Media Recap: Food Insecurity & Rural Healthcare Solutions

Brian Peters

Brian PetersThe MHA received media coverage the week of Jan. 23 regarding the issue of food insecurity, rural healthcare solutions and hospital viability.

The MHA contributed a combined total of $45,000 toward the 2022 Michigan Harvest Gathering during the campaign’s luncheon Jan. 25 to help address food insecurity in the state. The Michigan Business Network published the press release issued by the MHA while MHA CEO Brian Peters appeared on Food First, a weekly WJR radio show presented by the Food Bank Council of Michigan and Farm Bureau Insurance. Peters discussed the MHA’s title sponsorship of the 2022 Michigan Harvest Gathering with co-hosts Dr. Phil Knight and Gerry Brisson, as well as the role food insecurity plays as a social determinant of health.

Peters and several MHA members also appeared in a Becker’s Hospital Review story published Jan. 25 sharing ideas on how to save rural healthcare.

“I am a big believer in technology as a game-changer for the future of healthcare delivery,” said Peters. “In particular, it can serve as a force multiplier in the realm of healthcare staffing. When combined with the significant traction gained by telehealth since the start of the pandemic, this means that technology — if thoughtfully deployed — can help to stabilize the rural health infrastructure. One imperative: we need regulatory and reimbursement policies that incentivize and support this concept.

In addition, Peters joined the Paul W. Smith “Live from Lansing” show Jan. 26 as part of its annual coverage of legislative and policy issues facing the state the morning after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address.

Members with any questions regarding media requests should contact John Karasinski at the MHA.

News to Know – Week of Nov. 7

Michigan Harvest GatheringsMany Michigan hospitals are underway with their Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign which runs through Nov. 18. Online donations by hospital employees and community members to the Michigan Harvest Gathering program can be made through the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s website. The MHA will be issuing a final report on the contributions of its members in the MHA Monday Report, on social media and in a state press release. Members with questions about the Michigan Harvest Gathering may contact Erin Steward at the MHA

MHA Monday Report Oct. 17, 2022

MHA Monday Report

Legislative Policy Panel Convenes for Program Year

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened Oct. 12 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals …


MDHHS Releases Medicaid Rate Increase Policies

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently released two concurrent final and proposed policies to implement Medicaid rate increases included in the fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget for dates of service on and after Oct. 1, 2022 …


MHA Keystone Center Presents Annual Health Equity Summit

Registration is now open for the Michigan Health Equity Summit that will take place in-person at Lansing Community College West Campus and virtually from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 3 …


ED MOUD Funding Available – Applications Due Dec. 16

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) is partnering with the MHA Keystone Center, the Michigan Opioid Partnership (MOP) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to provide …


Webinar Prepares for The Joint Commission and CMS Health Equity Requirements

Recently, The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their commitment in driving the next decade of health equity for people who are underserved. The commitment to advancing health equity …


MHA Podcast Explores Program Year Priorities with Michigan Medicine

The MHA released another episode of the MiCare Champion Cast, which features interviews with healthcare policy experts in Michigan on key issues that impact healthcare and the health of communities …


MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Supreme Court

The MHA’s Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races and ballot questions for Election 2022. 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 …


The Keckley Report

Paul KeckleyIs the Honeymoon Over for Medicare Advantage?

“The bottom line: in the next 2-3 years, regulatory scrutiny of Medicare Advantage will increase and funding by Medicare will decrease. Congress will press for a clear correlation between Medicare’s solvency and MA cost-savings. Thus, it’s likely Medicare Advantage plans will charge higher premiums, limit benefits, intensify medical management activities, share more financial risk with high-performing provider organizations and offer services to new populations. Their margins will shrink, access to capital and enrollment growth will be imperatives, and innovation in holistic cost-effective care management and affordability key differentiators.”

Paul Keckley, Oct. 10, 2022


Logo for MI Vote Matters, Tuesday Nov. 8News to Know

  • The last day to register online to vote in the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 24, 2022.
  • Early in-person voting by absentee ballot at a clerk’s office remains available.
  • Complimentary MI Vote Matters informational posters and the 2022 Candidate Guide are still available for MHA members.

MHA Monday Report Oct. 10, 2022

MHA Monday Report

DIFS Publishes Bulletin on No-fault Reimbursement Following Andary Decision

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) issued Bulletin 2022-17-INS Oct. 5 in the matter of payment and billing guidance for no-fault automobile insurers and healthcare providers following an order from the Michigan Supreme Court in the Andary v. USAA lawsuit …


MDHHS Releases Proposed Policy to Resume Required Enrollment Activities

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released a proposed policy to rescind remaining waived provider enrollment (PE) requirements implemented by MSA 20-28 and resume required enrollment activities that were waived during the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) …


CMS Announces 2023 Medicare Premiums and Deductibles

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the calendar year 2023 Medicare fee-for-service Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $44 to a new total of $1,600 …


MHA Creates Workforce Sustainability Communications Toolkit

As hospitals and health systems across Michigan continue to face workforce challenges, the MHA has developed a downloadable communications toolkit focused on workforce sustainability …


Michigan Harvest GatheringsMichigan Harvest Gathering Launches Oct. 10

Food insecurity and health outcomes go hand in hand, as those who struggle to put food on the table are at a higher risk of conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. In 2020, more than one million Michiganders faced food insecurity – including 300,000 children …


Opportunities for Immunization Grants – Applications Due Nov. 1

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced multiple grant opportunities for health organizations and AAP Chapters to improve community confidence in vaccines and to support pediatricians in the delivery of on-time vaccinations …


Webinar Dispels Misinformation About Unionization and Outline Legal Guidelines

Healthcare workforce shortages, particularly nursing shortages, are severely hindering the ability to provide patient-centered care. Unionizing to negotiate for policies like staffing ratios is popular but does not consider the complexity of significant workforce shortages …


MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Secretary of State

The MHA’s Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races and ballot questions for Election 2022. 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 …


Paul KeckleyThe Keckley Report

The White House Strategy for Nutrition and Hunger: Three Glaring Oversights

“Last Wednesday, the White House hosted the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in DC—the first since the Nixon administration’s conference in 1969. Noting that food insecurity is an issue in one in four US households and the eroding nutritional value of the food supply chain, the Administration laid out its strategy in a 44-page document featuring 5 pillars of its attention…

The White House Strategy is a great start but the issues of food insecurity and nutritional deficiency require urgent, comprehensive and dedicated attention. The White House says it has secured pledges of $8 billion from the private sector to advance the strategy: that’s a good start, but only a fraction of what’s needed.”

Paul Keckley, Oct. 3, 2022


Logo for MI Vote Matters, Tuesday Nov. 8News to Know

  • A second gubernatorial debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 25 on the Oakland University campus between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican candidate Tudor Dixon.
  • Early in-person voting by absentee ballot at a clerk’s office is currently available.
  • Complimentary MI Vote Matters informational posters and the 2022 Candidate Guide remain available for MHA members.

Laura AppelMHA in the News

Bridge Michigan published an article Oct. 4 which focuses on the staffing challenges impacting behavioral health providers that limit bed capacity. The article begins by reviewing the number of reduced beds at state psychiatric facilities …

Michigan Harvest Gathering Launches Oct. 10

Michigan harvest gathering

Michigan harvest gatheringFood insecurity and health outcomes go hand in hand, as those who struggle to put food on the table are at a higher risk of conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. In 2020, more than one million Michiganders faced food insecurity – including 300,000 children. The COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened this issue.

In an effort to combat food insecurity throughout the state, the MHA, alongside the Food Bank Council of Michigan, invite hospitals, health systems and the general public to participate in this year’s Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign, kicking off Oct. 10. Over the past 30 years, the program has raised awareness and funds to support food access for people at all walks of life. According to Feeding America, every dollar donated provides an average of 10 meals to those in need.

Donations can be made through the Food Bank Council website, either with a monetary contribution or by selecting from a variety of food products to donate. Healthcare professionals who wish to attribute their donation to an employer can select from a list of hospital and health systems under the donor information tab, which appears just before entering personal information and payment.

Questions about the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erin Steward.

MHA Monday Report Nov. 15, 2021

MHA Monday Report

 

Comments Due Jan. 4 on Federal Vaccine Mandates; MHA Summary Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released the anticipated detailed rules mandating vaccines for employees of healthcare facilities and businesses with 100 or more workers. …


Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System Updated for 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service prospective payment system for home health agencies effective Jan. 1, 2022. …


Michigan Harvest GatheringsMichigan Harvest Gathering 2021 Campaign Concludes

For several weeks, Michigan hospitals and health systems helped generate donations to the Food Bank Council of Michigan through the Michigan Harvest Gathering. The campaign ended Nov. 12, and the MHA will issue a final report in late November outlining …


Healthcare Organizations Gather Virtually for Michigan Health Equity Summit

Nearly 137 safety and quality professionals participated in the virtual Michigan Health Equity Summit Nov. 3 hosted by the Michigan Public Health Institute, the Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy and the MHA Keystone …


Webinar Will Discuss Unemployment Compensation and Vaccine Mandates

As deadlines take effect for COVID-19 vaccine mandates at healthcare organizations, unemployment compensation claims will arise from employees who elect to resign or who are discharged for noncompliance with the mandate. …


covidHeadline Roundup: Week of Nov. 8 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. Below is a collection of headlines from around the …


Paul Keckley

The Keckley Report

Financial Sponsors Pose Unique Challenge to Healthcare Providers

“Outside pressures for affordability, equitable access and price transparency are finding their way into regulations like surprise medical billing and constraints on consolidation. But the specter of proposed increases to both the corporate tax rate … capital gains … and related carried interest rules … are prompting investors to rethink future capital deployment.”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 8, 2021


News to Know

The Root Cause Coalition, of which the MHA is a founding member, is accepting applications for its inaugural Health Justice Award through 11:59 p.m. PST Jan. 31.

Michigan Harvest Gathering 2021 Campaign Concludes

Michigan Harvest Gatherings

Michigan Harvest GatheringsFor several weeks, Michigan hospitals and health systems helped generate donations to the Food Bank Council of Michigan through the Michigan Harvest Gathering. The campaign ended Nov. 12, and the MHA will issue a final report in late November outlining the contributions of its members.

MHA-member organizations whose donations were made solely through the Michigan Harvest Gathering’s online donation site do not need to file a report. However, member organizations that conducted local campaigns with community partners should use the MHA Michigan Harvest Gathering report form to list contributions to this year’s campaign by Nov. 22.

Questions about reporting on the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erica Leyko at the MHA.

 

Michigan Harvest Gathering 2021 Campaign Kicks Off at News Conference

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Brian and phil
MHA CEO Brian Peters presents check to Dr. Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan.

In his remarks at the 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering news conference kickoff, MHA CEO Brian Peters noted the negative impact food insecurity has on health and how Michigan hospitals, for the 24th consecutive year, are supporting the Michigan Harvest Gathering. At the kickoff, Peters was joined by the executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association.

Michigan Harvest Gathering campaigns are underway at many Michigan hospitals, with those efforts running through Nov. 12. Hospital employees and community members can make online donations to the Michigan Harvest Gathering program through the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s website. Hospitals and health systems can also conduct local food drives with their community partners and report the total food collected or financial donations received for the Michigan Harvest Gathering to Erica Leyko at the MHA. The MHA will issue a final report on the contributions of the association and its members.

Questions about the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.

Live Kickoff of 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering Scheduled for Oct. 26

Michigan Harvest Gatherings

Michigan Harvest GatheringsThe MHA, the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association will publicly announce the 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering and Michigan Meal Challenge campaign Oct. 26. MHA CEO Brian Peters will speak on behalf of Michigan hospitals at the event in Lansing.

Many Michigan hospitals’ Michigan Harvest Gathering campaigns are underway and will run through Nov. 12. Hospital employees and community members can make online donations to the Michigan Harvest Gathering program through the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s website. When landing on the donation page, donors can choose their monetary contribution and, from the Select a Team drop-down box, scroll down to find the hospital or health system to which they are attributing the gift (hospitals and health systems are listed alphabetically). After selecting a team, donors will enter personal information and payment and submit their contribution. The Food Bank Council of Michigan will provide the MHA with the total contributions by hospital or health system following the campaign.

Organizations that are conducting a local food drive with a community partner should report the total food collected or financial donations received for the Michigan Harvest Gathering to Erica Leyko at the MHA. Questions about hospitals’ involvement in the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.

Michigan Harvest Gathering Launched Oct. 15

Michigan Harvest Gatherings

Michigan Harvest GatheringsHarsher weather, along with the long tail of the pandemic, will certainly cause hardship for the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s food distribution network and the families served. To help, hospitals and health systems can join the MHA in participating in the 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering.

The Michigan Harvest Gathering will be conducted online from Oct. 15 through Nov. 12, using the same process as in 2020. Donations by hospital employees and community members to the Michigan Harvest Gathering program can be made through the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s website. When landing on this page, donors can choose their monetary donation and then use the Donor Information drop-down box to scroll down to find the hospital or health system they are affiliated with (hospitals and health systems are listed alphabetically). After selecting the hospital or health system, donors will enter personal and payment information and submit their contribution. The Food Bank Council of Michigan will provide the MHA with the total contributions by hospital or health system following the campaign.

Organizations that have decided to conduct a local food drive with community partners are asked to report the total food collected or financial donations received for the Michigan Harvest Gathering to Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Members with questions about the Michigan Harvest Gathering may contact Erin Steward at the MHA.