First Legislative Policy Panel Meeting of 2023

Bill Wortz and Frank Foster of Public Affairs Associates present to the Legislative Policy Panel.

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened Jan. 25 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.

The meeting was highlighted by a presentation from MHA multi-client lobbying firm Public Affairs Associates on the new political landscape in Michigan. Managing Partner Bill Wortz and Partner Frank Foster recapped the recent election results, reviewed new legislative leadership and focused on the priorities of Democrats, who hold majorities in each chamber of the Michigan Legislature for the first time since 1984.

Moving to action items, the panel recommended the MHA support legislation to strengthen the Healthy Michigan Plan and remove provisions that are ineffective, administratively burdensome or create risk to the long-term viability of the program. The panel also recommended the MHA develop legislation to enable hospitals to bill and receive reimbursement for healthcare and other services provided to psychiatric patients awaiting behavioral health services.

In addition, the panel discussed Senate Bill 28, which seeks to enhance the definitions of and limit the use of seclusion and restraint, which was introduced by Sen. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing).

The panel received updates on other issues including a federal update from federal lobbyist Carlos Jackson with Cornerstone Government Affairs, state budget negotiations and a recap of last year’s lame-duck session.

For more information on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Oct. 17, 2022

MHA Monday Report

Legislative Policy Panel Convenes for Program Year

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened Oct. 12 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals …


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MHA Keystone Center Presents Annual Health Equity Summit

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ED MOUD Funding Available – Applications Due Dec. 16

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Webinar Prepares for The Joint Commission and CMS Health Equity Requirements

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MHA Podcast Explores Program Year Priorities with Michigan Medicine

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MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Supreme Court

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The Keckley Report

Paul KeckleyIs the Honeymoon Over for Medicare Advantage?

“The bottom line: in the next 2-3 years, regulatory scrutiny of Medicare Advantage will increase and funding by Medicare will decrease. Congress will press for a clear correlation between Medicare’s solvency and MA cost-savings. Thus, it’s likely Medicare Advantage plans will charge higher premiums, limit benefits, intensify medical management activities, share more financial risk with high-performing provider organizations and offer services to new populations. Their margins will shrink, access to capital and enrollment growth will be imperatives, and innovation in holistic cost-effective care management and affordability key differentiators.”

Paul Keckley, Oct. 10, 2022


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

  • The last day to register online to vote in the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 24, 2022.
  • 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.

Legislative Policy Panel Convenes for Program Year

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened Oct. 12 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.

The meeting was highlighted by a presentation from Ruthanne Sudderth, senior vice president, public affairs and communications, MHA, on a storytelling campaign advocating for funding solutions to the financial challenges facing MHA members. Sudderth described the objectives of the campaign, strategies that will be utilized and ways members can get involved. The campaign is a direct result of an MHA Board directive from the strategic action plan.

The panel also held a discussion on Certificate of Need in relation to pediatric psychiatric beds in Michigan and potential measures to improve access to care and patient experience. An additional portion of the meeting was dedicated towards reviewing challenges associated with placing patients in post-acute care settings and potential legislative options to assist hospitals.

Regarding an action item, the panel recommended the MHA support proposed state legislation to expand the swing bed program.

The panel received updates on other issues at the state level, including a preview of the upcoming lame-duck session, the November election and the 340B drug pricing program.

For more information on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

Jase Bolger Addresses Legislative Policy Panel

Former State House Speaker Jase Bolger addresses members of the MHA Legislative Policy Panel.

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened May 25 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.

The meeting was highlighted by a presentation from former State House Speaker Jase Bolger on the Michigan Legislative Term Limits and Financial Disclosure Amendment, which is on the November ballot as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment. The initiative is a bipartisan effort that would change Michigan’s term limits and require financial disclosure from lawmakers. The proposed constitutional amendment would change term limits for state legislators from three two-year terms in the state House and two four-year terms in the state Senate to 12 combined years in the Legislature. It would also require state legislative and executive officials to file annual financial disclosure reports on their income, assets, liabilities, gifts from lobbyists, positions held in certain organizations and agreements on future employment.

Moving to action items, the panel recommended supporting Senate Bill (SB) 680, which would create a new section of the public health code to license and regulate supplemental nursing services agencies. The panel also recommended the MHA remain neutral on SB 812 that would create a registry of certain types of specialized laboratories in Michigan. Lastly, the panel recommended the MHA support House Bill 5477, which would establish kratom as a Schedule II substance and regulate the sale and distribution of the product.

In addition, the panel received updates on other issues at the state level, including the state fiscal year 2023 budget and potential legislation on the 340B drug pricing program.

For more information on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

State Senators Address Legislative Policy Panel

Sen. Jim Ananich

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened virtually March 23 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.

Sen. Aric Nesbitt
Sen. Aric Nesbitt
Sen. Jim Ananich
Sen. Jim Ananich

The meeting was highlighted by separate presentations from Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint). The senators provided redistricting and political updates representing their respective political parties. With 2022 being an election year in Michigan, each senator discussed top issues for voters, including inflation and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moving to action items, the panel recommended supporting Senate Bill (SB) 680, which would give advance practice nurses that meet specific criteria full practice authority in Michigan. The panel also recommended the MHA support planned legislation that would modify requirements and reimbursement for mental health-related services at acute care hospitals. Lastly, the panel recommended the MHA support SB 811, which would allow for an extension of the temporary licensure period for speech language pathologists.

In addition, the panel received updates on issues at the state level, including the state fiscal year 2023 budget and efforts to reform the auto no-fault insurance law in Michigan. The state budget update included information on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive budget proposal presentation, signed healthcare workforce funding and a behavioral health supplemental funding bill. A presentation on the MHA Legislative Action Center was also provided, including information on how MHA members can use the tool to meet their own advocacy campaign goals. MHA CEO Brian Peters addressed the panel as well, reviewing progress made toward the MHA strategic action plan and accomplishments achieved at the state and federal levels.

For more information on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Jan. 24, 2022

MHA Monday Report

MICNP and MSMS Address Legislative Policy Panel

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Grants Awarded to Address Substance Use Disorder in Upper Peninsula

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Register Now for Jan. 28 Workplace Violence Response Training

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Virtual Breakthrough

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Nominations Open Through Feb. 18 for MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award

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Member Forum to Examine MHA Strategic Action Plan

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Trustees Strategic Planning Webinar and New AHA Trustee Insights Available

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News to Know

  • The MHA will host a free Lunch and Learn webinar from noon to 12:45 p.m. ET Feb. 1 to provide an update on the latest labor market trends and leading practices to attract and keep valuable employees.
  • DataGen hosted a national webinar Jan. 19 to review the 2022 Medicare fee-for-service outpatient prospective payment system final rule and hospital impact analysis. A recording from the webinar is available online.

MHA in the News

WXYZ Detroit interviewed MHA CEO Brian Peters Jan. 19 to discuss the impact the COVID-19 surge is having on health systems statewide.


MICNP and MSMS Address Legislative Policy Panel

Denise Hershey, PhD, FNP-BC, president of the MICNP.

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened Jan. 19 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.

The meeting was highlighted by presentations from representatives of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) and the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) on Senate Bill 680, which addresses the practice authority for nurse practitioners. Denise Hershey, PhD, FNP-BC, president of the MICNP, and Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, MHS, executive vice president for health services at Michigan State University, addressed the panel in support of the bill, which would allow for a nurse practitioner to have full practice authority, including prescribing controlled substances. Pino Colone, MD, president of MSMS, and Paul Bozyk, MD, vice chair of MSMS, provided opposing views to the legislation. No formal action was taken on the issue following the presentations. The panel will be gathering more information and the topic will be on the next meeting agenda in March.

Pino Colone, MD, president of MSMS.

Moving to action items, the panel recommended to oppose House Bill 5414 and any future legislation that mandates additional, ongoing continuing medical education hours for physicians in Michigan.

Lastly, the panel received updates on issues at the state level, including an update on state budget supplemental negotiations that can benefit workforce sustainability and behavioral health priorities, as well as the state 2023 fiscal year budget. An additional update was shared on recently passed legislation that provides a provider licensure exemption during an epidemic-related workforce shortage. MHA CEO Brian Peters also addressed the panel, sharing a variety of ongoing activities from the MHA and the multiple service areas operating throughout the association.

For more information on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

House Appropriations Chair Albert Addresses MHA Legislative Policy Panel

Thomas Albert
Thomas Albert
House Appropriations Chair Thomas Albert (R-Lowell)

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened Oct. 6 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.

The meeting was highlighted by a presentation from House Appropriations Chair Thomas Albert (R-Lowell), who reviewed the recently completed fiscal year 2022 state budget and provided an update on negotiations surrounding the supplemental budget appropriations process. There is nearly $11 billion in state and federal funding still available to be appropriated. Additional issues discussed by Albert included healthcare workforce sustainability and behavioral health.

Moving to action items, the panel recommended that the MHA support planned legislation that would allow family members to make healthcare decisions for incapacitated patients. The panel also discussed ongoing workforce staffing challenges and explored potential solutions.

Lastly, the panel received updates on issues at the state and federal levels, including a summary of recently secured state funds for hospitals, workforce sustainability, COVID-19 vaccination requirements and behavioral health.

For more information on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

State Budget Director Massaron Addresses MHA Legislative Policy Panel

Dave Massaron

Dave Massaron, State Budget DirectorThe MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened May 19 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.

The meeting was highlighted by a presentation from State Budget Director Dave Massaron, who reviewed the fiscal year 2022 executive budget recommendation and provided an update on the recently passed legislative budget proposals. Massaron also discussed the American Rescue Plan and efforts to address deficiencies in state health infrastructure in the areas of public health, healthcare access, facilities and behavioral health.

Moving to action items, the panel recommended that the MHA support planned legislation around pharmacy concerns related to patient safety, as well as planned legislation that would provide licensure as a dietitian or nutritionist.

The panel also received updates on issues at the state level, including behavioral health, COVID-19 vaccinations and certificate of need.

For more information on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.