MHA Monday Report April 25, 2022

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Senate Moves Appropriations Subcommittee Budgets and Advances Opioid Settlement Legislation

The Michigan Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services reported out April 20 their budget recommendation for the fiscal year 2023 budget beginning Oct. 1. Senate Bill 828 protects hospital priorities including maintaining funding for the Healthy Michigan Plan …


DIFS Utilization Review Decisions Favor Hospitals

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) issued in early April two important utilization review decisions in favor of hospitals related to auto no-fault insurance reimbursement. Under the new system enacted as part of Public Act 21 of 2019, hospitals …


LARA Rules Requiring Implicit Bias Training Take Effect June 1

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) revised Public Health Code Rules requiring implicit bias training for all professions licensed or registered under the Public Health Code, except for Veterinary Medicine, effective June 1. …


CMS Releases FY 2023 Proposed Rule to Update Hospital IPPS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service hospital inpatient prospective payment system for fiscal year 2023. When all proposed changes are considered, the rule is expected to result in a net decrease …


Cybersecurity Member Forum Scheduled for June 2

The MHA will host a cybersecurity member forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at the Henry Center for Executive Development. Increasing cybersecurity threats support the need for leaders to identify vulnerabilities of medical devices and supply chains, to select staff who can lead threat mitigation …


Long-term Acute-care Hospital Payment System Proposed Rule Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service long-term care hospital prospective payment system for fiscal year 2023. …


Webinar Focused on Long-Term Goal Planning and Accountability

Successful stewardship of an organization is central to the role of governance. In many boardrooms, an inward, short-term operational focus robs governing boards of their attention to external forces and long-term strategic imperatives. It takes discipline and a symbiotic relationship between the board …


Nurse Preceptor and Clinical Faculty Academy Available Online

New nurses can be overwhelmed with responsibilities, which is why nurse preceptors make a difference. Nurse preceptors help new nurses develop their professional identity, access appropriate clinical research and learn from mistakes. …


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Why Not-for-profit Hospitals Are Soft Targets

“Last week, the Lown Institute issued its latest report card on not-for-profit hospitals finding most undeserving of their tax breaks. …

“In response, the American Hospital Association (AHA) released a statement criticizing the Lown Institute’s ‘faulty methodology’ and defending hospitals’ use of financial resources.”

Paul Keckley, April 18, 2022

MHA Monday Report Oct. 4, 2021

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State Budget Signed, Healthcare Policy Bills Advanced

The week of Sept. 27 was highlighted by the governor signing the fiscal year (FY) 2022 state budget, legislative passage of a funding bill for the statewide trauma system, and policy bills in both the …


Apply by Oct. 26 for Additional COVID-19 Provider Funds

The Health Resources Services Administration recently opened an application process for $25.5 billion in federal COVID-19 funding for providers. The same application process is used for both Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan Rural payments. …


Identify Cybersecurity Risks at Member Forum

An upcoming MHA member forum designed for both technical and nontechnical leaders will aid participants in testing their organizations’ digital risk and mitigation strategies. The MHA cybersecurity member forum will take place from 9 a.m. …


Resources Available to Plan Care for Afghan Refugees

To help members prepare for the potential influx of Afghan refugees to Michigan and neighboring states, the MHA is compiling relevant information for providing healthcare …


PSOSafe Table to Address Pediatric Care During COVID-19

The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization is hosting a safe table to investigate and discuss healthcare adversities facing the pediatric population, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The safe table will be held virtually …


Register Now for Member Forum Reviewing MHA Strategic Action Plan

An MHA virtual member forum will outline the association’s 2021-2022 strategic action plan approved by the MHA Board of Trustees in August. The forum will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 15 to review the plan’s priorities, potential tactics to accomplish …


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CEO Report — Our Commitment to Safety and Quality

MHA CEO Brian Peters discusses the work and successes of the MHA Keystone Center following Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announcing last month a $5 million commitment through 2024 to support the MHA Keystone Center’s expanded quality and safety improvement programs.


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Hospital Finances in 2021: What We Know for Sure

“Last week, Kaufman, Hall and Associates released its outlook for hospital finances for the rest of 2021. …

“In response, the American Hospital Association issued a statement: ‘If there were no relief funds from the federal government, losses in net income would be as high as $92 billion, which further emphasizes the magnitude of losses hospitals will likely continue to face through the end of 2021.’”

Paul Keckley, Sept. 27, 2021


MHA in the News

The MHA responded to several media requests the week of Sept. 27 that focused on the signing of the fiscal year 2022 state budget by Gov. Whitmer and the healthcare workforce crisis.


News to Know

  • The Michigan Health Policy Forum will conduct its Fall Forum virtually from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15.
  • Michigan’s 2021 Fall Immunization Conferences will be held virtually from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 and 14.

News to Know – Week of October 4

The Michigan Health Policy Forum will conduct its Fall Forum virtually from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Speakers will present on topics relating to the theme “Justice from the Start: Improving Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes through Birth Equity.” Registration for the Zoom event is available online, and questions may be directed to Kathy Stiffler, executive director of the forum. The MHA is a sponsor of the forum and is represented on its advisory board.

Michigan’s 2021 Fall Immunization Conferences will be held virtually from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 and 14. Identical content will be offered each day. Information on continuing education credits, individual and group registration, and more is available online. Questions may be directed to Connie DeMars at Michigan State University.

MHA Monday Report Sept. 13, 2021

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Weeks of Aug. 30 and Sept. 6

The MHA and its member hospitals continue to urge residents to get vaccinated to guard against the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19. As of Sept. 8, more than 66% of Michiganders 16 and older had received at least one dose of the lifesaving vaccine, and 56.5% of all eligible residents aged 12 and older were fully …


News Reporters Join “Healthy Communities, Healthy Economies” Press Event

The MHA conducted Sept. 9 a virtual press conference in partnership with the Small Business Association of Michigan featuring Michigan hospital and business leaders calling upon residents to support “Healthy Communities, Healthy Economies” by …


Senate Health Policy Committee Hears Testimony

The Senate Health Policy and Human Resources Committee took testimony Sept. 9 on a pair of bills relevant to Michigan hospitals as the Legislature returned to regular session following its summer break. …


CEO Report — Healthy Communities, Healthy Economies

MHA CEO Brian Peters discusses how hospital operations, public health, and economic vitality are all inextricably linked in Michigan communities, particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Registration Open for Michigan Health Equity Summit

The MHA Keystone Center is partnering with the Michigan Public Health Institute and the Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy to host a Michigan Health Equity Summit from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 3. …


Louisiana Care Fund Set Up for Hurricane Relief

The Louisiana Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, has established the Louisiana Care Fund in the wake of Hurricane Ida. The fund will aid …


Registration Required for Sept. 20 Launch of OBRA Electronic System

MHA members are encouraged to complete registration for the new electronic system that will be used to complete required Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act forms 3877 and 3878 beginning Sept. 20. The new electronic system will replace …


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The Medicare Trustees 2021 Report: Two Key Takeaways for Health Industry Stakeholders

“Last Tuesday, the Medicare Trustees* released the 56th annual report to Congress on the fiscal status of the program that serves 62.6-million Americans and represents 20% of total federal spending–$925.8 billion in 2020.”

Paul Keckley, Sept. 7, 2021


MHA in the News

In addition to news coverage from the MHA’s Sept. 9 press event (see story above), MHA CEO Brian Peters discussed critical hospital staffing challenges in a story published Sept. 6 by The Detroit News, an issue that spans all areas of hospital operations and Michigan regions.

“We’re experiencing a severe issue at this moment because of the pandemic and related issues, but we’ve known about a nursing shortage coming down the line for some time,” said Peters. “The pandemic has just poured gasoline on that fire.”

MHA Monday Report March 8, 2021

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of March 1

State data as of March 3 indicated that Michigan has received more than 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and administered more than 2.4 million vaccinations, marking a significant improvement in protection against the coronavirus …


MHA Members Provide Committee Testimony on CRNA Legislation

Health policy committees in both the state House and Senate addressed legislation relevant to hospitals during the week of March 1. The House took testimony on several bills from the recently introduced reform package, while the …


Advancing Safe Care Award Honors Hospital Teams Committed to Quality

The MHA Advancing Safe Care Award recognizes teams of healthcare professionals in Michigan hospitals that are fiercely committed to providing safe, quality care for all their patients. Nominations will be accepted for the 2021 …


MHA Webinar to Focus on Mitigating Violence Amid COVID-19

The MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative is hosting a webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. April 27 to address workplace violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Violence in healthcare is a well-documented, pervasive and underreported threat to …


Salary Benchmarking is an Important Consideration in Setting Competitive Pay

Salary benchmarking is a process by which managers match internal jobs and their descriptions to similar jobs and descriptions in a salary survey or other source of market pay data to identify the market pay rate for each position. As one of MHA’s 


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The Stimulus Bill Offers No Lifeline to Healthcare Providers

“Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package by a 219 to 212 vote along party lines. The American Rescue Plan now goes to the Senate where supporters hope it will be passed and sent to President Biden on or before the March 14 extension of unemployment benefits from previous relief funds.”

Paul Keckley. March 1, 2021


News to Know

The MHA Keystone Patient Safety Organization Annual Meeting will be held virtually the mornings of March 9 and 10, beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day.


MHA in the News

Several news outlets across Michigan included a statement of support from MHA CEO Brian Peters on expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in March.

News to Know – Week of Dec. 21, 2020

The Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) helps employers recruit and retain medical, dental and mental health primary care providers to practice in underserved communities designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas. MSLRP will provide up to $200,000 in tax-free funds to repay selected applicants’ educational debt over a period of up to eight years of participation. Applications for 2021 will be accepted only from March 1 through March 5 and must be submitted through the File Transfer Application System. Strict procedures govern the application process, and providers are encouraged to thoroughly review the MSLRP website before applying. For more information, contact Brittany Brookshire at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The MHA Monday Report will not be published Dec. 28 and Jan. 4 due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. The next edition of Monday Report will be dated Jan. 11. Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!