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

The valuable role of Michigan hospitals and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic is unmistakable. Brave personnel throughout these facilities have worked for two years to care for the staggering number of patients coming through their doors.

Even during these difficult times, hospitals and health systems have continued to provide services that go beyond the care provided within their walls. To celebrate the best of the community benefits programs hospitals provide, the MHA is accepting nominations for its 2022 Ludwig Community Benefit Award until the close of business Feb. 18.

The award is named for Patric E. Ludwig, former MHA president and Bronson Healthcare Group president, and honors Michigan hospitals that demonstrate outstanding community benefit by improving the health and well-being of their communities through collaborative health, economic or social initiatives.

To assist the winning programs in their efforts to improve the health of their communities, the MHA Health Foundation’s Community Health Improvement Fund presents a $5,000 cash prize in conjunction with the award. The fund was established in 2004 to support innovative community-based health improvement programs led by Michigan hospitals. For more information, contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Two-part Webinar Will Review Challenging Accreditation Standards Jan. 13

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies are continually revising requirements that result in changes to The Joint Commission (TJC) standards. In addition, there are problematic areas that are commonly reviewed on TJC surveys that require additional education and implementation strategies to have a successful survey outcome.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar The Joint Commission Accreditation 2021: A Look Back & A 2022 Look Ahead is a two-part series that will review:

  • Top challenging standards (CMS Conditions of Participation and TJC Standards) from the past year and a look ahead to determine future impacts on continuous accreditation and regulatory readiness.
  • Patient safety issues over the past year and how they impact continuous accreditation and regulatory readiness.
  • Challenging life safety issues and mitigation strategies to meet regulatory and accrediting compliance.

The webinar will be offered Jan. 13, with part one held from 8 a.m. to noon and part two scheduled from 1 to 4:30 p.m. MHA members can register for a single session for $225 or the full day for $275. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

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 and Certification webinar will assist providers in their awareness of these issues by reviewing:

  • The differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, sexual orientation and romantic orientation.
  • Understanding personal bias and perception of the differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual and romantic orientation.
  • Benefits and examples of providing options for patients in the areas of gender identification, preferred name, legal name and preferred pronouns.
  • The differences between the social and medical transition process.
  • How providers can make changes to reduce fears of the transgender patient in a medical setting.

The webinar is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9, and MHA members can join for a single connection fee of $395. MHA members can include up to five participants from the same organization for a connection fee of $1,900. Members should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA to register.

By participating in the Transgender Healthcare Dignity Model and Certification webinar, participants may earn up to 4.0 ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation.

Webinar to Explore CMS Surgery, Anesthesia Service Requirements

The complex, fast-paced care delivered in surgical units can result in higher-than-expected errors. Wrong-patient mistakes, communication errors with anesthesiologists, and inadequate care may all occur while a patient awakens from anesthesia.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar “CMS Hospital Surgery, Anesthesia, and Postanesthesia Care Unit CoPs Requirements: Are You in Compliance?” webinar will review policies and procedures required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation related to surgery and anesthesia services, as well as the most cited deficiencies and how to avoid them.

The webinar is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ET Oct. 19, and MHA members can register for a $195 connection fee. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Boot Camp Webinar Series to Explore Case Management

The role of case management is central to many healthcare structures, including value-based reimbursement, bundled payments, care transitions and accountable care organizations.

The MHA Health Foundation virtual boot camp series Basics of Case Management begins with some of the fundamental issues pertinent to case managers and will cover issues surrounding utilization, discharge planning, care coordination and how to integrate the roles and functions of case managers with other healthcare professionals.

The five sessions of the MHA Basics of Case Management series are scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9. MHA members can register for an individual session for $195 or at a bundled rate of $780 for the entire series. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Webinar Reviews Documentation Compliance

Documentation remains one of the most problematic components of healthcare. Proper documentation is crucial for the provision of safe care and communication across the continuum of care and plays a major role in compliance and reimbursement. Incorrect and missing documentation can lead to failure to diagnose, missed diagnosis, lapse in vital care and citations from regulatory agencies.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar Documentation: Vital Components for Compliance, scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17, will review documentation requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Interoperability and Open Records Act and much more.

Additional details and registration are available online. Members can register for a connection fee of $195. Questions may be directed to Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Compliance with Updated CMS Conditions of Participation Explored in Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently made significant updates to emergency services requirements in its Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that will require hospitals to make many practical and operational modifications.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar Emergency Services: Complying with the CMS Hospital CoPs will review many requirements, including staffing, provision of services both on and off campus, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act and communitywide emergency medical services protocols, and compliance with standards of care.

The webinar is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. EDT Aug. 3, and MHA members can register for a connection fee of $195. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Learn CMS Rules for Medication Administration in Sept. 29 Webinar

Medications are involved in 80% of all healthcare treatments, which is the primary reason the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) closely monitors medication procedures. Surveyors are thoroughly reviewing how hospitals are promoting safe opioid use, complying with opioid policy and ensuring staff members dispense medications within one of three blocks of time.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar Safe Opioid Use, IV Medication, Blood and Medication Administration Requirements: Complying with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Conditions of Participation will discuss the updated CMS guidelines on medication administration and safe opioid use, educational requirements for those who dispense medications, and more.

The webinar is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 29, and MHA members can register for a $195 connection fee. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

New Joint Commission Compliance Requirements Addressed in Webinar

Regulatory agencies like The Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Det Norske Veritas recently announced plans to return to survey activity as providers begin to emerge from crisis operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As hospitals consider whether they are survey-ready, it is critical to understand the new survey process.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar Preparing for the New Normal in the Survey Process will outline The Joint Commission’s new compliance requirements since the COVID-19 outbreak, the areas of emergency preparedness and infection control that surveyors will be examining and more.

The webinar is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23, and MHA members can register for a connection fee of $195. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

MHA Webinar Offers Tips for Building Rural Telehealth Program

Telehealth improves not only access to care, but also health outcomes, by removing barriers of time and distance. COVID-19 has transformed telehealth from a desirable program into an essential element of care delivery. The implementation of telehealth can be costly and challenging, but with the right approach, hospitals can embrace this healthcare technology.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar Implementing a Successful Rural Telehealth Program will identify ways to assess the positive impact telehealth can have on the population a hospital serves, outline goals that can be achieved with telehealth, offer criteria for selecting the telehealth program that best fits the organization and more.

The webinar is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT Sept. 1, and MHA members can register for a $195 connection fee. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.