MHA Featured in Crain’s Detroit Business Articles on COVID-19

MHA CEO Brian Peters

Crain’s Detroit Business published stories the week of Nov. 2 that referenced the MHA and aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crain’s referenced a conference call Gov. Whitmer had with the MHA Board of Trustees Nov. 1 in an article published Nov. 3.

“They're very worried — our hospitalizations are up," Gov. Whitmer said in reference to the concern expressed by the Board of Trustees.

MHA CEO Brian Peters also spoke with Crain’s Nov. 5 for a story on the exponential growth of COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations in Michigan.

"We have had over 2,000 inpatient hospitalizations from member hospitals,” said Peters. “At the current pace if the rise of hospitalizations continues over next few weeks we will be right back to the all inpatient high (of about 4,500) by Thanksgiving. It's a scary proposition. We are seeing hospital ER visits that are COVID-related double in the last two weeks, and that results in additional hospital admissions."

Headline Roundup: CMO Joint Statement on COVID-19 Policies

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As Michigan hospitals continue to address the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the MHA released a joint statement on behalf of Chief Medical Officers and Chief Clinical Officers of Michigan Healthcare Systems and Hospitals regarding needed public actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Signing the joint statement were 28 hospital or health system leaders, including Gary Roth, DO, chief medical officer, MHA. Here are a few headlines from around the state.

Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA.

Crain’s Detroit Business: Report – Michigan hospital prices second lowest in nation

MHA CEO Brian Peters

Crain’s Detroit Business published a story Sept. 18 on a new report from the Employers Forum of Indiana and the RAND Corp. that reviewed claims data from 3,112 hospitals in 49 states.

The study found that Michigan hospitals charged self-insured employers and private payers the second-lowest prices in the nation after Arkansas from 2016 to 2018. Michigan was the lowest in the Great Lakes region at 190% compared to Ohio (235%), Wisconsin (290%), Minnesota (297%) and Indiana (303%).

A statement from MHA CEO Brian Peters was included in the story.

“We believe this study also reiterates that the existence of a strong (Certificate of Need) program continues to play a key role in keeping costs low and quality high in our state,” said Peters.

“At the same time, COVID-19 has shown that the same efficiencies that save employers and patients on costs can make crises even more difficult to navigate. The study shows that health care pricing is a delicate and difficult balancing act. Our member hospitals and health systems will continue to provide the highest quality care possible to every person who walks through their doors, and will continue to be good stewards of the dollars they receive, regardless of who is paying the bill.”

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