News to Know – March 27, 2023

  • Registration is now open for the MHA Keystone Center Safe Patient Handling Conference. The all-day event will take place April 13 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. The free event will provide participants hands-on learning about how safe, early and continuous mobility can help achieve better patient outcomes. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.
  • The MHA is issuing a request for proposal (RFP) for a $50 million competitive grant program for Michigan healthcare entities to expand access to pediatric inpatient behavioral health services. The grant program will issue funds to entities across the state of Michigan for either the expansion of existing programs or development of new ones. Copies of the grant RFP materials and the online application are also available on the MHA Behavioral Health webpage. Members with questions may contact Kelsey Ostergren at the MHA.
  • The MHA Health Foundation will host a four-part webinar series MHA Board Governance Education that outlines the trends affecting current and future strategic plans, techniques for effectively communicating with stakeholders on key issues and ways to build trust, drive engagement and develop relationships. The webinars are scheduled for April 19, May 9 and May 23 from noon to 1 p.m. EST. Members with questions about registration should contact Erica Leyko at MHA.
  • The MHA will host an in-person Human Resources Member Forum at the MHA Headquarters in Okemos from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 26, with a virtual option available as well. The forum is structured as a round table with human resources and MHA leaders moderating a discussion among attendees around the Great Resignation of the healthcare workforce and ideas and solutions to combat workforce challenges. Members with questions about membership or registration should contact Brenda Carr at the MHA.
  • The Root Cause Coalition (TRCC) is accepting requests for proposals to present at the 8th Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health Dec. 3-5 in Kansas City. Proposals are being accepted for breakout sessions and poster presentations. Organizations with proven, measurable solutions that address health equity and collectively chart an intentional, meaningful and measurable path for progress are encouraged to submit. Members with questions can contact Lori Bennett at the TRCC.

March 30 Webinar Outlines Considerations for the End of the Public Health Emergency

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 public health emergency expires May 11, 2023, which may significantly decrease the flexibility providers have become accustomed to.

The MHA will host The End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and Preparing for the New Regulatory Environment webinar from 4 to 5 p.m. March 30, 2023, providing practical guidance on unwinding reliance on the COVID-19 public health emergency flexibilities. The webinar will identify the steps hospitals should take to prepare for the end of the federal and state public health emergency, review the status of waivers and extensions of PHE-oriented flexibilities and outline how the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services will work with providers in determining which COVID-19 response policies will end, be modified or remain permanently. Experts from Jones Day and the MHA staff will present and answer questions.

Chief executives, financial, medical and nursing executives, legal counsel, patient account and revenue cycle directors, government relations officers, public relations directors and human resources directors are encouraged to register. The webinar is free of charge and open to MHA member organizations only.

Members with questions should contact Brenda Carr at the MHA.

News to Know – March 20, 2023

Registration Open for MHA Human Resources Member Forum

The MHA will host an in-person Human Resources Member Forum at the MHA Headquarters in Okemos from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 26, with a virtual option available as well.

The forum is structured as a round table with human resources and MHA leaders moderating a discussion among attendees around the Great Resignation of the healthcare workforce and ideas and solutions to combat workforce challenges.

Speakers for the forum include Michigan human resources leaders Patrick Irwin, vice president, human resources, South Market, Henry Ford Hospital; and Mary Rosser, MA, SHRM-SCP, chief human resources officer, Trinity Health Saint Mary’s; and Mary Sand, Ph.D., Sand Consulting, LLC.

Irwin and Rosser will first explore topics related to workforce safety and pipeline development, such as approaches to invite employees at all levels to help plan the future workforce, developing strategies for diverse candidate pools, boosting the capacity to prevent and curtail violence against staff and implementing wellbeing programs. The forum will conclude with a keynote presentation from Sand on human resources professionals identifying their blind spots.

The forum is free of charge and open only to MHA member organizations. Registration for both in-person and virtual attendees will close April 19.

Members with questions about membership or registration should contact Brenda Carr at the MHA.

Webinar Outlines Considerations for the End of the Public Health Emergency

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 public health emergency expires May 11, 2023, which may significantly decrease the flexibility providers have become accustomed to.

The MHA will host The End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and Preparing for the New Regulatory Environment webinar from 4 to 5 p.m. March 30, 2023, providing practical guidance on unwinding reliance on the COVID-19 public health emergency flexibilities. The webinar will identify the steps hospitals should take to prepare for the end of the federal and state public health emergency, review the status of waivers and extensions of PHE-oriented flexibilities and outline how the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services will work with providers in determining which COVID-19 response policies will end, be modified or remain permanently. Experts from Jones Day and the MHA staff will present and answer questions.

Chief executives, financial, medical and nursing executives, legal counsel, patient account and revenue cycle directors, government relations officers, public relations directors and human resources directors are encouraged to register. The webinar is free of charge and open to MHA member organizations only.

Members with questions should contact Brenda Carr at the MHA.

Registration Open for MHA Human Resources Member Forum

The MHA will host an in-person Human Resources Member Forum at the MHA Headquarters in Okemos from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 26, with a virtual option available as well.

The forum is structured as a round table with human resources and MHA leaders moderating a discussion among attendees around the Great Resignation of the healthcare workforce and ideas and solutions to combat workforce challenges.

Speakers for the forum include Michigan human resources leaders Patrick Irwin, vice president, human resources, South Market, Henry Ford Hospital; and Mary Rosser, MA, SHRM-SCP, chief human resources officer, Trinity Health Saint Mary’s; and Mary Sand, Ph.D., Sand Consulting, LLC.

Irwin and Rosser will first explore topics related to workforce safety and pipeline development, such as approaches to invite employees at all levels to help plan the future workforce, developing strategies for diverse candidate pools, boosting the capacity to prevent and curtail violence against staff and implementing wellbeing programs. The forum will conclude with a keynote presentation from Sand on human resources professionals identifying their blind spots.

The forum is free of charge and open only to MHA member organizations. Registration for both in-person and virtual attendees will close April 19.

Members with questions about membership or registration should contact Brenda Carr at the MHA.

Cybersecurity Member Forum Scheduled for June 2

The MHA will host a cybersecurity member forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at the Henry Center for Executive Development. Increasing cybersecurity threats support the need for leaders to identify vulnerabilities of medical devices and supply chains, to select staff who can lead threat mitigation while workforce shortages remain high, as well as a host of other responsibilities.

Representatives from a midsize hospital and a health system will share the steps the leadership teams took to recover from cyberattacks and the processes amplified 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 also discuss cyber threats investigated and how the AHA is helping the field mitigate threats and exchange information with the FBI and other government agencies. They will also share ways to facilitate cyber resource requests between technical and nontechnical leadership, including chief information, financial and medical officers.

Attendees will also participate in a table-top exercise to test their organizations’ incident response plans. The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services is generously sponsoring this event.

To create a safe meeting for everyone, the MHA has developed a code of conduct, including COVID-19 vaccination verification. The vaccination verification process and other safety measures are detailed on the Member Forum webpage under the Code of Conduct policy. The forum is open to MHA-member organizations only, who can register for $150 per person. For more information, contact Brenda Carr at the MHA.

Cybersecurity Cannot Be Overlooked

During a time of major workforce shortages and operational challenges, staff who have the expertise to oversee cybersecurity are mostly reacting to threats instead of proactively managing risks from employees, technology, processes and third-party vendors.

The MHA will host a cybersecurity member forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at the Henry Center for Executive Development. Cybersecurity experts from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will review criminal and national security cyber threats investigated and how the AHA is helping the field mitigate threats and exchange information with the FBI and other government agencies. They will also discuss ways to create an organizational culture of cybersecurity and facilitate cyber resource requests between technical and nontechnical leadership.

Representatives from a midsize hospital and a health system will share about their cyber or supply chain attack incidents and experiences with cloud-based security services. Attendees will also 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 designed for chief executive, information, financial, operating and medical officers. The forum is open to MHA-member organizations only. Members can register for $150 per person. For more information, contact Brenda Carr at the MHA.

Cybersecurity Member Forum Scheduled for June 2

Cyberattacks are a clear and present danger to patient care and safety and are becoming a more frequent reality. Most recently, ransomware criminals issued a public statement indicating they stand ready to retaliate against the West in defense of Russia. Reinforcing cybersecurity as part of the organization’s overall risk management framework is essential to protecting the risks resulting from cyberattacks.

To assist members in strengthening their defense against such attacks, the MHA will host a cybersecurity member forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at the Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing. The forum is designed for chief executive, information, financial, operating and medical officers. Cybersecurity experts from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will review criminal and national security cyber threats investigated and how the AHA is helping the field mitigate threats and exchange information with the FBI and other government agencies. They will also discuss ways to create an organizational culture of cybersecurity and facilitate cyber resource requests between technical and nontechnical leadership.

Representatives from a midsize hospital and a health system will share about their cyber or supply chain attack incidents and experiences with cloud-based security services. Attendees will also 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. Members can register for $150 per person. For more information, contact Brenda Carr at the MHA.

Responses to Cybersecurity Attacks, Mitigation Strategies Focus of Member Forum

The healthcare sector remains a target-rich environment for cyberattacks 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. March 24 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 the leadership teams took to recover from a cyberattack and the processes amplified 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 also discuss cyberthreats investigated and how the AHA is helping the field mitigate threats and exchange information with the FBI and other government agencies, as well as ways to facilitate cyber resource requests between technical and nontechnical leadership.

Attendees will also participate in a table-top exercise to test their organizations’ incident response plans. The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services is generously sponsoring this event.

The forum is open to MHA-member organizations only. Members can register for $150 per person. For more information, contact Brenda Carr at the MHA.