MHA Monday Report Feb. 24, 2020

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CON Bills, Other Healthcare Issues Taken Up by Michigan Legislature

Michigan Capitol BuildingThe Michigan Legislature recently dealt with legislation that would impact hospitals and healthcare in the state, including proposals to reform and repeal Michigan’s Certificate of Need (CON) program. The Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee, chaired by … 


Proposed Pharmacy Carve-out Policy Dropped by MDHHS 

A proposed policy that would have had a significant impact on the 340B prescription drug program for hospitals in Michigan has been dropped by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The proposal would have carved  … 


Excellence in Governance Fellowship Prepares Trustees to Lead

Excellence in Governance FellowshipHospital and health system leaders continue to revolutionize their organizations in many ways to better serve patients, attract physicians and achieve success in a challenging environment. This includes growing outpatient strategies and striving for a diverse …


Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Calls Reach Halfway Point

Workplace Safety CollaborativeFeb. 12 marked the halfway point for the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative’s Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Collaboration calls, which began Oct. 9 and will occur bimonthly through Aug. 12. The series provides support for the implementation …


MHA Endorsed Business PartnerEndorsed Business Partner Webinar Series Outlined Member Benefits

The MHA recently hosted a series of webinars highlighting the cutting-edge and cost-effective solutions available to Michigan hospitals through its Endorsed Business Partner program. The program launched in 2018 to assist hospitals as they work to avoid unnecessary costs …


The Keckley Report

Paul KeckleyMedical Education Step 1 Change is a Small Step in the Right Direction
“[T]he U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) announced a major policy change: the compulsory exam known as Step 1 would cease to be reported with a three-digit score but instead become pass/fail as early as 2022. That’s big news for America’s 92,758 medical students in America’s 192 Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy.”

Paul Keckley, Feb. 17, 2020


News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Feb. 24:

  • Learning Webinar 2 of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Innovation Improvement Network Falls Improvement Sprint webinar will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday.
     
  • Learning Webinar 2 of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Innovation Improvement Network Readmissions Improvement Sprint will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday.
     
  • MHA Breakthrough will take place from 1 p.m. Thursday to 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City.

Laura Appel, MHAMHA in the News

Read recent coverage about the MHA, including an article from MiBiz that reviews Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s call to incorporate elements of the federal Affordable Care Act into state law and features comments from Laura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer, MHA.

Endorsed Business Partner Webinar Series Outlined Member Benefits

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The MHA recently hosted a series of webinars highlighting the cutting-edge and cost-effective solutions available to Michigan hospitals through its Endorsed Business Partner program. The program launched in 2018 to assist hospitals as they work to avoid unnecessary costs, recover revenue, reduce operating expenses, improve management and quality, increase productivity, develop staff resources and apply new strategies. The webinars highlighted the member benefits provided by each participating endorsed business partner.

MCAGThe MHA hosted a webinar Nov. 19 with MCAG, an industry leader in the class action settlement recovery business, highlighting current and upcoming class action settlements. A recording and materials are available from the webinar for members who were unable to participate. To learn more and sign up for MCAG’s Settlement Recovery Service, visit its website for MHA members and click the “Enroll Now” button.

Care LogisticsA webinar titled Elevating RN Practice Through Innovative Daily Care Coordination Processes was held Jan. 14. It gave Michigan hospitals the opportunity to learn how Care Logistics helps hospitals and health systems across the country to achieve dramatic results in patient flow, throughput, quality and experience. The webinar highlighted a case study from Mercy Medical Center in Canton, OH, where Barbara Yingling, chief nursing officer, successfully addressed these common challenges through the implementation of an innovative inpatient care progression model. Members who were unable to participate may access a recording and materials from the webinar online.

Salary.comThe MHA hosted a webinar Jan. 28 with its endorsed business partner Salary.com that focused on four things organizations can do in 2020 to improve their compensation programs. Attendees learned about reviewing an organization’s compensation philosophy and strategy, metrics that indicate compensation program health, tasks to perform on a regular basis and ways to use the MHA Salary Survey. Members may review these lessons for compensation programs online, where a recording and materials from the webinar have been posted.

Commerce HealthcareThe MHA has partnered with CommerceHealthcare for over a decade with its accounts payable (AP) program. Many hospitals have benefited from additional revenue through this program, even supplementing existing AP programs and services to deliver value. The MHA hosted a webinar Feb. 5 titled Transforming the Healthcare Financial Experience with CommerceHealthcare. The webinar highlighted solutions to help get providers out of the business of banking and put the focus back on the patient experience. For additional information, contact Dan VandenBosch at CommerceHealthcare at (616) 233-0430.

Members with questions about the Endorsed Business Partner program or the webinar series should contact Rob Wood at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Jan. 27, 2020

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Auto No-FaultStudy: Michigan Motorists Largely Unfamiliar with New Auto No-fault Law That Takes Effect July 1

Michigan’s 7.2 million licensed drivers know little about the state’s new auto no-fault insurance law that takes effect July 1 with a menu of first-time coverage choices and exceptions that could lower premiums and substantially limit medical care …


U.S. Supreme Court Declines Request to Expedite Ruling on Fate of Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court declined a petition to review and overturn a recent Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Fifth Circuit found the ACA’s individual insurance mandate to be unconstitutional and sent …


Members Testify Before Senate on Critical Incident Stress Management Bill

Amy Morrison-Maybee, Bronson Healthcare CISM team coordinator, testifies before the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee.Members of the Bronson Healthcare team testified before the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee Jan. 23 to advocate for House Bill (HB) 4862 on behalf of medical providers living with critical incident stress. The bill would expand …


Michigan Capitol BuildingSurprise Billing Legislation Approved by Senate Insurance and Banking Committee

The Michigan Senate Insurance and Banking Committee approved legislation Jan. 22 to address the issue of surprise medical bills. Also referred to as balance billing, surprise medical billing occurs when patients are unexpectedly held responsible for …


Patient Safety OrganizationRegistration Open for MHA Keystone Center PSO Annual Meeting

Registration is open for the MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) Annual Meeting, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 at the VisTaTech Center – Schoolcraft College, Livonia. A virtual option is available for those …


MHA Health Foundation Webinar Reviews Medicare and Medicaid Overpayments

Overpayments to healthcare providers receiving Medicare reimbursements can result in civil and criminal enforcement action if providers are not diligent in compliance with reimbursement rule requirements. Healthcare providers cannot keep money paid …


MHA Ludwig AwardNominate a Great Community Benefit Program for a Ludwig Award

The MHA’s Ludwig Community Benefit Award is presented annually to recognize MHA-member healthcare organizations that demonstrate community benefit by improving the health and well-being of their communities through collaborative health, economic … 


The Keckley Report

Paul KeckleyThe 38th JP Morgan Healthcare Conference: My Take
“The 38th version of the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference is in the books and there were few surprises. …

“JPM is Woodstock for healthcare lenders and investors and the companies that desire their money.”

Paul Keckley, Jan. 20, 2020


News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Jan. 27:

  • A webinar titled Compensation Wellness: Four Things to Make a Priority in 2020 will be presented by Salary.com at noon Tuesday.
     
  • Learning Webinar 1 of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Falls Improvement Sprint series will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday.
     
  • Learning Webinar 1 of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Readmissions Improvement Sprint series will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday.
     
  • The MHA hosted a webinar Jan. 14 with its endorsed business partner Care Logistics, an industry leader in improving patient flow, throughput, quality and experience.

MHA in the News

Read recent coverage about the MHA, including a roundup of articles from across the state about recent research that finds Michigan drivers are largely unfamiliar with the state’s new auto no-fault insurance law that will take effect July 1.

News to Know – Week of Jan. 27

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Jan. 27:

  • The MHA is hosting a series of webinars highlighting the cutting-edge and cost-effective solutions available to Michigan hospitals through its Endorsed Business Partner program. A webinar titled Compensation Wellness: Four Things to Make a Priority in 2020 will be presented by Salary.com at noon Tuesday. The webinar will cover reviewing an organization’s compensation philosophy and strategy, metrics that indicate compensation program health, tasks to perform on a regular basis, and ways to use the MHA Salary Survey. The webinar is offered free of charge, but registration is required.
     
  • Learning Webinar 1 of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Falls Improvement Sprint series will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday. This webinar will focus on common themes identified through a hospital’s submission of the Process Improvement Discovery Tool. This tool is completed through chart audit and demonstrates current performance, which is essential to understand before addressing gaps to achieve desired performance. Participants will also review the Desired Performance Statement in Behavioral Terms tool that participants will complete and submit prior to Learning Webinar 2. For more information, contact the MHA Keystone Center.
     
  • Learning Webinar 1 of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Readmissions Improvement Sprint series will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday. The webinar will focus on common themes identified through a hospital’s submission of the Process Improvement Discovery Tool. The tool is completed through chart audit and demonstrates current performance, which is essential to understand before addressing gaps to achieve desired performance. Participants will also review the Desired Performance Statement in Behavioral Terms tool that hospitals will complete and submit prior to Learning Webinar 2. For more information, contact the MHA Keystone Center.
     
  • The MHA hosted a webinar Jan. 14 with its endorsed business partner Care Logistics, an industry leader in improving patient flow, throughput, quality and experience. The webinar highlighted a case study from Mercy Medical Center in Canton, OH, where Barbara Yingling, chief nursing officer, successfully addressed these common challenges through the implementation of an innovative inpatient care progression model. A recording and materials are available from the webinar. Members with questions about accessing these materials should contact Rob Wood at the MHA.