CEO Report — Our Commitment to Safety and Quality

MHA Rounds Report - Brian Peters, MHA CEO

If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” — W. Edwards Deming

MHA Rounds Report - Brian Peters, MHA CEOThe last week has been an eventful and successful one for the MHA. The Michigan Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer came to an agreement on the state budget for the new fiscal year, which fully preserves all our hospital and healthcare funding priorities — needed more than ever as our hospitals continue to combat COVID-19 and deal with extraordinary staffing challenges. We were officially honored by Modern Healthcare with the Best Places to Work in Healthcare distinction. And finally, we received great news when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) announced a $5 million commitment through 2024 to support the MHA Keystone Center’s expanded quality and safety improvement programs. I would like to personally thank BCBSM CEO Dan Loepp for his support of this continued partnership, which is the right thing to do for all Michiganders.

Since its inception in 2003, the MHA Keystone Center has provided leadership and facilitation that has directly resulted in improved patient care and quality outcomes — in other words, we have demonstrably saved lives and saved healthcare dollars. No wonder that the MHA Keystone Center has earned both national and international acclaim.

Our first flagship initiative involved central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). Through that work, Michigan hospitals saw a 22% improvement in CLABSI rates. Initial BCBSM funding also supported work that saw a 31% improvement in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and a 5.9% improvement in venous thromboembolism.

Following our initial successes, the Great Lakes Partners for Patients (GLPP) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) was created, allowing us to collaborate with our colleagues in Illinois and Wisconsin. Our HIIN efforts from Sept. 2016 to March 2020 produced a total cost savings of nearly $293 million, saved 3,350 lives and avoided 25,204 incidents of harm among hospitalized patients.

The MHA is now one of eight organizations participating in the Superior Health Quality Alliance, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-contracted organization that seeks to improve the quality of health and healthcare through innovation, effectiveness and efficiency in designing and implementing CMS Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors initiatives that are person-centered and integrated across the continuum of care and services. This important work with federal contracts is yet another way we can improve quality in the acute care setting.

High reliability work has been a focal point for the MHA for several years, which was initiated with our members in 2015. This work ensures exceptional quality of care is consistently delivered for every patient, every time. In 2018, the MHA Keystone Center launched a Reliability Culture Implementation Guide in partnership with our fellow state hospital associations from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. This guide provides resources available for front-line staff, executive leaders and board members to help identify areas of opportunity.

Over the past year, CEOs representing all our community hospitals have signed the MHA Pledge to Address Racism and Health Inequities, demonstrating our members’ unified commitment to address disparities, dismantle institutional racism and achieve health equity. Recent examples of tangible steps taken to accomplish those goals include the publishing of the Eliminating Disparities to Advance Health Equity and Improve Quality guide and offering a virtual series to address four diversity, equity and inclusion concepts: equitable conversations, equitable messaging, partnership building and diversity pipeline development. The Health Equity guide is geared to assist organizations in addressing health disparities to achieve equitable care by providing key strategies, recommendations for action, implementation levels, and resources to support progress.

Thanks to funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the MHA Keystone Center recently launched its second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community free of charge to MHA members. The Action Community builds on existing practices of participating organizations and combines them to reliably implement the evidence-based framework of high-quality care with all older adults in the system. With Michigan’s aging population, this work is exceptionally important and timely.

One way to help instill a safety culture within a healthcare organization is empowering all members of a care team to speak up if they think something may be wrong. Our patient safety organization created the quarterly Speak-up! Award program five years ago to honor healthcare staff who spoke up to prevent harm, which has prevented nearly $12 million in avoidable costs.

We have also done our part to address the tragedy of opioid overdoses, which lead to more deaths in Michigan than automobile accidents. The GLPP HIIN recently created the Midwest Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) program; participating hospitals collectively have seen an 11.32% decrease in opioid administration and a 13.38% increase in ALTO administration. Because the COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened the opioid epidemic, we are committed to expanding this important work.

The MHA advocacy and policy departments also assisted in the creation of Project Baby Deer, a rapid Whole Genome Sequencing project to improve pediatric intensive care units and outcomes in Michigan. Genetic disorders are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in infants. Early diagnosis of genetic disease has the potential to change clinical management in many meaningful ways, including initiating lifesaving treatments, avoiding unnecessary tests and procedures, shortening hospital stays and empowering families with real-time diagnoses to help with their understanding and decision-making. In addition to improving outcomes, Project Baby Deer also can prevent avoidable healthcare costs.

As you can see, we have a rich history that we can be incredibly proud of. And without question, BCBSM has been an instrumental partner with us on this journey, providing some $16 million in direct funding support to date. This new BCBSM funding will help to ensure that our critical work in safety and quality continues into the future. Specifically, it will allow the MHA Keystone Center to increase hospital participation in the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM), increasing implementation of pre- and post-partum Obstetric Hemorrhagic Risk Assessment, increasing implementation of Quantitative Blood Loss Assessment, and increasing the percentage of women who receive timely treatment of severe hypertension. It will accelerate our work on the opioid epidemic by maximizing the use of medication-assisted therapy, and it will allow us to expand our efforts to address healthcare workplace injuries — thereby ensuring that hospitals are as safe as possible for our front-line caregivers.

In each example noted above, we have helped to establish a clear process that people can understand, trust and execute.

Lastly, I want to stress that all Michigan hospitals and their team members voluntarily participate in MHA Keystone Center initiatives to advance safety for patients and workers and quality of care. There is no mandate in place to require hospitals to participate in this work, but they each choose to do so because of their missions to care for the sick and vulnerable. The pandemic has shined a bright light on the unselfishness of our healthcare heroes and their participation in these efforts is another terrific example of the lengths they go to improve care for their patients. I want to thank both BCBSM and our member hospitals for believing in this vital work and taking the steps necessary to ensure evidence-based best practices are implemented to the point that they make a difference in patients’ lives. This is mission-driven work that all Michiganders can be proud of

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

MHA Values Work of Michigan Legislature on FY 2022 State Budget

MHA CEO Brian Peters

The following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. 

MHA CEO Brian PetersOn behalf of Michigan hospitals and health systems, we value the work of the Michigan Legislature to pass a budget that protect MHA priorities that include fully funding the Healthy Michigan plan, the rural access pool, the obstetrical stabilization fund, and maintaining rate increases for Medicaid and critical access hospitals. We also commend the legislature for expanding postpartum coverage to a full year for mothers on Healthy Michigan. However, more work remains, particularly to address the behavioral health crisis in Michigan. We look forward to working with the legislature through the supplemental appropriations process to secure transformational behavioral health solutions. 

Michigan Birthing Hospitals Discuss Obstetric Hemorrhage and Severe Hypertension

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

The maternal health safety sessions convened participants to discuss prevailing barriers, opportunities and successes of recognizing and treating obstetric (OB) hemorrhage and severe hypertension in pregnancy. The sessions emphasized addressing severe hypertension, which is known to be a “silent killer” of pregnant women. The safety sessions’ goal was for participants to work toward full implementation of the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM) safety bundles to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.

The offerings reached across the state, with 86 OB physicians, nurses, healthcare providers and quality improvement professionals from 61 Michigan birthing hospitals participating in the safety sessions.

In addition, two maternal health educational webinars were conducted during the summer of 2020, providing healthcare professionals an additional opportunity to hear from leading maternal health experts to expand their knowledge of maternal hypertension and the MI AIM safety bundles.

The key topics discussed during the safety sessions were communication between providers and patients, sustainable education for physicians, and overcoming barriers to data submission. 

In 2021, the MHA Keystone Center and the MDHHS will host four additional maternal health safety sessions that build on information learned during the 2020 sessions. These sessions may focus on the following:

  • Emergency department education.
  • Data abstraction.
  • Patient education.
  • Connecting MI AIM facilities to discuss data collection tips and overcome barriers by learning from one another.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

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.

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.

To strengthen ongoing efforts to reduce harm and improve quality for mothers and infants, the MHA Keystone Center partnered with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to provide educational webinars and collaborative safety sessions for birthing hospitals across the state of Michigan.

The next webinar is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. July 17 and is geared toward birthing hospitals in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. June Murphy, DO, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, will provide insight on maternal hypertension.

The educational webinar complements the MHA Keystone Center and MDHHS Maternal Health Safety Sessions, which are virtual, interactive discussions. Attendees of the webinar in prosperity regions 2 and 3 (Northern Michigan) are encouraged to register for a July 22 follow-up Maternal Health Safety Session.  Attendees in prosperity region 1 (Upper Peninsula) are encouraged to register for an Aug. 12 follow-up Maternal Health Safety Session

During the safety sessions, participants will discuss implementing the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM) safety bundles, which equip hospitals with influential protocols, necessary equipment, employee education and drills to prevent and adequately treat severe maternal events. This peer-learning format allows participants to discuss barriers and successes of identifying and treating obstetric hemorrhage and severe hypertension. 

Registration is also available for the Maternal Health Safety Sessions to be held in September in other prosperity regions, where similar content will be covered. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

MHA Monday Report June 22, 2020

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of June 15

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order (EO) 2020-117 June 18 to extend Michigan’s state of emergency due to COVID-19 through July 16. The MHA continues to keep members apprised of developments during the pandemic …


Legislation to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes Moves to House Committee

The Michigan Senate voted June 17 to support Senate Bills 781-786, a package of bills to amend the regulation of electronic cigarettes. The proposed legislation would establish a regulatory scheme for the sale of electronic cigarettes, provide for …


News Reporters Join Call Announcing “Big Changes Ahead”

The MHA conducted a media call June 15 to announce the launch of its statewide “Big Changes Ahead” public education campaign and website, DriveProtected.org. The campaign is designed to make Michiganders aware of the medical coverage options …


Regional Safety Sessions to Focus on Maternal Hypertension, Implementing Safety Bundles​

Approximately three in five pregnancy-related deaths can be prevented, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To address this matter, hospital teams across Michigan are focusing on combating factors contributing to maternal …


Recording Available: Overcoming Challenges for COVID-19 Survivors Webinar​

The June 10 iteration of the bimonthly MHA Workplace Safety Safe Patient Handling and Mobility webinar series focused on overcoming challenges for COVID-19 patient survivors. …


Salary.com Survey Report Describes COVID-19 Impact on Compensation, Benefits

Salary.com, an endorsed business partner of the MHA and a leading software provider of cloud-based compensation data, software and analytics, released new survey data that shows 66% of employers either reduced their workforce or negatively impacted employee pay…


Headline Roundup: COVID-19 Financial Challenges for Hospitals​

Read and listen to coverage about the MHA, including recent interviews with Ruthanne Sudderth, senior vice president, public affairs & communications, on Interlochen Public Radio and WWMT-TV.


The Keckley Report

The Independent Practice of Medicine: Pipe Dream or Realistic Aim for Physicians

“Last weekend, Susan Bailey, M.D., an allergist and immunologist from Fort Worth, Texas, was sworn in as the 175th President of the American Medical Association (AMA) at its virtual House of Delegates meeting. In her acceptance remarks, she vowed to advocate for protection of the independent private practice of medicine and financial support for clinicians. …

“Dr. Bailey’s sentiment is widely shared among clinicians. But is it realistic?”

Paul Keckley. June 15, 2020


News to Know

Important healthcare news for the week of June 22:

  • State licenses for health facilities, agencies and substance use disorder services programs expire July 31, and the 2020-2021 renewal cycle is open through the eLicense portal.

Regional Safety Sessions to Focus on Maternal Hypertension, Implementing Safety Bundles

Approximately three in five pregnancy-related deaths can be prevented, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To address this matter, hospital teams across Michigan are focusing on combating factors contributing to maternal mortality, such as hypertension. 

The MHA Keystone Center, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), is providing virtual Maternal Health Safety Sessions for providers across Michigan and resources for Michigan birthing hospitals as they continue to combat this concern. The webinars are tailored to the State of Michigan Prosperity Regions, with each offering a similar curriculum.  

The sessions focus on implementing the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM) safety bundles to reduce maternal hypertension and improve health outcomes for mothers and infants. Safety bundles equip hospitals with influential protocols, necessary equipment, employee education and drills to prevent and adequately treat severe maternal events. This peer-learning format allows participants to discuss barriers and successes of identifying and treating obstetric hemorrhage and severe hypertension. 

Elizabeth Langen, MD, from the University of Michigan led an educational webinar June 10 to discuss maternal hypertension and trends in data, as well as how hospitals can implement and use the MI AIM bundles. Participants registering for the Maternal Health Safety Sessions are encouraged to review a recording of this webinar prior to attending their session, as content from the webinar will be referenced. Hospitals will have the opportunity for open discussions to ask questions, provide insight to one another, and provide the MHA and MDHHS teams an understanding of the future education needs of member hospitals. Registration is available online and participation is free of charge.  

Michigan Birthing Hospitals Invited to Attend Educational Webinars and Safety Sessions

The MHA Keystone Center, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is providing interactive, educational webinars and virtual safety sessions for birthing hospitals across the state of Michigan.

Obstetric physicians, nurses, healthcare providers and individuals who work in quality improvement from Michigan birthing hospitals are invited to attend. Participants will discuss barriers, opportunities and successes of identifying and treating obstetric hemorrhage and severe hypertension.

Attending a session will enhance healthcare providers’ ability to work toward full implementation of the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health safety bundles. 

The first educational webinar will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. June 10 and is geared toward birthing hospitals in Southeast Michigan (prosperity regions 9 and 10). Attendees are encouraged to participate in a follow-up Maternal Health Safety Session from 1 to 3 p.m. June 17.

Maternal Health Safety Sessions designed for other regions of the state offer a similar curriculum and are scheduled in the coming months. Registration is free of charge and is currently open for these sessions. Additional educational webinars are also being developed. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Leadership Corner: Michigan Organizations Work Together to Improve Maternal Health

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As Governor Whitmer shared in her State of the State address, improving the health of mothers and babies is a priority for the state of Michigan. Specifically, the governor’s plan will extend postpartum Medicaid benefits for a full year for mothers, increase access to treatment for substance abuse and mental health services for mothers and expand access to home visiting programs. The full care continuum reaches outside the four walls of a hospital, and these initiatives can make a significant impact in ensuring all mothers and babies remain healthy. The MHA Keystone Center supports the governor’s stance and remains dedicated to supporting the efforts of providers by partnering with organizations that are at the forefront of improving maternal health in Michigan.

Brittany BoganThrough a new partnership with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), the MHA Keystone Center will offer several maternal health regional safety sessions in 2020. The MHA Keystone Center and the Regional Perinatal Quality Collaborative (RPQC) leaders are planning each session to ensure they meet the needs of providers in the local area. The nine RPQCs that represent Michigan’s 10 prosperity regions include diverse, cross-sector stakeholders that focus on improving birth outcomes and authentically engaging families and community members in their region. More information on the safety sessions will be available in the upcoming months.

Since 2016, the MHA Keystone Center has partnered with the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM) to bring together resources to help reduce morbidity and mortality for moms and babies across the state. Between 2014 and 2017, complications from hemorrhage have declined by 19.6% and maternal hypertension complications have decreased by 19% in Michigan birthing hospitals. In alignment with these efforts, the MHA Keystone Center recently released a new, interactive dashboard for Michigan birthing hospitals to track their performance on the MI AIM safety bundles. Safety bundles equip hospitals with actionable protocols, necessary equipment, staff education and staff drills to prevent and adequately treat severe maternal events. Hospitals may use the dashboard to compare their progress on the safety bundles with other organizations in their region and across the state.

MI AIM, in conjunction with MDHHS and the Maternal Infant Health Strategy Group, is hosting the third annual Michigan Maternal Infant Health Summit March 30 and 31 in Lansing. Professionals across the healthcare community will gather together to support the collective goal of ensuring health equity to all Michigan mothers and babies. The summit will feature nationally-recognized speakers and focus on aligning priorities between public and private organizations while offering education on the latest developments in the field.

At the summit, the following Michigan birthing hospitals will be recognized for their achievements in 2019 to implement the MI AIM safety bundles and improve health outcomes for mothers in their care. The 50 recipients – a number that has grown each time the designations have been awarded – engage in collaborative quality improvement activities through MI AIM and the Obstetrics Initiative and submit data indicating the adoption of the AIM safety bundles practices. The organizations also demonstrate improvement and share lessons learned with other participating hospitals in an “All Teach, All Learn” approach. The MHA Keystone Center is proud to be a sponsor of this event and join more than 550 individuals that are registered to attend.

Platinum

  • Henry Ford Allegiance Health
  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
  • Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
  • Holland Hospital
  • Hurley Medical Center
  • McLaren Central Michigan
  • Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
  • Spectrum Health – Grand Rapids
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital Niles
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland Saint Joseph
  • Spectrum Health Pennock
  • Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital

Gold

  • Bronson Battle Creek Hospital
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
  • McLaren Bay Region
  • McLaren Greater Lansing
  • McLaren Lapeer Region
  • McLaren Northern Michigan
  • MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland
  • Munson Medical Center
  • North Ottawa Community Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital
  • Spectrum Health United Hospital
  • Metro Health-University of Michigan Health
  • University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers

Silver

  • Covenant HealthCare
  • Dickinson County Healthcare System
  • Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital
  • ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital
  • Sparrow Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

Bronze

  • Ascension St. John Hospital
  • Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn
  • Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills
  • Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe
  • Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
  • Beaumont Hospital, Trenton
  • Beaumont Hospital, Troy
  • Beaumont Hospital, Wayne
  • McLaren Flint
  • McLaren Port Huron
  • McLaren Thumb Region
  • MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena
  • Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital
  • Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital
  • ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital
  • Three Rivers Health

The MHA Keystone Center will continue to strive to improve maternal and infant health in a statewide approach by training our current and future physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals to establish acceptable treatment and practices for our hospital community.

Brittany Bogan, FACHE, CPPS, is the senior vice president of safety and quality at the MHA and the executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

Brittany Bogan Discusses Maternal Health on WJR 760AM

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Brittany Bogan (center) with Women Who Lead Radio Show hosts Luanne Thomas Ewald (left) and Ann Thomas (right).Brittany Bogan, senior vice president of safety & quality, MHA, and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center, discussed maternal health Feb. 22 on the Women Who Lead Radio Show on WJR 760AM with hosts Ann Thomas and Luanne Thomas Ewald, chief operating officer of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital.

Bogan discussed the importance of improved access to postpartum care for mothers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Healthy Moms Healthy Babies plan. Announced Jan. 29 during the 2020 State of the State address, the plan would extend postpartum Medicaid benefits for a full year for mothers, increase access to treatment for substance use and mental health services for mothers and expand access to home visiting programs.

Listen to the interview