Healthcare Hot Topics: MHA Keystone Center – 2021 Priorities and Leadership Changes

MHA Keystone Center Healthcare Hot Topics

Brittany Bogan, FACHE, CPPS, senior vice president of safety and quality, MHA, and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center, discusses the MHA Keystone Center’s 2021 focus areas in addition to announcing her departure from the MHA.

As we look back on 2020, we remember a year that challenged our hospitals, healthcare systems, employees and communities in unimaginable ways. We also remember a year during which, despite extraordinary circumstances, the front line remained resilient and determined, providing high quality, compassionate care to the people of Michigan. In recognition of this dedication, in this new year more than ever, the MHA Keystone Center remains committed to its mission: supporting healthcare providers to achieve excellence in the outcomes desired by the people they serve.

Our priorities across 2021 include:

Health Equity

We will devote our efforts and resources to eliminating health disparities and dismantling institutional racism. The COVID-19 pandemic has only further highlighted the racial injustices vulnerable populations face, and while some progress has been made, we have a long way to go.

We commend the MHA-member hospitals and healthcare organizations that have taken the first step to address this critical issue by pledging to listen, act and lead as we eliminate healthcare disparities to achieve equitable outcomes for all. The organizations that have signed the pledge will be recognized on the MHA Keystone Center’s public website in the coming weeks. I encourage the healthcare organization chief executive officers who have not yet signed the pledge to contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Improving Care for Older Adults

The older adult population has also been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The MHA Keystone Center is enrolling sites for its second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community, which will start in March and will support organizations working to improve healthcare outcomes for older adults. The Action Community will adapt its content to meet the needs of the ever-evolving pandemic.

The MHA Keystone Center is also one of eight organizations that came together to create the Superior Health Quality Alliance, a joint venture intended to improve the quality of health and healthcare for the Medicare population by designing and implementing initiatives that are person-centered and integrated across the continuum of care and services. Under Superior Health, the MHA Keystone Center is engaged in efforts with hospitals, nursing homes and community coalitions to prevent harm, save lives and lower healthcare costs.

Ensuring Healthy Mothers and Babies

On the opposite end of the life spectrum, I am excited to announce the recent launch of Project Baby Deer, a statewide initiative offering rapid whole-genome sequencing (rWGS) for critically ill babies and children. The MHA is working collaboratively with several other organizations to support Project Baby Deer and aiming to make Michigan the first state in the nation to offer rWGS to all babies and children that meet the clinical criteria, regardless of location or type of insurance. More information on Project Baby Deer will be released soon.

In addition to serving families and children through Project Baby Deer, hospital teams across Michigan are focusing on addressing factors contributing to maternal mortality through the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM). Across 2021, birthing hospitals will be invited to attend regional safety sessions, which will enhance healthcare providers’ ability to work toward full implementation of the MI AIM safety bundles, including those focused on hypertension, hemorrhage and sepsis.

Workplace Safety and Well-being

The MHA Keystone Center will continue efforts to improve workplace safety through the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative, convened in 2019 to identify, develop and implement risk-reduction strategies. The MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative is hosting a webinar Jan. 28 to educate members on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Staff Wellness Tool, which serves as a guide for those in leadership positions to have structured conversations with their colleagues to help ensure staff well-being.

Addressing the Opiod Epidemic

The MHA Keystone Center and the Michigan Center for Rural Health partnered in 2020 to ensure that providers and health systems focus on preventing opioid-related morbidity and mortality. This partnership offers academic detailing training so providers can offer peer-to-peer educational outreach within their facilities. The training is intended to help providers identify patients at-risk for overdose or opioid use disorder and to offer or connect patients with care appropriate for their individual needs. Our goal is to continue to expand access to this training across the year and align with other state and national efforts to curb opioid abuse in Michigan and beyond.

As evidenced by the information above, the MHA Keystone Center team has a lot of fantastic resources and events planned to support healthcare providers in 2021, kicking off with our first PSO Safe Table of the year Jan. 13 and followed by the PSO Annual Member Meeting March 10 and 11. Please save these dates and watch for more details in our weekly communications.

As my time with the MHA and MHA Keystone Center comes to a close, I want to express my gratitude to everyone I have worked with and learned from over the past 12 years. I am honored to have been part of the MHA and MHA Keystone Center teams and humbled by all that has been achieved through collaboration to advance safety and healthcare quality. As MHA’s leader Brian Peters repeatedly says, “we are in this together,” and working together, we really do make a difference. Thank you for being part of the collective effort.

Bogan to Leave MHA for Position at University of Michigan Health System

Brittany Bogan

Brittant Bogan, senior vice president, safety and quality, MHA, and executive director, MHA Keystone CenterBrittany Bogan, senior vice president, safety and quality, MHA, and executive director, MHA Keystone Center, will end 12 years with the MHA staff Jan. 15. The following Monday, she will begin a position on the executive team for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan.

Bogan’s leadership has been integral to the many successes of the MHA Keystone Center. She also helped bring the MHA into a multistate collaboration, now called the Superior Health Quality Alliance, and is currently its chair.

In addition to her work in the safety and quality realm, she has served as president of the Upper Peninsula Hospital Council and as lead staff to the MHA Children’s Hospital Council. In 2020, she has provided extraordinary support to members in dealing with multiple aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has frequently made presentations to the MHA Board of Trustees and has earned the respect of colleagues and healthcare leaders throughout the state, region and nation.

During her tenure with the MHA, Bogan earned a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and fellowship status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The MHA wishes her well in this new endeavor and looks forward to working with her as a representative of a member organization.

Implicit Bias Training Rules Advisory Work Group Releases Final Recommendations

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on July 9 signed Executive Directive 2020-07, directing the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to begin promulgating rules to establish implicit bias training standards as part of the knowledge and skills necessary for health professionals’ licenses and registrations in Michigan. To comply with the directive’s provision to consult with key stakeholders, LARA launched and recently concluded an Implicit Bias Training Rules Advisory Work Group. The group met for eight weeks, spending over 20 hours discussing examples from other states and offering suggestions and feedback for the rules that will be promulgated in Michigan. The work group and subcommittees included representatives from 86 different organizations, including the MHA and several MHA members.

The MHA supports implicit bias training for all healthcare personnel and is working to ensure equitable access and care is provided to all patients. The final recommendations have been shared with the Bureau of Professional Licensing, which will file a request for rulemaking and begin drafting the rule set. The rule promulgation process can be tracked by subscribing to receive administrative rules email notices. Additional ideas and recommendations should be emailed to the Office of Policy & Legislative Affairs.

For more information or to request a copy of the executive summary of the work group’s final recommendations, contact Brittany Bogan or Paige Fults at the MHA.