MHASC Board and HR Committee Focus on Action Plan

The MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) board held a retreat Oct. 7 to evaluate nondues revenue sources that provide financial support to the MHA and to highlight key initiatives that the MHASC is tasked with supporting in the 2021-2022 MHA Strategic Action Plan. These initiatives include workforce sustainability, behavioral health, data strategy, cybersecurity, and diversifying MHASC products, services and partnerships. Workforce sustainability is a top priority for the MHA, and the board explored ways the MHASC can develop and enhance programs and partnerships that best serve members. Members may learn more about the Strategic Action Plan by registering for a virtual MHA Member Forum scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 15.

The board also recognized the MHA Data Services and MHA Unemployment Compensation divisions for serving MHA members with a comprehensive and consultative approach throughout the pandemic. The board received an overview of a potential partnership with LifeWorks highlighting strategies to support behavioral health priorities for MHA members. LifeWorks graciously sponsored a reception with the MHASC board at the meeting.

The MHASC Human Resources (HR) Committee met Sept. 30 to discuss current HR priorities and review its role in guiding the company’s purpose and direction in addressing issues including workforce retention and recruitment, talent development, well-being and safety. The HR Committee has served as a collaborative body for HR leaders to address issues since it was launched during the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, the committee received a report from new MHA endorsed business partner NextJob highlighting career development and outplacement services available for MHA members. NextJob also invites MHA members to register for a webinar Oct. 12 on Building a Professional Brand for Career Growth to address healthcare workforce sustainability and resiliency for staff.

The MHASC provides critical support to the MHA in the form of nondues revenue through its Data Services, Unemployment Compensation Program and Endorsed Business Partner program to address workforce, financial and other business needs. Visit the MHA Business Services webpage to learn more about resources available. Questions regarding the MHASC board and MHASC HR Committee should be directed to Peter Schonfeld at the MHA.

MHA Service Corporation Board, HR Committee Address MHA Action Plan Priorities

At its June 23 meeting, the MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) board evaluated nondues revenue sources that provide financial support to the MHA. The board discussed progress on action plan priorities, telehealth strategies, multistate opportunities, developing investment guidelines and emerging business partners for consideration. The board also recognized the MHA Data Services and MHA Unemployment Compensation divisions for serving MHA members with a comprehensive and consultative approach throughout the pandemic.

The MHASC board welcomed Saju George, regional CEO, Prime Healthcare Michigan Market, as a newly appointed member, approved by the MHA Board of Trustees at its June 23 meeting. The board also appointed Kent Riddle, CEO, Mary Free Bed Hospital, as vice-chair of the board. Finally, the board recognized Lindsey Peters of Eaton Rapids for her service on the board and welcomed her as senior director of field engagement at the MHA.

CommerceHealthcare presented a report highlighting its 10-year partnership with the MHASC. It has facilitated over $2.2 billion in supplier revenue that has generated payments for hospitals and health systems in Michigan, equating to a $22.6 million impact to Michigan hospitals in the past decade. CommerceHealthcare offers several services for MHA members to consider that address accounts payable, receivables management, patient financing and investments. CommerceHealthcare sponsored a joint lunch with the MHA and MHASC boards the day of their meetings.

The MHASC Human Resources (HR) Committee met June 8 to discuss current HR leadership priorities and review its role in guiding the purpose and direction for MHASC efforts to address workforce resources, education, data, staff development and more. The committee addressed priorities including vaccination policies; staffing shortages; and diversity, equity and inclusion. The HR Committee has served as a collaborative body for HR leaders to address issues specific to the COVID-19 pandemic response. Finally, the committee received an update on the newly formed MHA Human Resources Council as a resource for healthcare professionals.

The MHASC provides critical support to the MHA in the form of nondues revenue through its Data Services, Unemployment Compensation Program and Endorsed Business Partner program to address workforce, financial and other business needs. Additional information on available resources is available on the MHA Business Services webpage. Questions regarding the MHASC board and HR Committee should be directed to Peter Schonfeld at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Feb. 22, 2021

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

Despite winter weather delaying vaccine delivery during the week of Feb. 15, nearly 1.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Michigan as of Feb. 18, according to the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. The MHA continues to keep members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting hospitals …


Nominations Being Accepted for 2021 Advancing Safe Care Award

To recognize Michigan hospitals that are tackling issues daily to make care safer and more dependable, the MHA presents its annual Advancing Safe Care Award. Eligible nominees …


MHA Service Corporation Board, Human Resources Committee Meet

At its Feb. 11 meeting, the MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) Board of Directors discussed and evaluated nondues revenue sources for the MHASC during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond to provide financial support to the MHA. In the coming year, the performance of current services will be reviewed for renewals, and priorities for new …


Webinars Outline Transparent Marketplace Strategies

Most hospitals and health systems are complying with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule that took effect Jan. 1. The next step is to identify ways to manage patients’ concerns and expectations about what …


Age-Friendly Action Community Virtual Format Provides Flexibility in Pandemic

The MHA Keystone Center is enrolling Michigan healthcare organizations for its second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community, which is designed to prevent harm to older adults and decrease costs from readmissions. The Action Community will run from March …


The Keckley Report

The Old Hospital Playbook Should Be Thrown Out

“The pandemic has compromised the long-term sustainability of hospitals. Insurers are coming through stronger. Ditto for drug manufacturers and their distributors and retailers. But hospitals have lost ground: the old playbook used by most hospitals simply isn’t working anymore.”

Paul Keckley. Feb. 15, 2021

MHA Service Corporation Board, Human Resources Committee Meet

At its Feb. 11 meeting, the MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) Board of Directors discussed and evaluated nondues revenue sources for the MHASC during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond to provide financial support to the MHA. In the coming year, the performance of current services will be reviewed for renewals, and priorities for new initiatives will be considered.

The board discussed how best to position the association’s enhanced data collection strategy to address recent federal provisions calling for the funding and establishment of statewide all-payer claims databases (APCDs). The MHA Board of Trustees plans to form a subcommittee with content expertise to advise the association on relevant considerations and provide the MHA Board of Trustees with recommendations on how best to use APCDs. The board also recognized the MHA Unemployment Compensation Program for managing an unprecedented number of pandemic-related unemployment claims with an aggressive, comprehensive and consultative approach.

The MHASC Human Resources (HR) Committee met Feb. 16 to discuss current HR leadership priorities and review its role in guiding workforce initiatives related to resources, education, data, staff development and more. The committee addressed priorities including COVID-19 vaccination coordination, staffing shortages, virtual work, diversity, unconscious bias and grief leadership/resilience resources. The committee further discussed developing an MHA HR Council as a resource for healthcare professionals.

The board and HR Committee received a report from MHA endorsed business partner HealthEquity outlining a cohesive, integrated benefits program designed to provide employees with resources to maximize their health savings account and flexible spending account benefits. HealthEquity will provide more information in a member webinar from 3:30 to 4 p.m. EST March 3, and members may contact Rob Wood at the MHA to register.

The MHASC provides critical support to the MHA in the form of nondues revenue through its Endorsed Business Partner program, Data Services and Unemployment Compensation Program. Visit the MHA Business Services webpage to learn more about available member resources.

Questions regarding the MHASC Board of Directors and HR Committee should be directed to Peter Schonfeld at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Oct. 19, 2020

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Oct. 12

The MHA is keeping members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting Michigan hospitals through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. …


Legislature Works to Replace Executive Orders

The Michigan Legislature was busy during the week of Oct. 12, voting on several important issues that impact hospitals. Some of the most notable pieces of legislation included bills to provide limited immunity to businesses and health facilities for their work during the peak pandemic  …


MHA Provides Guidance on Hospital Bedside Voting

As the Nov. 3 election approaches, the MHA is reminding hospitals that voters may make an “emergency” request for an absentee ballot if he or she cannot attend the polls because of personal disablement …


Association Mourns Bill Jackson

Bill Jackson, who was senior vice president and chief financial officer at the MHA from 2013 until his recent retirement, passed away Oct. 10 following a year-long battle with cancer. The former CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital …


Michigan Harvest Gathering Virtual Kickoff is Oct. 20

The 2020 Michigan Harvest Gathering will virtually kick off at 10 a.m. ET Oct. 20 through a Facebook Live event on the Food Bank Council of Michigan's page. The 30-minute virtual event will include remarks by MHA CEO Brian Peters; Phillip Knight, PhD, executive …


Participate in Updating Michigan’s Health IT Roadmap

The Michigan Health Information Technology (IT) Commission and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services  have begun developing a Statewide Five-Year Health IT Roadmap, which will be a guide for future planning, investments and governance of health …

MHASC Board and HR Committee Address 2020-2021 MHA Action Plan Priorities

The MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) Board of Directors held a virtual strategic planning retreat Oct. 13 to assess and further develop programs and services to support key initiatives in the 2020-2021 MHA Action Plan. MHASC-specific goals outlined in the …


MHA Joins Public Health Officials in Urging Residents to Prevent COVID-19 and Flu

The MHA joined the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Association for Local Public Health at a press conference Oct. 13 to provide COVID-19 data updates and urge …


Michigan Birthing Hospitals Discuss Obstetric Hemorrhage and Severe Hypertension

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


Celebrate Infection Preventionists During International Infection Prevention Week

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), established in 1986 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, shines a light on infection prevention annually. This year, IIPW is celebrated Oct. 18 through 24. …


New Guide to Hospital Partnerships Available to MHA Members

MHA Endorsed Business Partner Juniper Advisory has released a book providing a start-to-finish look at what it takes to create a successful hospital partnership. The book, “A Healthcare Leader’s Guide to Successful Mergers & Acquisitions,” includes articles from Juniper …


The Keckley Report

What the K Recovery Means for Healthcare

“There’s growing evidence that the U.S. economic recovery will be a K recovery: a bi-directional response to the pandemic that will produce winners and losers. And the implication is profound in healthcare.”

Paul Keckley. Oct. 12, 2020


MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Supreme Court

The MHA Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races for Election 2020. The series will provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including candidates’ views and background.

MHASC Board and HR Committee Address 2020-2021 MHA Action Plan Priorities

The MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) Board of Directors held a virtual strategic planning retreat Oct. 13 to assess and further develop programs and services to support key initiatives in the 2020-2021 MHA Action Plan. MHASC-specific goals outlined in the action plan include increasing revenue opportunities to support the MHA, exploring partnerships with other states to expand potential business opportunities and improve value, and coordinating activities of the MHASC Human Resources (HR) Committee to address healthcare workforce issues. The board also discussed the MHASC’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, outlining lessons learned, continuing concerns and how to apply these lessons to strengthen response to this ongoing crisis.

The board received a report from MHA Endorsed Business Partner Medical Solutions outlining current nationwide and Michigan-specific staffing challenges and their impact on hospitals’ ability to provide quality patient care, while also reducing hard and soft dollar costs. Medical Solutions provides workforce solutions that streamline healthcare staffing through fully customized programs. The company sponsored a virtual reception of the board at the conclusion of the planning retreat.

The board also reviewed a demonstration and presentation from ProCredEx, which recently became the MHA’s newest Endorsed Business Partner. ProCredEx is rolling out a pilot with a consortium of industry partners to create a digital marketplace for exchanging verified credentials information for all members of the healthcare industry. Representatives from Spectrum Health provided valuable feedback on implementing the pilot.

The MHASC HR Committee met Oct. 7 to address the current impact of COVID-19 on healthcare professionals and workplace preparedness, including lessons learned, ongoing challenges and ideas for partnership/collaboration. Both the HR Committee and the MHASC board discussed ways to address health equity and implicit bias. 

The MHASC provides critical support to the MHA in the form of nondues revenue through its Endorsed Business Partner Program, Data Services and Unemployment Compensation Program. More information about member resources is available on the MHA Business Services webpage. Questions regarding the MHASC board and HR Committee should be directed to Peter Schonfeld at the MHA.

MHA Service Corporation Board Discusses COVID-19 Resources and Response

The MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) convened a meeting of its board of directors June 24 to assess programs and services to support key initiatives in the 2019-2020 MHA Action Plan. Much of the meeting was dedicated to a discussion of the COVID-19 pandemic. The MHASC continues to focus resources during the COVID-19 response to assist members with unemployment, data analysis, workplace violence education, financial recovery, staffing, emergency preparedness activities and leveraging/expanding business partner relationships. The board discussed potential resources to address MHA priorities in the 2020-2021 program year, including national COVID-19 business partnerships, telehealth and multistate opportunities.

The board received a report from Juniper Advisory outlining the financial strain resulting from the pandemic and how it changed the merger and acquisition landscape, existing and emerging competitors growing rapidly in the telemedicine and ambulatory settings, and whether partnering with these disrupters should be contemplated. Juniper Advisory is an MHA endorsed business partner providing experienced and dedicated strategic advice to healthcare organizations and other multiproduct financial service companies.

The MHASC board welcomed David Leonard, chief legal officer, Spectrum Health, as a newly appointed board member with a term ending in 2021, which was approved by the MHA Board of Trustees at its last meeting. It also reappointed Brett Furst, founder and CEO, Foresight Ventures, and Dennis Smith, chief operating officer, Dickinson County Healthcare System, to terms expiring in 2023.

The MHASC provides critical support to the MHA in the form of nondues revenue through its Endorsed Business Partner program, Data Services, and Unemployment Compensation Program. Visit the MHA Business Services webpage to learn more about options available. Questions regarding the MHASC board should be directed to Peter Schonfeld at the MHA.

MHA Service Corporation Board Addresses MHA Action Plan Priorities

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The MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) convened a meeting of its board Jan. 30 to assess and further develop programs and services to support key initiatives in the 2019-2020 MHA Action Plan. 

MHA Service Corporation The board received a report on activities of the MHA Enhanced Data Task Force, which was established to identify data priorities, pilot initiatives, governance and privacy issues, and value propositions, providing guidance and recommendations to the MHA Board of Trustees. The MHASC Board continued to discuss how best to position the association and its members to collect and use data to drive improvements in population health, advance advocacy objectives, and serve members’ operational needs. The MHASC Board also received an update on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rules for price transparency and discussed their impact at the federal and state levels.

In addition, the MHASC held the inaugural meeting of its Human Resources Committee to address current issues, consider future healthcare workforce needs, and provide input to the MHASC Board on innovative solutions to improve value and performance. Workplace safety and wellbeing is an MHA strategic priority and is supported by education and training from MHA Endorsed Business Partner HSS and efforts of the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative. The committee provided feedback on activities in these areas and reviewed the initial charter. Its next meeting will be held in conjunction with the Michigan Healthcare Human Resources Conference in March.

The MHASC board welcomed its newly appointed members as approved by the MHA Board of Trustees at its last meeting, including Betty Chu, MD, MBA, associate chief clinical officer and chief quality officer, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit; Brian Connolly, retired CEO and chief transformation executive, Beaumont Health System, Southfield; Marita Hattem-Schiffman, president, MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot/Mt. Pleasant/Clare; and Kent Riddle, CEO, Mary Free Bed Hospital, Grand Rapids.

To learn about MHASC services available to MHA members, visit the MHA Business Services webpage. Questions on these options or about the MHASC board and human resources committee meetings should be directed to Peter Schonfeld at the MHA.