MHA Member Forum Explored Health Finance Issues

The MHA hosted a forum Dec. 17 to assist members in navigating complex health finance issues and outlining priorities for the coming year. More than 65 people attended to hear about provider relief fund reporting requirements, virtual care policies and more. The agenda included an update on the 2020-2021 MHA Action Plan, with a review of statewide trends and ongoing association priorities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members engaged in a discussion of reporting requirements for provider relief funds with a presentation by special guest speaker Joanna Hiatt Kim, vice president of payment policy at the American Hospital Association, and discussion facilitated by Matt Cox, chief financial officer at Spectrum Health System. In addition, the forum included an overview of virtual care policies implemented by payers during the COVID-19 pandemic, with discussion on the desired future state of virtual care facilitated by Mark Hepler, chief financial officer at Munson Healthcare.

This forum was graciously sponsored by MHA endorsed business partner MCAG, whose class action settlement recovery service is an exceptional source for nontraditional revenue that is used by over 1,400 hospitals nationwide. Visit the MCAG enrollment webpage and enter code “MHASC5” to take advantage of current unprecedented opportunities totaling over $8 billion in settlement funds.

The MHA will develop additional forums throughout the year to discuss trends impacting hospitals and health systems and tackle the challenges that are affecting providers’ ability to provide vital services to their communities. Questions about the member forum and future offerings should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.

Virtual Health Finance Forum Scheduled for Dec. 17

The MHA is hosting a virtual health finance forum for MHA members from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 17. Participants will hear about:

  • MHA strategic action plan.
  • Provider relief funds reporting requirements.
  • Virtual care policies implemented by payers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is no cost to participate, but participants must register to receive the information necessary to access the virtual meeting.

This forum is sponsored by MHA endorsed business partner MCAG, an expert in recovering money due its clients from class action settlement funds. Participants are encouraged to review the MCAG website to understand the services it offers and how they may benefit health systems. Questions should be directed to Jason Jorkasky at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Feb. 24, 2020

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News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Feb. 24:

  • Learning Webinar 2 of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Innovation Improvement Network Falls Improvement Sprint webinar will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday.
     
  • Learning Webinar 2 of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Innovation Improvement Network Readmissions Improvement Sprint will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday.
     
  • MHA Breakthrough will take place from 1 p.m. Thursday to 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City.

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Endorsed Business Partner Webinar Series Outlined Member Benefits

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The MHA recently hosted a series of webinars highlighting the cutting-edge and cost-effective solutions available to Michigan hospitals through its Endorsed Business Partner program. The program launched in 2018 to assist hospitals as they work to avoid unnecessary costs, recover revenue, reduce operating expenses, improve management and quality, increase productivity, develop staff resources and apply new strategies. The webinars highlighted the member benefits provided by each participating endorsed business partner.

MCAGThe MHA hosted a webinar Nov. 19 with MCAG, an industry leader in the class action settlement recovery business, highlighting current and upcoming class action settlements. A recording and materials are available from the webinar for members who were unable to participate. To learn more and sign up for MCAG’s Settlement Recovery Service, visit its website for MHA members and click the “Enroll Now” button.

Care LogisticsA webinar titled Elevating RN Practice Through Innovative Daily Care Coordination Processes was held Jan. 14. It gave Michigan hospitals the opportunity to learn how Care Logistics helps hospitals and health systems across the country to achieve dramatic results in patient flow, throughput, quality and experience. The webinar highlighted a case study from Mercy Medical Center in Canton, OH, where Barbara Yingling, chief nursing officer, successfully addressed these common challenges through the implementation of an innovative inpatient care progression model. Members who were unable to participate may access a recording and materials from the webinar online.

Salary.comThe MHA hosted a webinar Jan. 28 with its endorsed business partner Salary.com that focused on four things organizations can do in 2020 to improve their compensation programs. Attendees learned about reviewing an organization’s compensation philosophy and strategy, metrics that indicate compensation program health, tasks to perform on a regular basis and ways to use the MHA Salary Survey. Members may review these lessons for compensation programs online, where a recording and materials from the webinar have been posted.

Commerce HealthcareThe MHA has partnered with CommerceHealthcare for over a decade with its accounts payable (AP) program. Many hospitals have benefited from additional revenue through this program, even supplementing existing AP programs and services to deliver value. The MHA hosted a webinar Feb. 5 titled Transforming the Healthcare Financial Experience with CommerceHealthcare. The webinar highlighted solutions to help get providers out of the business of banking and put the focus back on the patient experience. For additional information, contact Dan VandenBosch at CommerceHealthcare at (616) 233-0430.

Members with questions about the Endorsed Business Partner program or the webinar series should contact Rob Wood at the MHA.