MHA Service Corporation Board Celebrates Partnerships and Successes

At its June 29 meeting, the MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) board focused on supporting MHA Strategic Action Plan priorities to address workforce challenges, behavioral health improvements, redesigning care, insurance market solutions and more. The board considered strategies to leverage partnerships and meet the pressing needs of MHA members with short- and long-term solutions.

The board was joined by Alex Herbison, vice president, AMN Leadership Solutions, for an overview of services offered through B.E. Smith and AMN Language Services, which include executive recruitment, interpretation services and more. These companies are among those being considered as new Endorsed Business Partners in the coming weeks.

The board celebrated the “2022 Outstanding Performance” award given to the MHA Unemployment Compensation Program (MHA-UCP) by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. This award recognizes the MHA-UCP’s timeliness and thoroughness in responses to new unemployment claims. More importantly, the award reflects the MHA-UCP’s commitment to reducing its clients’ unemployment liability exposure and its efforts to prevent unemployment fraud.

The MHASC board recognized Gwen MacKenzie, senior advisor, McKinsey and Company, for her leadership as the inaugural chair and expressed appreciation for her strategic and thoughtful guidance through the pandemic. The board also recognized incoming chair Kent Riddle, CEO, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Grand Rapids, and appointed incoming vice-chair, Bill Manns, CEO, Bronson Healthcare Group, Kalamazoo, and wished them well in their leadership roles. Mackenzie was reappointed to a three-year term on the MHASC board.

The MHASC provides critical support to the MHA in the form of nondues revenue through its Data Services, Unemployment Compensation Program and Endorsed Business Partner program to address workforce, financial and other business needs. Visit the MHA Business Services webpage to learn more about resources available. Questions regarding the MHASC Board should be directed to Peter Schonfeld at the MHA.

MHA Service Corporation Board, HR Committee Address MHA Action Plan Priorities

At its June 23 meeting, the MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) board evaluated nondues revenue sources that provide financial support to the MHA. The board discussed progress on action plan priorities, telehealth strategies, multistate opportunities, developing investment guidelines and emerging business partners for consideration. The board also recognized the MHA Data Services and MHA Unemployment Compensation divisions for serving MHA members with a comprehensive and consultative approach throughout the pandemic.

The MHASC board welcomed Saju George, regional CEO, Prime Healthcare Michigan Market, as a newly appointed member, approved by the MHA Board of Trustees at its June 23 meeting. The board also appointed Kent Riddle, CEO, Mary Free Bed Hospital, as vice-chair of the board. Finally, the board recognized Lindsey Peters of Eaton Rapids for her service on the board and welcomed her as senior director of field engagement at the MHA.

CommerceHealthcare presented a report highlighting its 10-year partnership with the MHASC. It has facilitated over $2.2 billion in supplier revenue that has generated payments for hospitals and health systems in Michigan, equating to a $22.6 million impact to Michigan hospitals in the past decade. CommerceHealthcare offers several services for MHA members to consider that address accounts payable, receivables management, patient financing and investments. CommerceHealthcare sponsored a joint lunch with the MHA and MHASC boards the day of their meetings.

The MHASC Human Resources (HR) Committee met June 8 to discuss current HR leadership priorities and review its role in guiding the purpose and direction for MHASC efforts to address workforce resources, education, data, staff development and more. The committee addressed priorities including vaccination policies; staffing shortages; and diversity, equity and inclusion. The HR Committee has served as a collaborative body for HR leaders to address issues specific to the COVID-19 pandemic response. Finally, the committee received an update on the newly formed MHA Human Resources Council as a resource for healthcare professionals.

The MHASC provides critical support to the MHA in the form of nondues revenue through its Data Services, Unemployment Compensation Program and Endorsed Business Partner program to address workforce, financial and other business needs. Additional information on available resources is available on the MHA Business Services webpage. Questions regarding the MHASC board and HR Committee should be directed to Peter Schonfeld at the MHA.