Registration Open for the 2023 Healthcare Leadership Academy

The MHA is offering its popular Healthcare Leadership Academy program on March 13-15 and May 15-16. With 10 years of history helping healthcare professionals lead more effectively, the program focuses on developing a new generation of healthcare leaders. Delivered in partnership with Executive Core and Grand Valley State University, two power-packed modules will help develop healthcare professionals’ ability to lead. This year’s program will be presented on the Grand Valley State University campus in Grand Rapids and features insightful sessions with executive leaders from Corewell Health, Bronson Healthcare and Sparrow Health System in addition to the renown faculty form GVSU.

The healthcare-focused business content develops understanding in finance, process improvement principles, technology and innovation while the professional leadership track builds essential skills to empower teams and stakeholders. Leadership 360º development with personal executive coaching ensures each delegate gets the most from the MHA program. Members are encouraged to register rising leaders to help build a stronger, more resilient organization. Attendees will develop valuable skills and insights that enable them to think strategically and improve outcomes, all while earning up to 42.5 CMEs or CEUs.

Physicians, clinicians and others who are engaged in healthcare and wish to strengthen their leadership skills are encouraged to register for the Healthcare Leadership Academy. Registration includes both the March and May module dates.

To further explore this offering, please contact Paul Velasco at Executive Core.

The MHA Keystone Center Offers Ongoing Workforce Well-Being Courses

Through a partnership with the Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality, the MHA Keystone Center is pleased to offer the second iteration of its WELL-B webinar series geared to support healthcare workers experiencing burnout.

Live courses will begin on Nov. 17 and take place monthly through Oct. 2023. Each one-hour session includes CME and ANCC credit. The 12 sessions are a continuation of the courses offered earlier this year. Members who did not participate in the spring cohort are encouraged to listen to the recordings to gain foundational knowledge. CME and ANCC credits are also available for the pre-recorded sessions.

Registration will remain open throughout the series.

Registration is also open for a 5-hour WELL-B Essentials cohort opportunity starting in Jan. 2023. The five interactive sessions will center around cultivating work-life balance, gratitude, self-compassion and awe.

Sessions for the WELL-B Essentials cohort are first come, first serve. Registrants will be assigned to the one-hour sessions from noon to 1 p.m. either Jan. 23 – 27 or Jan. 30 – Feb. 3.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Healthcare Bills Progress as Legislative Holiday Break Approaches

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capitol buildingThe Michigan House of Representatives acted on several bills related to healthcare during the week of Dec. 6. The House Education Committee supported legislation to allow community colleges to offer four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. The House Health Policy Committee approved legislation to require patient consent for invasive bodily exams and took initial testimony on legislation to require new continuing medical education (CME) for lead poisoning identification and treatment. In addition, the full House of Representatives voted on bills to allow Michigan to join the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) and an MHA-supported bill that makes changes for pharmacy wholesale distributors.

The legislation to allow for four-year BSN degrees at community colleges was introduced by Reps. John Roth (R-Traverse City) and John Damoose (R-Harbor Springs). House Bills (HBs) 5556 and 5557 would increase access to high-quality nurses in areas served by Michigan’s small and rural hospitals where a four-year school does not currently exist. The MHA supports the package, which will now be considered in the full House.

In the House Health Policy Committee, a vote was taken to report to the House floor legislation prohibiting invasive bodily exams without patient approval. HB 4194, introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Township), is supported by the MHA.

Legislation to require new physician CME regarding lead poisoning was also on the agenda in the House Health Policy Committee. Introduced by Rep. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids), HB 5414 would require physicians in Michigan to complete CME on lead screening, signs of lead poisoning, treatment for children and the referral process for lead cases to state agencies. The MHA opposed the bill in committee, noting that hospitals are currently focused on the implicit bias training that will become a condition for state licensure June 1. At a time when physicians and other healthcare professionals are exhausted from workforce shortages and unprecedented caseloads, additional educational requirements would be nearly impossible to undertake. The MHA will continue to monitor any action on HB 5414.

The House of Representatives voted to pass two bills to allow Michigan to join PSYPACT. This compact is a legal agreement among states that creates an expedited pathway to licensure for psychologists who wish to practice telepsychiatry across state lines. HBs 5488 and 5489 were introduced by Reps. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian) and Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield Township), respectively, and are supported by the MHA. The bills now move to the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee.

The pharmacy wholesale distributor bill passed the full House and now awaits the governor’s signature. HB 5072 was introduced by Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Township) and is a state-level effort to exempt hospitals and other healthcare entities that are under common control from a medication distribution threshold that currently requires registration as wholesalers. The MHA supported the bill in both chambers, as it would remove a requirement for additional paperwork for hospital pharmacies.

For more information on these and other state bills related to healthcare, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

Upcoming Webinar to Improve Healthcare for Transgender Population

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 and Certification webinar will assist providers in their awareness of these issues by reviewing:

  • The differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, sexual orientation and romantic orientation.
  • Understanding personal bias and perception of the differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual and romantic orientation.
  • Benefits and examples of providing options for patients in the areas of gender identification, preferred name, legal name and preferred pronouns.
  • The differences between the social and medical transition process.
  • How providers can make changes to reduce fears of the transgender patient in a medical setting.

The webinar is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9, and MHA members can join for a single connection fee of $395. MHA members can include up to five participants from the same organization for a connection fee of $1,900. Members should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA to register.

By participating in the Transgender Healthcare Dignity Model and Certification webinar, participants may earn up to 4.0 ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation.