Webinar Outlines CRNA’s Role in the Future of Clinical Operations

Michigan legislation in 2022 modernized the scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), eliminating the state requirement that a CRNA must work under direct physician supervision. Hospitals can now choose the anesthesia care model that best fits their location, staffing and resources to offer safe and effective patient care.

The CRNA’s Role in the Future of Clinical Operations webinar on Jan. 12, 2023 will include panelists Steve Barnett, president and CEO of McKenzie Health System, Robert Casalou, president and CEO of Trinity Health Michigan & Southeast Regions and Jeremiah J. Hodshire, president of Hillsdale Hospital. They will review the CRNA duties and responsibilities in their settings and tactics to build support and operationalize CRNA practice. MHA staff will outline advocacy efforts to expand CRNA’s scope of practice and answer questions about reimbursement.

The webinar is cosponsored by the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA) and is open to MHA and MANA members. Chief executives and presidents, financial and operational team members, medical, nurses and compliance officers are encouraged to register.

Members with questions should contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Nov. 7, 2022

MHA Monday Report

MHA Board of Trustees Advances Strategic Action Plan, Affirms Policy Panel Legislative Recommendations

The MHA Board of Trustees began their Nov. 2 meeting with a review of key communication strategies to assist hospitals and health systems to “tell their stories” about the unprecedented financial and workforce challenges they currently face and how they are adapting to meet the critical healthcare and economic development needs of their communities …


Logo for MI Vote Matters, Tuesday Nov. 8Healthcare Community Urged to Vote in Nov. 8 General Election

The MHA encourages its staff, members and other stakeholders in the healthcare community to vote in the state’s general election Nov. 8.- Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. …


Parents Urged to Take Preventive Measures as Pediatric Beds Fill Up

Michigan children’s hospitals and pediatric healthcare leaders are raising awareness about a pediatric hospital bed shortage and urging the public to help prevent respiratory illnesses, which are rapidly spreading in the form of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza …


CMS Releases Final Rule to Update OPPS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) effective Jan. 1, 2023 …


Provider Enrollment Requirements Reinstated Effective Dec. 1, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued MMP 22-38 COVID-19 Response: Termination of Bulletin MSA 20-28, which reinstates provider enrollment requirements …


CMS Releases Final to Update Medicare PPS Effective 2023

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service home health (HH) prospective payment system (PPS) effective Jan. 1, 2023 …


MHA Supports Increased Access to Affordable Post-Secondary Education

The MHA, along with stakeholders across diverse fields, supported record state investment in Michigan’s future workforce. On October 11th, the Governor signed Public Act 212 of 2022 establishing the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, and applications starting with students in the high school class of 2023 will now be eligible for increased state financial aid …


CE Credits Available for Unionization and Legal Guidelines Webinar

The webinar Dispelling Misinformation About Unionization and Legal Guidelines 8:30 – 10 a.m. ET Nov. 11 has been approved by HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) for 1.5 hours …


MHA Rounds Report - Brian Peters, MHA CEOMHA CEO Report — Your Vote Matters

At the MHA, we often say that politics is not a spectator sport. It requires continual engagement and relationship building so that when you are in a crisis and need assistance, you have trusted friends you can turn to …


The Keckley ReportPaul Keckley

The Three Blind Spots in Hospital Strategic Plans

“For 40 years, I have facilitated Board Retreats for hospitals, health systems, insurance plans and medical groups. At no time has the level of uncertainty about the future for hospitals been as intense nor the importance of a forward-looking strategic vision and planning been as necessary as now. The issues are complicated: lag indicators about demand, clinical innovations, reimbursement, costs et al are a foreboding backdrop for these discussions. And three issues have surfaced as blind spots in the environmental assessments and deliberations preceding the plan …”

Paul Keckley, Oct 31, 2022


Michigan Harvest GatheringsNews to Know

Many Michigan hospitals are underway with their Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign which runs through Nov. 18. Online donations by hospital employees and community members to the Michigan Harvest Gathering program can be made through the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s website …


MHA in the News

The MHA received media coverage on the surge of RSV cases across Michigan’s pediatric hospitals during the week of Oct. 31. The coverage included several comments provided to news outlets and the distribution of a press release Nov. 4 to statewide media …

CE Credits Available for Unionization and Legal Guidelines Webinar

The webinar Dispelling Misinformation About Unionization and Legal Guidelines 8:30 – 10 a.m. ET Nov. 11 has been approved by HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) for 1.5 hours. The webinar will outline:

  • Understanding how recent dynamics, including the COVID-19 crisis and worker shortages, have increased healthcare industry’s vulnerability to union organizing.
  • Exploring current trends and tactics unions use to recruit healthcare employees.
  • Identifying strategies that boost employee engagement.
  • How to properly identify and respond to protected concerted activity.
  • How to navigate evolving rules from the National Relations Labor Board, including those applicable to social media.
  • Tips and guidelines for leaders in response to a union or other protected concerted activity.

Sponsored by the MHA Service Corporation Unemployment Compensation Program and the Miller Johnson law firm, the webinar is offered free of charge. Human resource executives and professionals, chief nurse executives and legal counsel are encouraged to register.

Details about the HR Certification Institute® credits are on the registration page. Members with questions should contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

 

MHA Monday Report Oct. 31, 2022

MHA Monday Report

MDHHSMDHHS Announces Plans to Establish Stroke and Heart Attack Systems of Care

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Oct. 28 they are reorganizing to create systems of care for stroke and acute heart attack emergencies. The Bureau of EMS, Trauma & Preparedness within the MDHHS …


Two Days Remain to Register for the Nov. 2 Virtual Trustee Forum

Registration is being accepted for the MHA virtual Trustee Member Forum Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The forum will outline ways the association and members are supporting critical strategic pillars and allow trustees to discuss how governing boards can support workforce development and wellbeing, health equity, behavioral health and financial stability …


Webinar Prepares for The Joint Commission and CMS Health Equity Requirements

Recently, The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their commitment in driving the next decade of health equity for people who are underserved. The commitment to advancing health equity …


MDHHS Releases Proposed Policy on Medicaid Rates for Dental Services


Latest AHA Trustee Insights Outlines Physician Alignment and Consumerism Strategies

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. The October issue includes an article outlining the critical need for alignment of leadership …


Logo for MI Vote Matters, Tuesday Nov. 8MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Ballot Proposals

The MHA’s Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races and ballot questions for Election 2022. The series will provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including candidates’ views and background …


Paul KeckleyThe Keckley Report

Price Transparency in Healthcare: Will It Matter?

“Last week, Turquoise Health released its first Price Transparency Impact Report which aims to track hospital and health insurer compliance with the Hospital Price Transparency Rule (January 2021) and the CMS Transparency in Coverage Rule (July 1, 2022). Both require specified disclosures and financial penalties for non-compliance…

In July 2018, I wrote: ”Arguing price transparency in healthcare is a misguided effort is like arguing against clean air and healthy eating: it’s senseless.” It’s still true. Making the case that price transparency has a long way to go based on current offerings and utilization is legitimate.

But the price transparency movement is gaining momentum in healthcare: though it still lacks widespread impact on spending today, it soon will.”

Paul Keckley, Oct. 24, 2022


Logo for MI Vote Matters, Tuesday Nov. 8News to Know

Early in person voting by absentee ballot at a clerk’s office remains available. Absentee ballots can be dropped off at a designated drop box or local clerk’s office between now and 8 p.m. Nov. 8.

 

Latest AHA Trustee Insights Outlines Physician Alignment and Consumerism Strategies

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. The October issue includes an article outlining the critical need for alignment of leadership between the physician organization and hospital on key priorities and initiatives that address clinician needs and challenges and why alignment is an essential retention strategy to the operating environment. The article poses questions the board should be answering to maintain physician relationships.

Another article outlines the importance of identifying what individuals want and value from their healthcare experience, empowering Patient and Family Engagement Advisory Councils (PFEAC) to manage this process and working with the PFEAC to set goals and track progress using consumer engagement and patient experience metrics.

This resource is available free for AHA members and at a cost for nonmembers. For information about MHA trustee resources or webinars, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Oct. 24, 2022

MHA Monday Report

Trustee Forum Converts to Virtual

To expand access to critical information and discussion about the MHA’s 2022-2023 program year’s strategic action plan, the MHA Trustee Member Forum on Nov. 2 will be offered in a virtual format rather than in …


Crain’s Healthcare Leadership Summit Features MHA and Hospital Leaders

The Oct. 20 Crain’s 2022 Healthcare Leadership Summit featured speakers from the MHA and member hospitals in a series of panels on policy issues, labor force solutions and technology integration….

 


Strategic Action Planning Session with MHA Service Corporation Board

The MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) board focused on supporting MHA Strategic Action Plan priorities at the Oct. 13 planning session including addressing financial viability, workforce restoration & wellbeing, behavioral health improvements, health equity and …


MHA Podcast Details Upcoming Election

The MHA released another episode of the MiCare Champion Cast, which features interviews with healthcare policy experts in Michigan on key issues that impact healthcare and the health of communities …


Recording Available for MHA Strategic Action Plan Review

The MHA hosted a virtual forum Oct. 18 reviewing the Strategic Action Plan that was approved by the MHA Board of Trustees in August. The forum discussed pressing challenges and opportunities facing healthcare, including workforce development …


MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Attorney General

The MHA’s Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races and ballot questions for Election 2022. The series will provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including candidates’ views and background …

 


Paul KeckleyThe Keckley Report

The Lame Duck Session of Congress Will Not Be Lame for Healthcare

“Mid-mid-term election day is 22 days away. The “official end” of the Covid public health emergency has been delayed to January 11. The Federal Reserve is expected to increase its borrowing rate for the sixth time this year at its November meeting as it attempts to slow inflation and the stock market is under-water as year-end approaches. Regardless of the mid-term outcome and the state of the economy, healthcare will be prominent in the upcoming lame-duck Congress…”

Paul Keckley, Oct. 17, 2022


News to KnowLogo for MI Vote Matters, Tuesday Nov. 8

  • The last day to register online to vote in the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 24, 2022.
  • The second gubernatorial debate is this Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. on the Oakland University campus between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican candidate Tudor Dixon.
  • Early in-person voting by absentee ballot at a clerk’s office remains available.
  • Complimentary MI Vote Matters informational posters and the 2022 Candidate Guide are still available for MHA members.

 


MHA CEO Brian PetersMHA in the News

The MHA received media coverage on through a couple stories during the week of Oct. 17, including on the introduction of the Stop Nurse Shortages Act at the federal level and the latest MiCare Champion …

 

Nov. 2 Trustee Forum Converts to Virtual

Registration is being accepted for the MHA virtual Trustee Member Forum Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The forum will outline ways the association and members are supporting critical strategic pillars and allow trustees to discuss how governing boards can support workforce development and wellbeing, health equity, behavioral health and financial stability.

After Brian Peters, MHA CEO, outlines the MHA’s strategic action plan approved by the MHA Board of Trustees, Pam Knecht, president and CEO of ACCORD LIMITED, will facilitate a discussion amongst registrants about ways to engage in these strategic areas through dialogue with each other and the hospital leadership team, consideration of diverse perspectives and how to advance ideas and actions through the governance process. T. Anthony Denton, senior vice president and COO of University of Michigan Health, and chair of the MHA Board of Trustees will share his perspective.

The forum will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Trustees can register through Nov. 1 for the MHA Trustee Member Forum for $75 per person.

Members with questions may contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Michigan Harvest Gathering Launches Oct. 10

Michigan harvest gathering

Michigan harvest gatheringFood insecurity and health outcomes go hand in hand, as those who struggle to put food on the table are at a higher risk of conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. In 2020, more than one million Michiganders faced food insecurity – including 300,000 children. The COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened this issue.

In an effort to combat food insecurity throughout the state, the MHA, alongside the Food Bank Council of Michigan, invite hospitals, health systems and the general public to participate in this year’s Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign, kicking off Oct. 10. Over the past 30 years, the program has raised awareness and funds to support food access for people at all walks of life. According to Feeding America, every dollar donated provides an average of 10 meals to those in need.

Donations can be made through the Food Bank Council website, either with a monetary contribution or by selecting from a variety of food products to donate. Healthcare professionals who wish to attribute their donation to an employer can select from a list of hospital and health systems under the donor information tab, which appears just before entering personal information and payment.

Questions about the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erin Steward.

Webinar Dispels Misinformation About Unionization and Outline Legal Guidelines

Healthcare workforce shortages, particularly nursing shortages, are severely hindering the ability to provide patient-centered care. Unionizing to negotiate for policies like staffing ratios is popular but does not consider the complexity of significant workforce shortages. As healthcare leaders face an environment where clinicians are experiencing burnout, leaders must understand collaboration strategies that improve organizational stability and patient outcomes.

The Dispelling Misinformation About Unionization and Legal Guidelines webinar will outline several topics related to the healthcare workforce and unionization. Topics will include how recent dynamics such as the COVID-19 crisis and worker shortages have increased the healthcare industry’s vulnerability to union organizing, current trends and tactics unions use to recruit healthcare employees, evolving rules from the National Relations Labor Board, including those applicable to social media, and other tips and guidelines for leaders responding to a union or other protected concerted activity.

The webinar is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. ET Nov. 11. Sponsored by the MHA Service Corporation Unemployment Compensation Program and Miller Johnson, it is offered free of charge. Human resource executives and professionals and chief nurse executives are encouraged to register.

Members with questions should contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

 

Trustee Member Forum Outlines Membership Strategies

The MHA will host a Trustee Member Forum from noon to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the MHA Headquarters in Okemos for trustees from MHA member organizations to explore the MHA’s 2022-2023 program year’s strategic action plan, which the MHA Board of Trustees approved in August.

This year’s strategic action focuses on the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing healthcare, including workforce development and wellbeing, health equity, behavioral health and financial stability. Hospital and health system board members are important stakeholders in achieving goals in each of these categories.

During the forum, a panel of Michigan hospital and health system CEOs will share their perspectives on how governing boards can reinforce strategies to help hospitals fund care, train and retain talent, identify and address gaps in disparities of care and develop early intervention and better crisis care for mental health.

Trustees can register for the MHA Trustee Member Forum for $75 per person. The forum will be the first event in more than two years for governing board members from Michigan to meet in-person and connect with trustees from across the state. Space is limited and registration will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Oct. 26.

Members with questions may contact Erin Steward at the MHA.