michigan Healthcare Organizations Complete MHA Keystone Center’s Second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community to Receive National Recognition

Correction: Corrects prior press release to share all organizations that have achieved either Age-Friendly Health System recognition level.

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center recently concluded its second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community with over 60 Michigan healthcare organizations across the care continuum participating with the intention to become nationally recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as Age-Friendly Health Systems.

Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the IHI, in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States, to help hospitals and other care settings implement a set of the evidence-based framework known as the “4Ms.”

The MHA Keystone Center concluded its second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community in October, with funding support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Action Communities provide support for state-based teams to accelerate reliable practice of the 4Ms in an active community of learners and testers. This work demonstrates the MHA Keystone Center’s dedication to working with local and statewide agencies and organizations to advance age-friendly efforts to create an age-friendly ecosystem spanning an older adult’s continuum of life.

“Through continued commitment to patient safety and quality, our members worked tirelessly to provide every older adult with the best care possible, despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said MHA CEO Brian Peters. “The learnings of the Action Community extend beyond bedside care for an older adult. Participants engaged in identifying strategies that address important factors like social determinants of health and ageism that impact the well-being of our older adults.”

The following organizations have been recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System – Committed to Care Excellence, meaning they have three months of verified data to demonstrate the early impact of using the 4Ms:

  • Bronson LakeView Hospital
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Albany Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Bronson Commons
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Brookdale Battle Creek
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Brookdale Portage
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Caretel Inns of Lakeland
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Cass County Medical Care
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Chalet of Niles
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Chesterton Manor
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Douglas Cove
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Edgewood Health and Rehab
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Evergreen Manor
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Fairview Nursing and Rehab
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Grace Healthcare of Three Rivers
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Greenwood Health and Living
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Hallmark Living of Benton Harbor
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Heartland Healthcare Care Center
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Journey Senior Living Valpo
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Maplewood of Marshall
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Masonville Place
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Medilodge of Kalamazoo
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Medilodge of Portage
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Medilodge of Westwood
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group North Woods Village at Kokomo
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Pine Ridge Michigan
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Riveridge Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Signature Healthcare of Bluffton
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group SKLD Care
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group The Willows AL
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Twin Cities Nursing and Rehab
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group West Woods of Bridgman
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group West Woods of Niles
  • Helen Newberry Joy Hospital and Healthcare Center Gibson Family Health Clinic
  • Hurley Medical Center
  • ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital
  • Sparrow Carson City Hospital
  • Sparrow Ionia Hospital
  • Mary Mercy Hospital – TONE Home Health

The following organizations have been recognized as Age-Friendly Health Systems Participants, meaning they have successfully developed plans to implement the 4Ms​:

  • Baraga County Memorial Hospital
  • Baraga County Physician Group
  • Beaumont Dearborn
  • Eaton Rapids Medical Center
  • EHM Senior Solutions Redies Centre
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Country Charm
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Hallmark Living of Holland
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Riverside Village
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group Sprenger Health Care of Mishawaka
  • GuideStar Eldercare Medical Group
  • The Hearth at Juday Creek
  • Hills & Dales General Hospital
  • Ingham County Medical Care Facility
  • Karmanos Cancer Center Dresner Clinic & Infusion Center
  • Karmanos Cancer Center Eisenberg Clinic & Infusion Center
  • McKenzie Professional Group
  • McLaren Caro Region
  • Sparrow Clinton Hospital
  • Sparrow Hospital
  • Sparrow Medical Group St. Johns Outpatient
  • Sparrow Medical Group St. Johns Inpatient
  • Spectrum Health Blodgett ACE Unit
  • Spectrum Health Medical Group Geriatrics
  • Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital

“We’re grateful to have such tremendous partners dedicated to implementing age-friendly care across the state,” said Neel Hajra, CEO of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. “It’s remarkable to see the progress they’ve made in such a difficult environment thanks to their commitment to this work. Everyone deserves to age with dignity, and when older adults seek care, their needs and aspirations should shape the assistance they receive — the MHA is helping ensure that is the case in Michigan.”

For more information about the Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community, visit the MHA Keystone Center’s Older Adults webpage.

MHA Monday Report Nov. 22, 2021

MHA Covid-19 updateCombating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Nov. 15

Michigan is once again among the states with the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the nation, with the New York Times reporting that Michigan and Minnesota lead the country in cases per capita. On Nov. 19, there were 3,424 adults hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, in addition to …


Out-of-state Licensure Provider Exemption to Expire Jan. 11

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has provided a 30-day notice that the out-of-state licensure provider exemption will no longer be in effect as of Jan. 11, 2022. The MHA worked with the state to develop this provision effective March 16, 2020, and to keep it in effect since …


Medicare Premiums and Deductibles Announced for 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that the Medicare Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $72 in calendar year  2022 to $1,556. The Part A daily coinsurance amounts …


Webinar Offered to Apprise Providers on Transgender Issues in Healthcare

Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals deal with many common fears that can be debilitating. Healthcare providers need to understand the obstacles that this population faces to improve medical care for their patients. The MHA Health Foundation Transgender Healthcare Dignity Model …


Prepare Now for March Application Period of State Loan Repayment Program

Applications for the 2022 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program will be accepted from March 7-11 through the File Transfer Application System. Providers should create an account in the system as soon as possible, but should not upload their MSLRP application documents before March 7. …


Trustee Insights Edition Highlights Workforce Trends

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association, is now available. This month’s issue includes a report on the latest forces and trends affecting healthcare human resources, including education, training and the evolving practice …


covidHeadline Roundup: Week of Nov. 15  for COVID-19 in Michigan

The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the growth in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, hospital capacity and healthcare workforce sustainability. …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

The KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey: An Accurate but Incomplete Picture

“Last Wednesday, Kaiser Family Foundation released its 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey—the 23rd in the series. …

“The KFF researchers note that changes in employer benefits participation are ‘unchanged’ but noticeable trends suggest changes ahead.”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 15, 2021


News to Know

  • The MHA Monday Report will not be published Nov. 29, but timely news will continue to be posted in the MHA Newsroom prior to publication of the Dec. 6 edition of Monday Report.
  • The MHA will offer a webinar on Unemployment Compensation and Vaccine Mandates at 10 a.m. EST Dec. 9.
  • The MHA will host a free webinar from noon to 12:45 p.m. EST Dec. 9 to review new requirements from The Joint Commission on workplace violence that take effect in January.

Trustee Insights Edition Highlights Workforce Trends

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. This month’s issue includes a report on the latest forces and trends affecting healthcare human resources, including education, training and the evolving practice landscape, growing the workforce to keep pace with demand, and the effects of the pandemic on the workforce.

In addition, the newsletter features tips for new CEOs on how to establish and nurture an effective strategic partnership with the board.

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 Highlights Effective Governance Practices, Drivers of Improvement

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. The October issue includes articles about board consolidation and steps boards should consider for improving overall pandemic-era engagement.

In addition, the newsletter features an interview with Marcus Osborne, senior vice president of Walmart Health, who laid out his views on what healthcare will look like in 2040, including more use of artificial intelligence and the demand for people to help patients manage their care.

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.

News to Know – Week of September 20

Representatives from MHA Endorsed Business Partner Medical Solutions will discuss how the pandemic has transformed healthcare staffing during a free webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. ET Sept. 22.  Hosted by Becker’s Hospital Review, the webinar will examine the massive shift in how hospitals and health systems approach staffing and contingent labor. Details and registration are available online.

Applications for the American Hospital Association Dick Davidson NOVA Award will be accepted through Nov. 19. Up to five organizations will be recognized with the award in 2022, honoring their collaborative efforts to improve community health. The 2021 winners of the award provide examples and inspiration for submitting applications.

Michigan’s 2021 Fall Immunization Conferences will be held via webinar from 8 a.m. to noon ET Oct. 13 and 14. Content will be the same both days, so those interested in participating should register for one day at a cost of $25 per person. The half-day conferences will provide participants with a variety of practice-management tools, techniques and information that will help assure that all their patients are fully immunized. Sarah Schillie, MD, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be the keynote speaker.

Trustee Insights Edition Explores DEI and Supporting Nursing Professions

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 the board’s role in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). As DEI strategies are developed and ultimately woven into everyday policy and procedure, boards should play a significant role in lending support, driving accountability and inspiring culture in those strategies. Two areas of emphasis are recognizing the increasing prominence DEI plays in quality and playing an important role as vocal leaders to move DEI forward.

There is also a link to the quantitative and qualitative research done by Johnson & Johnson, the American Nurses Association and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership that evaluate the impacts of the pandemic on the nursing profession. The research provides next steps and promising practices that will be essential in delivering the full potential of the nursing profession

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.

Responses to Cybersecurity Attacks, Mitigation Strategies Focus of Member Forum

The healthcare sector remains a target-rich environment for cyber attacks due to a large amount of sensitive data related to patient care and operations. The MHA will host a cybersecurity member forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Henry Center for Executive Development. The forum is designed for chief executive, information, financial, operating and medical officers.

Representatives from a midsize hospital and a health system will share the steps their leadership teams took to recover from cyber attacks. They will also discuss the processes used to identify vulnerabilities and reduce breaches of data systems and cloud-based security services. Cybersecurity experts from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will discuss cyber threats investigated and how the AHA is helping hospitals mitigate threats and exchange information with the FBI and other government agencies.  They will also cover ways to facilitate cyber resource requests between technical and nontechnical leadership. In addition, attendees will participate in a table-top exercise to test their organizations’ incident response plans.

The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is generously sponsoring this event. The forum is open to MHA-member organizations only, and members can register for $150 per person. For more information, contact Brenda Carr at the MHA.