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

June 30 Deadline for Governance Fellowship Applications

Governance Fellowship Applications

Applications are due June 30 for the 2021-2022 MHA Excellence in Governance Fellowship, which will be held from October 2021 through June 2022. Since the fellowship’s inception in 2003, more than 180 board members from across Michigan have completed the program, considering it the best choice to help them prepare to perform their vital responsibilities.

The MHA Excellence in Governance Fellowship is a comprehensive offering that focuses on four pillars of governance: principles of effective governance, improving quality and patient safety, building collaborative medical staff partnerships, and building strong relationships with the community and stakeholders. Each of the sessions are led by experts in governance with a healthcare background. Fellows in this class will meet in person four times and meet virtually between those sessions.

To further explore this one-of-a-kind offering or to indicate an intention to enroll a board member, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Shifting Strategic Options Require Governance Knowledge and Skills

Governance Fellowship Applications

The seismic forces disrupting healthcare present boards with a new set of strategic options that will profoundly affect their hospital or health system. These options may shift the mission and require swift action to result in maximum effect. Understanding the depth and breadth of the forces affecting future strategy requires concentrated, prudent introspection.

The MHA Excellence in Governance Fellowship is the best choice to help governing board members prepare to perform their vital responsibilities. Each of the sessions are led by experts in governance with a healthcare background. Content areas include governance considerations due to changes incited by the pandemic; the financial, patient safety and quality risks for allowing disparities to continue; the interdependence of physician, executive and board leadership in improving health and patient experience; and how to create a framework to build resiliency and reduce burnout. Fellows will meet in person four times a year and meet virtually between those sessions.

Applications are due June 30 for the 2021-2022 Excellence in Governance Fellowship, which will be held from October 2021 through June 2022. Space is limited for this class. To further explore this one-of-a-kind offering, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Governance Fellowship Cultivates Board Member Skills

Governance Fellowship Applications

MHA Excellence in Governance FellowshipSo much is changing frequently in healthcare that leadership and governing board members must rely on preparation and cultivated strategic skills to react to disrupting forces. The COVID-19 pandemic is the ultimate example of this. Are your governing board members prepared to ask the questions that get at the deeper nature of change? Will they be able to shift from the mindset of being a hospital board member to the understanding they are responsible for an integrated healthcare delivery system with a significant role in health and safety?

Over the last decade, more than 180 board members from across Michigan have completed the MHA Excellence in Governance Fellowship, considering it the best choice to help them prepare to perform their vital responsibilities. The MHA Excellence in Governance Fellowship is a comprehensive offering that focuses on four pillars of governance: principles of effective governance, improving quality and patient safety, building collaborative medical staff partnerships, and building strong relationships with the community and stakeholders. Each of the sessions are led by experts in governance with a healthcare background. Fellows will meet in person four times a year and meet virtually in between.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021-2022 Excellence in Governance Fellowship, which will be held from October 2021 through June 2022. Space is limited for this class. To further explore this one-of-a-kind offering, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Governance Leadership Required in Unpredictable Times

Governance Fellowship Applications

MHA Excellence in Governance FellowshipDuring these unprecedented, unpredictable times, governing boards at healthcare organizations are wondering what steps they should take now to prepare for the future. They are evaluating how they can best serve their organizations and communities through crisis to recovery.

The MHA Excellence in Governance Fellowship will give trustees information and tools to become strategic leaders and excel in their governance responsibilities. The fellowship is a rigorous and comprehensive program focused on four strategic areas: principles of effective governance, improving quality and patient safety, building collaborative medical staff partnerships, and building strong relationships with the community and stakeholders. Each of the sessions are led by experts in governance with a healthcare background. Fellows will meet in person four times a year at the MHA headquarters in Okemos. The in-person sessions are augmented by virtual sessions held in the months when fellows are not meeting in person.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021-2022 Excellence in Governance Fellowship, which will be held from October 2021 through June 2022. Space is limited for this class. To further explore this one-of-a-kind offering, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Excellence in Governance Fellowship Prepares Trustees to Lead

Governance Fellowship Applications

Providers faced significant healthcare access, coverage, affordability and equity challenges before the pandemic, which subsequently have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Governing boards need to envision a different future increasingly based on innovation, collaboration and technology. Because of the unified voice of the MHA and Michigan hospitals, the MHA is the best choice to help prepare board members to excel in performing their responsibilities.

The fellowship is a rigorous and comprehensive program delivering tools and knowledge in four strategic areas: principles of effective governance, improving quality and patient safety, building collaborative medical staff partnerships, and building strong relationships with the community and stakeholders. Each of the sessions is led by experts in governance with a healthcare background. Fellows will meet in person four times a year at the MHA headquarters in Okemos. The in-person sessions are augmented by virtual sessions held in the months when fellows are not meeting in person. This format is designed to increase board members’ ability to fit this valuable learning into their busy schedules.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021-2022 Excellence in Governance Fellowship, which will be held from October 2021 through June 2022. Space is limited for this class. To further explore this one-of-a-kind offering, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Feb. 24, 2020

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CON Bills, Other Healthcare Issues Taken Up by Michigan Legislature

Michigan Capitol BuildingThe Michigan Legislature recently dealt with legislation that would impact hospitals and healthcare in the state, including proposals to reform and repeal Michigan’s Certificate of Need (CON) program. The Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee, chaired by … 


Proposed Pharmacy Carve-out Policy Dropped by MDHHS 

A proposed policy that would have had a significant impact on the 340B prescription drug program for hospitals in Michigan has been dropped by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The proposal would have carved  … 


Excellence in Governance Fellowship Prepares Trustees to Lead

Excellence in Governance FellowshipHospital and health system leaders continue to revolutionize their organizations in many ways to better serve patients, attract physicians and achieve success in a challenging environment. This includes growing outpatient strategies and striving for a diverse …


Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Calls Reach Halfway Point

Workplace Safety CollaborativeFeb. 12 marked the halfway point for the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative’s Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Collaboration calls, which began Oct. 9 and will occur bimonthly through Aug. 12. The series provides support for the implementation …


MHA Endorsed Business PartnerEndorsed Business Partner Webinar Series Outlined Member Benefits

The MHA recently hosted a series of webinars highlighting the cutting-edge and cost-effective solutions available to Michigan hospitals through its Endorsed Business Partner program. The program launched in 2018 to assist hospitals as they work to avoid unnecessary costs …


The Keckley Report

Paul KeckleyMedical Education Step 1 Change is a Small Step in the Right Direction
“[T]he U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) announced a major policy change: the compulsory exam known as Step 1 would cease to be reported with a three-digit score but instead become pass/fail as early as 2022. That’s big news for America’s 92,758 medical students in America’s 192 Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy.”

Paul Keckley, Feb. 17, 2020


News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Feb. 24:

  • Learning Webinar 2 of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Innovation Improvement Network Falls Improvement Sprint webinar will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday.
     
  • Learning Webinar 2 of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Innovation Improvement Network Readmissions Improvement Sprint will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday.
     
  • MHA Breakthrough will take place from 1 p.m. Thursday to 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City.

Laura Appel, MHAMHA in the News

Read recent coverage about the MHA, including an article from MiBiz that reviews Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s call to incorporate elements of the federal Affordable Care Act into state law and features comments from Laura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer, MHA.

Excellence in Governance Fellowship Prepares Trustees to Lead

Governance Fellowship Applications

Hospital and health system leaders continue to revolutionize their organizations in many ways to better serve patients, attract physicians and achieve success in a challenging environment. This includes growing outpatient strategies and striving for a diverse workforce to meet rising expectations of a multicultural/multigenerational demographic. With its Excellence in Governance Fellowship, the MHA offers the best choice to help prepare board members to excel in performing their vital responsibilities as healthcare organizations navigate this time of change. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020 – 2021 class, which will be held from October 2020 through June 2021.

The fellowship is a rigorous and comprehensive program delivering tools and knowledge in four strategic areas: principles of effective governance, improving quality and patient safety, building collaborative medical staff partnerships, and building strong relationships with the community and stakeholders. Each of the sessions are led by experts in governance with a healthcare background. Fellows meet in person four times a year at MHA headquarters in Okemos and participate in virtual sessions held in the months when fellows are not meeting in person. This format is designed to give board members a greater opportunity to fit this valuable learning into their busy schedules.

Now entering its 18th year, graduates of the fellowship give it high praise. To further explore this one-of-a-kind offering, contact Erin Steward.