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 …


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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

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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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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

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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.


Bridge: Michigan hospitals turn to $15 minimum wage to fill job openings

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Bridge published a story Oct. 26 on wage increases that hospitals are providing to entry-level and low-wage workers.

The story reviews wage increases recently announced by MHA members Henry Ford Health System, Trinity Health and Spectrum Health.

Interviewed for the story was MHA CEO Brian Peters, who provided information on the healthcare labor market in Michigan and challenges facing hospitals and their staff, including COVID-19 and food insecurity.

“Even those that work in hospitals are not immune from food insecurity,” said Peters. “We have hospital workers in some instances who don’t necessarily know where their food is going to come from for their family dinner table tomorrow. Some of our health care leaders are very cognizant of that and [want] to make sure they have a living wage that they are able to alleviate that concern as much as possible.”

The MHA’s COVID-19 Impact Report and the Michigan Harvest Gathering also appear in the story.

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MHA Monday Report Oct. 26, 2020

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

The number of COVID-19 cases is climbing, and Michigan hospitals are again experiencing an influx of patients battling the disease. The MHA continues to keep members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting hospitals through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. …


Michigan Harvest Gathering Kicks Off with MHA’s $30,000 Contribution

The 2020 Michigan Harvest Gathering virtually kicked off Oct. 20, when MHA CEO Brian Peters joined community partners and presented the MHA’s $30,000 pledge toward Michigan’s emergency food …


Patient Safety Organization Offers Rural Health and Opioids Safe Table

As a member organization dedicated to improving safety and quality in healthcare, the MHA Keystone Center continues to offer events and serve members despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization will host its first  …


Learn How Governing Boards are Addressing Social Needs​

Hospital and health system trustees are promoting value in their communities by tackling societal factors that influence the health and well-being of residents. In a two-part American Hospital Association podcast moderated by Priya Bathija  …


The Keckley Report

What a Blue Wave Means for Healthcare

“In its October 17, 2020 Confidence Interval assessment, FiveThirtyEight put the possibility of a Democratic sweep at 70%. … It’s being described as a change election. Pundits are speculating it could be a Blue Wave.

“What might a Blue Wave mean for healthcare? And more strategically, what might change for those of us who are part of this industry?”

Paul Keckley. Oct. 19, 2020


MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Ballot Proposals

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.


MHA in the News

Read recent coverage about the MHA, including headlines recapping the MHA's participation in a press conference Oct. 13 on COVID-19 and the release of a joint statement from physician leaders of Michigan hospitals and healthcare systems.

Michigan Harvest Gathering Kicks Off with MHA’s $30,000 Contribution

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The 2020 Michigan Harvest Gathering virtually kicked off Oct. 20, when MHA CEO Brian Peters joined community partners and presented the MHA’s $30,000 pledge toward Michigan’s emergency food response.The MHA “donation check” is displayed by Witwer, Knight, Peters, Cynthia Schuette, and Bill Schuette.

"Our mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities, and there's no better way to do that — to live that mission — than by participating in the Michigan Harvest Gathering year after year,” said Peters. “Food insecurity exists in every Senate district and every House district, so we have an opportunity here to make a real difference.”

The Food Bank Council of Michigan is accepting donations through its website, which also features a virtual food bank and allows visitors to pick from a menu of items to donate.

Those who weren’t able to attend the virtual event can view the Facebook Live video on the Food Bank Council of Michigan's page. The 30-minute event also included remarks by Dr. Phil Knight of the Food Bank Council, Rep. Angela Witwer, Former Attorney General Bill Schuette, Cynthia Schuette and Sen. Peter MacGregor.

Those with questions may contact Erin Steward or Lucy Ciaramitaro at the MHA.

Michigan Harvest Gathering Virtual Kickoff is Oct. 20

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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 director of the Food Bank Council; Rep. Angela Witwer (D-Delta Township); former Attorney General Bill Schuette; and Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford).

As a partnering organization in this important cause, the MHA encourages donations through the Food Bank Council of Michigan's website. Donors may choose the hospital or state office they represent from a list on the site. This platform also features a virtual food bank, which allows visitors to pick from a menu of items to donate.

A list of 2020 project leaders can be found on the association’s Michigan Harvest Gathering webpage, and there's still time to submit a project leader designation form for those who haven't done so. Those with questions may contact Erin Steward or Lucy Ciaramitaro at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Oct. 5, 2020

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Sept. 28

The MHA continues to keep members apprised of developments affecting Michigan hospitals during the pandemic through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. …


State and Federal Lawmakers Act on Important Healthcare Issues

During the week of Sept. 28, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the fiscal year 2021 budget, and the Senate continued its work on several policy issues important to Michigan hospitals. In federal news, President Donald Trump signed …


Advocacy Continues on Behalf of 340B Hospitals

The 340B Drug Pricing Program is important for many MHA members and their financial health. As recently reported, advocacy efforts to protect the program are taking place. The MHA recently sent a letter to the Michigan congressional delegation on behalf of the state’s 340B hospitals. …


Comment on Outpatient Proposed Rule by Oct. 5; MHA Comments Available

The MHA prepared comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service outpatient prospective payment system effective Jan. 1, 2021. The MHA recommends …

MHA and MHA Keystone Center Release 2019-2020 Annual Report

The MHA and the MHA Keystone Center released their 2019-2020 MHA and MHA Keystone Center Annual Report Oct. 1. The report reflects on critical strategies and tactics related to COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 efforts throughout the 2019-2020 program year. …


MHA CEO Report – Preventing a Flu Surge

MHA CEO Brian Peters stresses the importance of influenza vaccination to avoid a potential COVID-19 surge at the same time as an influenza surge in Michigan later this flu season.


Michigan Harvest Gathering Project Leader Training Set for Oct. 8

The 2020 Michigan Harvest Gathering (MHG) food program will virtually kick off Oct. 20. MHA members that haven't already done so are encouraged to renew their support and submit a project leader designation form for this year through the association’s MHG webpage. …


Workshops Discuss Strategies for Workplace Safety, Emphasize Leadership Support​

Participants learned strategies for deploying a sustainable sharps injury prevention program, including standardizing the equipment and disposal processes and mitigating distractions through “do not disturb” signage and calling out all exposed sharps to nearby staff members. The speakers encouraged participants …


News to Know

MHA members are encouraged to use its complimentary MI Vote Matters informational posters and 2020 Candidate Guide to highlight the importance of voting in the upcoming election.