Headline Roundup: Week of Nov. 15 for COVID-19 in Michigan

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The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the growth in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, hospital capacity and healthcare workforce sustainability.

Below is a collection of headlines from around the state that include statements from the MHA.

Sunday, Nov. 21

Thursday, Nov. 18

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Monday, Nov. 15

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.

Headline Roundup: Michigan Hospitals Encourage COVID-19 Vaccination

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The MHA published a consensus statement Aug. 6 on behalf of Michigan hospitals and health systems that urges members of their communities to receive one of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

Portions of the statement were included in stories by several news outlets across Michigan, including the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and MiBiz.

“The vaccines are our best defense against this variant and the likelihood of future variants emerging. The vaccines are essential for us to stop COVID-19 and its future mutations,” the statement read. “We have an opportunity to make a difference in this public health crisis. Together, our actions will serve the public good, save lives and shorten the health and economic impact of the pandemic.”

Brian Peters Quoted by FREEP & Crain’s on State Reopening

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MHA CEO Brian Peters issued a statement June 17 expressing the role the COVID-19 vaccine has had in allowing the lifting of public health orders June 22 that required masks and limited gathering capacities.

Portions of the statement were included in stories by the Detroit Free Press and Crain’s Detroit Business.

“The key factor that has allowed us to get to this point is the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Peters. “The drop in cases and hospitalizations is a direct result of the vaccine’s effectiveness in preventing transmission."

Detroit Free Press: Gov. Whitmer reveals $67B Michigan budget plan: Here's what's in it

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The Detroit Free Press published an article Feb. 11 after State Budget Director Dave Massaron presented the governor’s fiscal year (FY) 2022 executive budget recommendation. The proposed $67.1 billion state budget focuses on economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, improving roads and infrastructure, public health, education and more.

The article provides a summary of the budget and includes reactions from state leaders, including MHA CEO Brian Peters.

"We are thankful for the additional funding that has supported testing, personal protective equipment, vaccinations and more over the past year and encourage considerations to address other pandemic consequences, such as funding to improve behavioral health,” said Peters. “The prompt allocation of state and federal funds allows front-line caregivers to operate at the highest level."

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Laura Appel Discusses New Federal Price Disclosure Rule

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MHA Senior Vice President Laura Appel appears on WWMT-TV News Channel 3 on Jan.6Laura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer, discussed the new federal hospital price disclosure rule with the Detroit Free Press and WWMT-TV the week of Jan. 4.

The Detroit Free Press story published Jan. 6 quotes Appel discussing how caring for a surge of COVID-19 patients may impact the rate at which hospitals are able to comply with the federal rule.

“It’s still a pandemic and most organizations are still in what we’d call a surge mode," said Appel. “It’s still a pretty tenuous time, so it wouldn’t surprise me if some (hospitals) said, 'We’re working on it, but we’re not there yet.' "

On Jan. 6, Appel contributed to a WWMT-TV story explaining what is now required of hospitals with the new rule.

"What's now required to be published are each negotiated rate for a particular type of service," said Appel.

Headline Roundup: Week of Nov. 16 for COVID-19 in Michigan

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As Michigan hospitals address a second surge of COVID-19 patients, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to responding to the pandemic.

Below is a collection of headlines from around the state that include interviews or statements from the MHA.

Friday, November 20

Thursday, November 19

Tuesday, November 17

Monday, November 16

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.

Headline Roundup: Week of Nov. 9 for COVID-19 in Michigan

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As Michigan hospitals address a second surge of COVID-19 patients, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to responding to the pandemic.

MHA CEO Brian Peters joined CEOs of Michigan hospitals Nov. 12 during a virtual press conference organized by the Michigan Economic Recovery Council (MERC). Other participants included Henry Ford Health System President and CEO Wright Lassiter III, UP Health System Market President Gar Atchinson, Spectrum Health President & CEO Tina Freese Decker, Munson Health Care President & CEO Ed Ness and Beaumont Health President & CEO John Fox.

Below is a collection of headlines from around the state that include interviews or statements from the MHA, including coverage of the MERC Press Conference:

Sunday, November 15

Friday, November 13

Thursday, November 12

Tuesday, November 10

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.

Headline Roundup: Week of Oct. 26 for COVID-19 in Michigan

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As Michigan hospitals continue to address the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to responding to the pandemic.

Here are a few headlines from around the state that include interviews or statements from the MHA:

Sunday, November 1

Thursday, October 29

  • Detroit Regional Chamber/Gongwer: Oct. 30 | Oakland County Candidate Funding Analysis; New MDHHS Rules For Gatherings 

Wednesday, October 28

Tuesday, October 27

Monday, October 26

The MHA will continue to provide weekly Monday Report updates on this issue, as well as email communications as often as necessary to ensure members remain informed. Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact John Karasinski at the MHA.

Headline Roundup: MHA Research Shows Michigan Motorists Largely Unfamiliar with New Auto No-fault Law

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The MHA received coverage from several media outlets across the state following the public release of research that finds Michigan’s 7.2 million motorists are largely unfamiliar with the state’s new auto no-fault insurance law that will take effect July 1.

On May 30, 2019, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill making sweeping changes to Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law. An in-depth study of 1,005 Michigan motorists conducted by Escalent, a southeast Michigan company that conducts specialized market and consumer behavior research for many companies and industries, found that only 12% of insured motorists are “very familiar” and 35% are “a little familiar” with the new law, while 53% have just “heard of it” or are “not at all familiar.”

Here are a few headlines from around the state:

The MHA will continue to work with key stakeholders during the launch of a public education campaign in the spring to educate motorists about the new law. Members with questions regarding the upcoming public awareness campaign should contact Ruthanne Sudderth and any questions regarding media requests should contact John Karasinski at the MHA.