Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Aug. 9

MHA Covid-19 update

MHA COVID-19 Update imageThe MHA continues to keep members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting hospitals through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. Important updates are outlined below.

Michigan Case Numbers and Hospitalizations Continue to Increase

Michigan reported over 3,100 new COVID-19 cases from this past Thursday and Friday, bringing the daily average of cases up to 1,564. Hospitalizations also continue to increase, with 889 confirmed hospitalizations statewide, 19 of which are pediatric. Over the last four weeks, 99% of test samples sequenced by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are the delta variant.

Members with data questions may contact Jim Lee.

Social Media Toolkit Available with Delta Variant Messaging, Immunization Awareness Posts and Vaccine FAQs

To help communicate messages around the delta variant, updated masking guidance, childhood immunizations and general COVID-19 vaccine information, the MHA has created a downloadable social media toolkit with posts and graphics for public use. Members are encourage to share the content on their own channels or engage through the MHA’s Twitter or Facebook. The toolkit and other COVID-19 resources can be found on the COVID-19 webpage of the MHA website. Members with social media questions may contact Lucy Ciaramitaro.

MHA Monday Report Aug. 2, 2021

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Governor Signs Supplemental Hospital Funding into Law

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a supplemental budget bill July 26, appropriating $160 million in funding for Michigan hospitals that is intended to account for the cost of treating COVID-19 patients throughout …

Webinar Reviews Documentation Compliance

Documentation remains one of the most problematic components of healthcare. Proper documentation is crucial for the provision of safe care and communication across the continuum of care and plays a major role in compliance and reimbursement. …

MHA Excellence in Governance Fellows Graduate

After a year’s delay due to the pandemic, members of the 2019-2020 class of the MHA Excellence in Governance Fellowship completed their work and participated in a graduation ceremony. Thirteen fellows graduated from the nine-month program that focuses …

LGBTQ+ Informed Care Webinar Offered Aug. 19

The Michigan Public Health Institute and the MHA Keystone Center are hosting a webinar to illustrate the importance of data collection specific to LGBTQ+ patients. LGBTQ+ Informed Care: It Starts with Data is a free event and will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 19. …

Medicare Advantage Enrollment Continues to Rise

Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment in Michigan totaled approximately 1,107,000 in July, an increase of 12,000 beneficiaries since April. The July MA enrollment is spread across 45 MA plans that are currently operating in the state, with approximately 48% of Michigan’s 2.3 …

MHA Mourns Passing of Sen. Carl Levin

MHA CEO Brian Peters published a statement on the passing of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin July 29, 2021. Levin. served in the Senate from 1979 to 2015.

The Keckley Report

Implications: AHA Opines on Vaccines

“The American Hospital Association Board approved this Policy Statement on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Personnel:

‘To protect all patients, communities and personnel from the known and substantial risks of COVID-19, the American Hospital Association (AHA) strongly urges the vaccination of all health care personnel …’

“For hospitals, the threat posed by the Delta variant and employee vaccine hesitancy adds to the storm clouds gathering.”

Paul Keckley, July 26, 2021