MHA Monday Report Nov. 22, 2021

MHA Covid-19 updateCombating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Nov. 15

Michigan is once again among the states with the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the nation, with the New York Times reporting that Michigan and Minnesota lead the country in cases per capita. On Nov. 19, there were 3,424 adults hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, in addition to …


Out-of-state Licensure Provider Exemption to Expire Jan. 11

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has provided a 30-day notice that the out-of-state licensure provider exemption will no longer be in effect as of Jan. 11, 2022. The MHA worked with the state to develop this provision effective March 16, 2020, and to keep it in effect since …


Medicare Premiums and Deductibles Announced for 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that the Medicare Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $72 in calendar year  2022 to $1,556. The Part A daily coinsurance amounts …


Webinar Offered to Apprise Providers on Transgender Issues in Healthcare

Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals deal with many common fears that can be debilitating. Healthcare providers need to understand the obstacles that this population faces to improve medical care for their patients. The MHA Health Foundation Transgender Healthcare Dignity Model …


Prepare Now for March Application Period of State Loan Repayment Program

Applications for the 2022 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program will be accepted from March 7-11 through the File Transfer Application System. Providers should create an account in the system as soon as possible, but should not upload their MSLRP application documents before March 7. …


Trustee Insights Edition Highlights Workforce Trends

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association, is now available. This month’s issue includes a report on the latest forces and trends affecting healthcare human resources, including education, training and the evolving practice …


covidHeadline Roundup: Week of Nov. 15  for COVID-19 in Michigan

The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the growth in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, hospital capacity and healthcare workforce sustainability. …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

The KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey: An Accurate but Incomplete Picture

“Last Wednesday, Kaiser Family Foundation released its 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey—the 23rd in the series. …

“The KFF researchers note that changes in employer benefits participation are ‘unchanged’ but noticeable trends suggest changes ahead.”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 15, 2021


News to Know

  • The MHA Monday Report will not be published Nov. 29, but timely news will continue to be posted in the MHA Newsroom prior to publication of the Dec. 6 edition of Monday Report.
  • The MHA will offer a webinar on Unemployment Compensation and Vaccine Mandates at 10 a.m. EST Dec. 9.
  • The MHA will host a free webinar from noon to 12:45 p.m. EST Dec. 9 to review new requirements from The Joint Commission on workplace violence that take effect in January.

Prepare Now for March Application Period of State Loan Repayment Program

Applications for the 2022 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) will be accepted from March 7-11 through the File Transfer Application System. Providers should create an account in the system as soon as possible, but should not upload their MSLRP application documents before March 7.

The MSLRP assists employers in the recruitment and retention of medical, dental and mental health primary care providers who continue to demonstrate their commitment to building long-term primary care practices in underserved communities designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas. Those selected will receive up to $200,000 in tax-free funds to repay their educational debt over a period of up to eight years of participation. Priority will be given to applications from inpatient pediatric psychiatrists, providers working at practice sites in Genesee County, and obstetric service providers working in northern Michigan.

The review process has been updated for this application period. Providers and employers are strongly encouraged to read more about the review process in the Selection Criteria, Application Review and Final Phase Process section of the MSLRP website. For more information, contact Brittany Brookshire at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Governor Signs MHA-supported Trauma System Legislation

MHA staff members Sean Sorenson-Abbott (left) and Adam Carlson testified before the House Health Policy Committee Oct. 7.
MHA staff members Sean Sorenson-Abbott (left) and Adam Carlson testified before the House Health Policy Committee Oct. 7.
MHA staff members Sean Sorenson-Abbott (left) and Adam Carlson testified before the House Health Policy Committee Oct. 7.

A bill to fund the statewide trauma system was signed during the week of Oct. 4 and several bills impacting hospitals were taken up in the House and Senate health policy committees.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill (HB) 5094 into law Oct. 7, providing full funding for Michigan’s statewide trauma system. HB 5094 was introduced by Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township) and was supported by the MHA. The statewide trauma system is crucial for patient safety, especially during the ongoing pandemic.

In the House Health Policy Committee, the MHA provided testimony in support of two bills to expand the allowable use of the Essential Health Provider Loan Repayment Program. Senate Bills (SBs) 246 and 435 were introduced by Sens. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington) and Mike MacDonald (R-Macomb Township). The bills would expand the maximum allowable loan repayment from $200,000 to $300,000 for up to 10 years of service in a health resource shortage area, as well as allow for more mental health professionals to qualify. The MHA proposed two amendments to SB 435 that would extend the sunset on the interstate medical licensure compact and allow “midsize vital hospitals” to use the program. Midsize vital hospitals are smaller hospitals that provide 24/7 emergency care and key regional services in communities that require facilities with more than the 25 beds critical access hospitals are limited to.

The House Health Policy Committee voted on HB 5163, which was introduced by Rep. Angela Witwer (D-Delta Township) and would create an opt-out grant program for hospitals to establish medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders in their emergency departments. The committee reported the MHA-supported bill to the House floor, where discussion will continue.

The Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee voted on SB 579, a bill on MAT programs introduced by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington) that is identical to HB 5163. The bill will now be discussed on the Senate floor. The committee also took testimony on SBs 637 and 638, legislation that would establish a new behavioral health jail diversion program and a local mental health crisis response grant program.

Members with questions on state legislation affecting healthcare may contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.