MHA Monday Report May 29, 2023

MHA Monday Report

Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists Address Legislative Policy Panel

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened May 24 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals. The meeting was highlighted by a presentation on potential state licensure of …

Bcapitol buildingills on Healthy Michigan Plan Improvements and Tax Credit for Clinical Preceptors See Action

Action was taken the week of May 22 on a variety of bills that would make improvements to the Healthy Michigan Plan, require adult changing tables be included in future construction or renovation projects and …

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Governor Signs Red Flag Laws

Legislation to create Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) was signed by Gov. Whitmer May 22. These new public acts allow for certain individuals, including healthcare providers, to file an ERPO if a person is a …

MHA Continues Work Towards Chemotherapy Drug Shortage

The MHA has been in frequent contact with members of the Michigan Congressional delegation since the association was made aware of shortages of the chemotherapy drugs carboplatin and cisplatin. Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-Ann Arbor) and …

Licensing and Regulatory Updates

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs recently published updated rules related to hospitals. Those updates include the following: Final EMS Life Support Agencies and Medical Control Rule The final rule, effective May …

CMS Releases Medicare Wage Index Information

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the timetable and preliminary hospital data that will be used to develop the Medicare wage index for fiscal year 2025, which begins Oct. 1, …

MHA Enrollment Data Analysis Expansion

The MHA recently expanded its analysis of enrollment data to reflect Medicare and Medicaid enrollment as a percentage of each county’s total population and the split for Medicare and Medicaid between fee-for-service and managed care …

MHA Keystone Center Cohosting Caregiver Navigation Roundtable

The MHA Keystone Center is partnering with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and RUSH University Medical Center to host a virtual roundtable from 10 to 11:15 a.m. June 21 on implementing caregiver navigation programs in …

Person and Family Engagement Leaders Explore PFE Roadmap

Approximately 80 leaders responsible for quality, safety and patient experience and patient care participated in an MHA webinar to review the newly released MHA Person & Family Engagement (PFE) Roadmap, which includes recommended policies to re-engage …

2023 Ludwig Nominee: Hurley Patient Advocate Seeks to Address Barriers to Care

Since 1990, the MHA has honored member healthcare organizations working to enrich the overall welfare of their local communities through the Ludwig Community Benefit Award. This year, the MHA is excited to showcase all award nominees, …

The Keckley Report

Paul KeckleySocial Determinants of Health: Lots of Talk, Modest Results

“For healthcare, this divergence of views is problematic the proposed debt ceiling compromise includes reducing SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), imposing work requirements for “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients and cutting community health centers budgets—all hit low-income and underserved populations hardest. In these populations, social determinants of health (SDOH) i.e., food insecurity, unsafe/unhealthy housing, inadequate transportation et al play a central role in their health and its costs, but not much is done. …

Abundant health services research points to one conclusion: the inadequacy of solutions to the nation’s burgeoning social issues aka ‘social determinants of health’ results in poorer health status and higher health costs. Disparities persist. Structural flaws and divergent views about public health have calcified its neglect. It’s’ a disconnect the health system is prompted to fix. …”

Paul Keckley, May 22, 2023

MHA CEO Brian Peters appears on the Michigan Business Beat.

MHA in the News

The MHA received media coverage the week of May 21 regarding the continued shortage of cancer drugs carboplatin and cisplatin and hospital workforce shortages. MHA representatives appearing in published stories include CEO Brian Peters, Executive …

Licensing and Regulatory Updates

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) recently published updated rules related to hospitals. Those updates include the following:

  • Final EMS Life Support Agencies and Medical Control Rule: The final rule, effective May 19, 2023, discontinues the Certificate of Need of air ambulance services and updates the medical care requirements for air ambulance services.
  • Final Center Fill Pharmacies Rule: The final rule, effective May 19, 2023, updates record timelines for keeping prescriptions on file and defining central fill and shared pharmacy services.
  • Draft Board of Nursing – General Rules: The latest Board of Nursing draft rules address the NCLEX examination, clarify nursing education program requirements and continuing education, and modify the nurse professional fund scholarship program requirements.

Members with questions should contact Renée Smiddy at the MHA.

Public Health Emergency Michigan Provider Licensing Guidance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is set to end the federal Public Health Emergency May 11. At that time, the special privileges and exemptions Michigan extended to licensed healthcare facilities and providers during the pandemic will be discontinued. Beginning May 12, all healthcare providers and health facilities operating in Michigan must have the appropriate license(s) and permit(s) required under Michigan and federal law.

Impacted by this notice are emergency certificate of need approvals granted to hospitals and health systems for additional licensed beds.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) expressed to the MHA a willingness to work with healthcare providers to minimize any interruptions in the delivery of care by healthcare providers and within their facilities.

LARA’s Bureau of Community and Health Systems (BCHS) issues state licenses for various health facilities, agencies and programs. The BCHS webpage contains information on how to apply for a State of Michigan health facility license or permit. Members with questions about health facility license may contact the BCHS.

LARA’s Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) issues state licenses for health professionals. The BPL webpage contains information on how to apply for a State of Michigan health professional license. Members with questions about health professional licensure may contact the BPL.

Members with further questions about licensure and the ending of the PHE may contact Laura Appel at the MHA.