MHA Monday Report Oct. 19, 2020

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Oct. 12

The MHA is keeping members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting Michigan hospitals through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. …


Legislature Works to Replace Executive Orders

The Michigan Legislature was busy during the week of Oct. 12, voting on several important issues that impact hospitals. Some of the most notable pieces of legislation included bills to provide limited immunity to businesses and health facilities for their work during the peak pandemic  …


MHA Provides Guidance on Hospital Bedside Voting

As the Nov. 3 election approaches, the MHA is reminding hospitals that voters may make an “emergency” request for an absentee ballot if he or she cannot attend the polls because of personal disablement …


Association Mourns Bill Jackson

Bill Jackson, who was senior vice president and chief financial officer at the MHA from 2013 until his recent retirement, passed away Oct. 10 following a year-long battle with cancer. The former CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital …


Michigan Harvest Gathering Virtual Kickoff is Oct. 20

The 2020 Michigan Harvest Gathering will virtually kick off at 10 a.m. ET Oct. 20 through a Facebook Live event on the Food Bank Council of Michigan's page. The 30-minute virtual event will include remarks by MHA CEO Brian Peters; Phillip Knight, PhD, executive …


Participate in Updating Michigan’s Health IT Roadmap

The Michigan Health Information Technology (IT) Commission and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services  have begun developing a Statewide Five-Year Health IT Roadmap, which will be a guide for future planning, investments and governance of health …

MHASC Board and HR Committee Address 2020-2021 MHA Action Plan Priorities

The MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) Board of Directors held a virtual strategic planning retreat Oct. 13 to assess and further develop programs and services to support key initiatives in the 2020-2021 MHA Action Plan. MHASC-specific goals outlined in the …


MHA Joins Public Health Officials in Urging Residents to Prevent COVID-19 and Flu

The MHA joined the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Association for Local Public Health at a press conference Oct. 13 to provide COVID-19 data updates and urge …


Michigan Birthing Hospitals Discuss Obstetric Hemorrhage and Severe Hypertension

The MHA Keystone Center and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launched five interactive maternal health safety sessions from June through September 2020. The safety sessions were held virtually for birthing hospitals across various …


Celebrate Infection Preventionists During International Infection Prevention Week

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), established in 1986 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, shines a light on infection prevention annually. This year, IIPW is celebrated Oct. 18 through 24. …


New Guide to Hospital Partnerships Available to MHA Members

MHA Endorsed Business Partner Juniper Advisory has released a book providing a start-to-finish look at what it takes to create a successful hospital partnership. The book, “A Healthcare Leader’s Guide to Successful Mergers & Acquisitions,” includes articles from Juniper …


The Keckley Report

What the K Recovery Means for Healthcare

“There’s growing evidence that the U.S. economic recovery will be a K recovery: a bi-directional response to the pandemic that will produce winners and losers. And the implication is profound in healthcare.”

Paul Keckley. Oct. 12, 2020


MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Supreme Court

The MHA Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races for Election 2020. 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.

Celebrate Infection Preventionists During International Infection Prevention Week

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), established in 1986 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), shines a light on infection prevention annually. This year, IIPW is celebrated Oct. 18 through 24.

Infection prevention and control has always been an important part of public health and safety. But as the global fight against COVID-19 continues, the world’s communities are reminded just how important infection preventionists are in keeping communities safe. That is why this year’s IIPW theme is We Love Our IPs.

The MHA Keystone Center has a long history of partnering with hospitals to confront infection, collaborating with other states and national coalitions to ensure hospital-acquired infection becomes a rare occurrence. The hospital associations in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin partnered to form the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (GLPP HIIN). Alongside the associations’ members, the GLPP HIIN recently completed its work and made significant strides in the fight against infection. The MHA Keystone Center continues these efforts and joins members as they combat the pandemic.

Providers can celebrate IIPW in several ways:

  • Sharing the APIC’s COVID-19 factsheets with patients and families.
  • Printing and distributing copies of the APIC’s vaccine-related infographics.
  • Participating in the @APIC Twitter chat (#IIPWChat) at noon Oct. 20.
  • Expressing gratitude to an infection preventionist for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Visiting the MHA Community site for additional resources and post infection prevention-related questions.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

MHA Monday Report July 27, 2020

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of July 20

As the threat posed by COVID-19 rises across the country, the MHA continues to keep members apprised of developments affecting Michigan hospitals during the pandemic through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus …


State Legislature Considers Healthcare-related Bills​

The Michigan Legislature addressed several issues that are important to MHA members during the week of July 20, including a final budget adjustment for fiscal year (FY) 2020, a bill to prohibit the transfer of COVID-19-positive patients to …


MHA Keystone Center Releases Health Equity Guide to Provide Guidance on Eliminating Health Disparities

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center July 22 released a new guide, Eliminating Disparities to Advance Health Equity and Improve Quality, designed to provide practical guidance for healthcare organizations seeking to eliminate disparities in care to advance …


OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group Employee Receives Annual 2019 Speak-up! Award, Celebrates Safe Culture

Dale Werner, RTR, at OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, Escanaba, received the MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award for fourth quarter of 2019 and was also …


Community Benefits Survey Will Not Be Conducted for Fiscal Year 2019 Data​

Due to the extraordinary challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MHA will not collect data through the fiscal year 2019 Community Benefits Survey. The association feels that conducting the survey would create an unnecessary burden …


Improve Quality and Safety by Completing Infection Prevention Boot Camp Series

The Infection Prevention Boot Camp webinar series gives healthcare staff a thorough understanding of how to create and lead a comprehensive infection prevention and control plan across units and disciplines. Credentialed, expert faculty …


Data Refresh Scheduled for Quality Transparency Site, VerifyMICare.org

Since the successful launch of the MHA’s hospital quality transparency website, VerifyMICare.org, the association has worked with member hospitals to improve the design and data presented to visitors. …


Webinars Explore COVID-19 Racial Disparities and Unconscious Bias

The MHA webinar series Leadership and Resiliency: Navigating Through and Beyond COVID-19 explores several mission-critical leadership qualities that leaders need to help traverse this difficult time. The final three webinars in the series are scheduled from …


Member Forum to Address How Michigan and Healthcare Fit into 2020 Election

Political candidates’ positions on healthcare are critical as the COVID-19 epidemic sweeps the U.S. To help members better understand their role in the 2020 election, the MHA will host a virtual member forum on the 2020 election and politics from 11 a.m. to noon EDT Sept. 23. …


Medicare Advantage Enrollment Continues to Rise

Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment in Michigan totaled approximately 1,003,000 in July, an increase of 9,000 beneficiaries since April. The July MA enrollment is spread across 43 MA plans that are currently operating in the state, with approximately …


The Keckley Report

Is Medicare Advantage Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem

“Medicare Advantage (MA) has been an option for seniors since 2003. By all accounts, it’s doing well …

“Is MA the solution to the future for Medicare and a template for improving the effectiveness of the health system? Maybe, but it’s not without challenges that require attention from its proponents.”

Paul Keckley, July 20, 2020


MHA in the News

Read recent coverage about the MHA, including articles from MiBiz on implicit bias training and from Healthcare IT News on issues related to data being reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Improve Quality and Safety by Completing Infection Prevention Boot Camp Series

The Infection Prevention Boot Camp webinar series gives healthcare staff a thorough understanding of how to create and lead a comprehensive infection prevention and control plan across units and disciplines. Credentialed, expert faculty will detail critical quality and safety processes and measures through six webinar sessions, held from 2 to 4 p.m. EDT each Thursday from Aug. 13 through Sept. 17.

Each two-hour webinar focuses on specific content that infection preventionists must know to prevent and control infections. Topics include the role and core competencies of the infection preventionist, the infection prevention and control requirements of various regulatory bodies, how to develop an infection control risk assessment and infection prevention plan, how to evaluate an infection prevention program, the elements of an effective surveillance program, and the prevention and treatment of specific infections.

The registration fee for the six-session boot camp is $600 per line for MHA members and $700 per line for non-MHA members. Register online or contact Erica Leyko at the MHA for more information.

MHA Monday Report July 13, 2020

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of July 6

During a July 9 news conference, the governor and her team commented on the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state. Many Michigan residents have seemingly relaxed their attitudes toward physical distancing and wearing masks …


State Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Deal Reached

On June 29, Governor Whitmer and legislative leaders announced an agreement to resolve the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget deficit. The deal uses a combination of funding from the state Budget Stabilization Fund, federal Coronavirus  …


Webinars Help C-suite, Governance Leaders Make Decisions During Pandemic​

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the MHA is hosting two webinars in July to assist healthcare leaders in planning for continued/future outbreaks and ensuring safe, evidence-based care for coronavirus patients. …


Next Maternal Health Webinar and Safety Sessions Geared Toward Northern Michigan

Improving the health of mothers and infants is a priority for the MHA Keystone Center and the state of Michigan, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shared in her State of the State address earlier this year. …


Medicaid Psych Collaborative Care Model Final Policy Released, Effective Aug. 1

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released a final policy to establish Medicaid program coverage conditions and requirements for the Psychiatric Collaborative Care Model effective for dates of service on and after …


CEO Report – Advancing Health Equity

In this month's CEO Report, MHA CEO Brian Peters focuses on eliminating health disparities to advance health equity and improve quality in communities. 

Webinars Explore COVID-19 Financial Impact and Racial Disparities

The MHA webinar series Leadership and Resiliency: Navigating Through and Beyond COVID-19 explores several mission-critical leadership qualities leaders need to help traverse this difficult time. The remaining four webinars will cover different topics …


Infection Prevention Boot Camp Series Enhances Quality and Safety

The Infection Prevention Boot Camp webinar series gives healthcare staff a thorough understanding of how to create and lead a comprehensive infection prevention and control plan across units and disciplines. Credentialed, expert faculty will detail critical


Trustee Insights Edition Outlines COVID-19 Governance Resources

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association, is now available. This month’s resources include articles focused on the coronavirus, including the board’s role in …


Facebook Live Series Offers Evidence-based Smoking Cessation Methods

Approximately 34 million American adults smoke combustible cigarettes, but 68% have said they want to quit. The need to quit has become even more critical as research begins to show a higher risk of poor outcomes in COVID-19 patients who smoke. …


The Keckley Report

Is Gilead’s Price for Remdesivir Fair?

“Last week, Gilead Sciences announced pricing for its breakthrough Covid-19 drug remdesivir …  approved by the FDA for emergency use in May. The company announced it will charge $2,340 for a typical course of treatment for people covered by government health programs (Indian Health Service, Veterans Health, and others) and $3,120 for U.S. patients with private insurance.

“The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) … said that remdesivir would be cost-effective at as much as $5,080 per treatment course.”

Paul Keckley, July 6, 2020


News to Know

Important healthcare news for the week of July 13:

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched an online portal where community organizations can request free naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses and saves lives.
  • The Bureau of Professional Licensing within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has delayed Phase 3 of the transition to the online licensing and regulatory database for health and occupational professionals, called the Michigan Professional Licensing User System.

MHA in the News

Read recent coverage about the MHA, including a joint op-ed published in the Detroit News on vaccinations from the Partnership for Michigan’s Health, comprised of the MHA, the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Osteopathic Association.

Infection Prevention Boot Camp Series Enhances Quality and Safety

The Infection Prevention Boot Camp webinar series gives healthcare staff a thorough understanding of how to create and lead a comprehensive infection prevention and control plan across units and disciplines. Credentialed, expert faculty will detail critical quality and safety processes and measures from 2 to 4 p.m. ET each Thursday, beginning Aug. 13 and concluding Sept. 17.

The Aug. 13 webinar will outline the role and core competencies of the infection preventionist, the infection prevention and control requirements of various regulatory bodies, how to develop an infection control risk assessment and infection prevention plan, and how to evaluate an infection prevention program.

On Aug. 20, participants will learn about the chain of infection, the difference between incidence and prevalence, the types of epidemiological studies and the elements of an effective surveillance program.

MHA members can register for $600 per line and non-MHA members will pay $700 per line for the six-session boot camp. Members may register online or contact Erica Leyko at the MHA for more information.

MHA Monday Report June 15, 2020

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of June 8

The MHA continues to keep members apprised of developments during the COVID-19 pandemic through regular email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. Important updates on how the pandemic is affecting Michigan hospitals are outlined …


Telehealth Bills Move to Governor’s Desk​

The Michigan Senate voted unanimously June 4 to support a package of bills that would expand opportunities for providers to receive Medicaid payment for telehealth services. House Bills 5412 through 5416 were previously passed in the House of Representatives and …


Joint Commission Offers June 18 Webinar to Prepare Hospitals for Resumed Surveys

The Joint Commission is planning to restart its on-site survey process, which will have minor changes as it employs physical distancing practices to ensure the safety of all parties. …


Final Medicaid Policies Affect Outpatient, Neonatal Intensive Care Services

The Medical Services Administration recently released two final policies that impact hospital Medicaid payments. One relates to the rural access pool and the other updates payment to hospitals with approved neonatal intensive care units. …


Webinars Explore Resilience and Transparency During COVID-19 Pandemic

The MHA webinar series Leadership and Resiliency: Navigating Through and Beyond COVID-19, explores several mission-critical leadership qualities leaders need to help traverse this difficult time. The series studies six topics over the next several weeks; each session will be held from …


National Safety Month Focuses on Building Safety Culture

June is National Safety Month, recognized annually by the National Safety Council as a time to focus on saving lives and preventing injuries, both in the workplace and at home. One emphasis of this year’s National Safety Month is building a safety culture, which is a major focus for the MHA Keystone Center as it strives to help …


Infection Prevention Boot Camp Series Enhances Quality and Safety

The MHA is hosting a six-session Infection Prevention Boot Camp webinar series to provide hospital staff with a thorough understanding of how to create and lead a comprehensive infection prevention and control plan across units and disciplines. Each Thursday from …


The Keckley Report

Charity Care: Do For-profit Hospitals Do Their Fair Share?​

“A new study in Economic Inquiry compared changes in levels of charity care provided by for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals in the context of consolidation and competition. …

“Nonetheless, the study’s likely to prompt attention from policymakers about charity care in the context of hospital competition and consolidation.”

Paul Keckley, June 8, 2020