Salary.com Offers 2022 Compensation Best Practices E-book

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Salary.com, an MHA Endorsed Business Partner, is sharing its 10 Compensation Best Practices” e-book as a resource for hospital leaders to consider in developing compensation strategies.

Hospitals and health systems continue to transform, and compensation practices need to keep pace. Staff retention has become a top concern, and diversity and pay equality issues are critically important.

An organization’s compensation philosophy is the first step toward fair and competitive pay, leading to higher retention rates and the ability to attract top talent. Employers can open the level of transparency throughout the organization and develop trust among employees. The philosophy will help answer employees’ questions about how their pay is determined.

Downloading Salary.com’s “10 Compensation Best Practices” e-book will help healthcare leaders review their compensation philosophy in the context of today’s human resources challenges and discover other strategies for setting appropriate pay structures in 2022.

Members with questions may contact Kevin Plunkett at Salary.com. For more information on the MHA Endorsed Business Partner program, contact Rob Wood at the MHA.

Salary.com Shares Resources for Developing Compensation Strategies

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As part of an educational series from the MHA Endorsed Business Partners, Salary.com shared the following three resources for hospital leaders to consider in developing compensation strategies.

As part of its Get Pay Right podcast series, Salary.com explores Remote Work and Compensation. In this episode, Salary.com leaders share insights from the latest research and discuss how to define a strategy for remote pay and ways to address the impact on compensation, pay equity and culture.

As organizations evaluate their post-pandemic hiring practices, many are offering signing bonuses to stand out in the shifting war for talent, but is this a short-term fix? Salary.com’s recent New Hire Pay Practices Pulse Survey shows the extent to which organizations are increasing pay levels to attract top talent and how new hire pay practices are impacting internal equity. The results highlight important findings that organizations should consider as they define their post-pandemic practices.

Finally, Salary.com shared new findings from the annual National Salary Budget Survey. Planned 2022 salary increases for U.S. workers are trending upward, breaking a 10-year flat cycle. Forty one percent of organizations will have a higher salary increase budget in 2022 than 2021.

Members with questions may contact Kevin Plunkett at Salary.com. For more information on the MHA Endorsed Business Partner program, contact Rob Wood at the MHA.

CyberForce|Q Offers Continuous, Collective Approach to Cybersecurity Assessments

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The MHA’s newest Endorsed Business Partner, CyberForce|Q, offers a new approach to cybersecurity for healthcare organizations. CEO Eric Eder described a situation where a rural healthcare system’s CEO shared his organization’s experience from a cybersecurity breach. It involved a ransomware attack that took the hospital offline for two weeks and was still being restored five months later.

The CEO indicated that the organization’s last cybersecurity assessment was performed three years prior and many of the findings were either forgotten or no longer relevant. Its already overwhelmed IT staff struggled to act on findings from seven different assessments performed by five different consultants. Many organizations face similar issues, but CyberForce|Q offers an approach that has proved more effective and more efficient than traditional assessments.

The first step in this approach is to advance from relying upon infrequent and disparate cybersecurity assessments to a continuous assessment model. This model still informs specific controls, but it is also workflow integrated, updated in nearly real time with objective metrics and realigns tactics with strategy every month. The model allows healthcare participants to share benchmark data and best practices.

Created by healthcare for healthcare, the Healthcare Security Operations Center (HSOC) provides collective cybersecurity defense for healthcare 24/7/365. Being part of a collective defense has proved to prevent breaches from happening in the first place. The idea for the HSOC is rooted in trusted sharing established by hospital associations where members can work on solving industry problems together, sharing tactical ideas and best practices to protect all hospitals within the HSOC environment. This continuous and collective approach could benefit Michigan healthcare organizations as they seek efficiency and effectiveness from their cybersecurity technology investments.

CyberForce|Q is offering a virtual event from 10 to 11 a.m. EDT July 14 as part of its Coffee and Collaboration series, where MHA CEO Brian Peters will discuss ways to speak to those in the healthcare C-suite about cybersecurity and will provide insights into emerging issues confronting the healthcare field​. The session is free of charge, but registration is required to receive connection information.

For more information on the MHA Endorsed Business Partner program, contact Rob Wood at the MHA.

Placing Clinicians in One Week at the Start of COVID-19 in NYC

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Medical SolutionsDue to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases at the beginning of the pandemic, a hospital turned to Medical Solutions, its trusted staffing partner, to address its demand for needing skilled clinicians in New York as quickly as possible. Medical Solutions is an endorsed business partner of the MHA and a leading provider of innovative staffing support through its Managed Services Provider program.

A case study from Medical Solutions details the lessons learned from this partnership:

  • Pick the Right Partner – Medical Solutions had an eight-year staffing relationship with this hospital system. Familiarity and trust were critical to finding ways to move quickly.
  • Efficient Interviewing – To efficiently find nurses and ensure the facility directors continued to provide patient care, Medical Solutions’ internal nurse managers conducted interviews and made offers.
  • Operational Support – Medical Solutions handled administrative tasks like recruiting and onboarding, communicating with multiple agencies, and maintaining compliance standards to reduce the strain on hospital staff.
  • Licensing Changes – An allowance in the state licensure expanded the candidate pool and improved the ability to find qualified clinicians. 

To learn more about Medical Solutions, contact Rory Audino at (402) 986-5167 or Blake Sorrell at (402) 401-4505.  For more information on the MHA Endorsed Business Partner program, contact Rob Wood at the MHA.

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.

Resources Available for Complying with CMS Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule

The MHA hosted a webinar Nov. 10 to assist members in complying with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital price transparency final rule that takes effect Jan. 1. Hospitals will be required to post online, in a machine-readable format, their standard charges for all items and services provided and payer-specific negotiated rates for 300 “shoppable” services.

A recording of the webinar is available online for those who were unable to participate. Members with questions should contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Another opportunity for hospital finance leaders to learn about the transparency regulations and resources available for purchase to assist with compliance is available Nov. 18, when representatives from PARA HealthCare Analytics will present an interactive webinar to explore solutions and strategies for compliance with the price transparency rule. PARA is a new MHA endorsed business partner that specializes in the healthcare revenue cycle. For more information on the Nov. 18 webinar, contact Rob Wood at the MHA.

Salary.com Survey Report Describes COVID-19 Impact on Compensation, Benefits

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Salary.comSalary.com, an endorsed business partner of the MHA and a leading software provider of cloud-based compensation data, software and analytics, released new survey data that shows 66% of employers either reduced their workforce or negatively impacted employee pay in response to COVID-19, though just 10% of survey respondents expect the layoffs to be permanent.

The downloadable summary report provides the results of the COVID-19 Compensation and Benefits Impact Survey that Salary.com conducted in mid-April. The survey targeted 1,176 compensation managers across the U.S. and Canada to better understand the full range of actions that employers and human resources professionals are taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report provides details on industries most impacted by the current crisis, as well as how organizations are adjusting base and variable pay and long-term compensation strategies.

Industries such as healthcare, retail (brick and mortar), manufacturing, and nonprofits — hit the hardest by the economic downturn — were more likely to take multiple negative actions that impacted employee pay. For all industries, 20% of employers eliminated planned merit raises for 2020 and another 24% are postponing merit increases. Within the healthcare sector, 52% indicated no change in merit increases in 2020, with another 31% indicating they did not know whether there would be a change. In terms of staffing, 26% of healthcare sector respondents implemented furloughs compared to an average of 30% in all industries. Additionally, 16% of healthcare respondents indicated an increase in temporary hiring, with another 15% indicating an increase in permanent hiring.

Salary.com plans to update the survey data quarterly to help organizations with total compensation decisions. Information on the complete Salary.com survey catalog and how to participate in future surveys, including the COVID-19 Compensation and Benefits Impact Survey and the 2020 Salary Budget Survey, is available on the Salary.com website. Members with questions may contact Greg Leonard at Salary.com. For more information on the MHA Endorsed Business Partner program, contact Rob Wood at the MHA.

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

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COVID-19 UpdateGov. Gretchen Whitmer announced June 1 that certain sectors of Michigan’s economy would reopen across the state and the “safer at home” executive order was rescinded effective immediately. In a June 5 news conference, the governor stated that, effective June 10, the Upper Peninsula and 17 counties in the northern Lower Peninsula can allow larger numbers of people to gather if social distancing guidelines are observed. In addition, personal care services such as hair salons and gyms that follow safety guidelines will be allowed to reopen statewide effective June 15.

As these changes take place, the MHA will continue to keep members apprised of these and other developments during the COVID-19 pandemic through regular email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. Important updates on how the pandemic is affecting Michigan hospitals are outlined below.

State Directives Affect Healthcare Facility Visitors, Emergency Certificates of Need

The governor has extended Executive Order (EO) 2020-108 regulating visitors entering health facilities through June 26. However, a June 3 order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) effectively creates a separate set of visitor restrictions for the facilities to which it applies (hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics and doctors’ offices). The new visitor policy does not prohibit providers from implementing additional restrictions; however, antidiscrimination/disability requirements apply to people who provide support for disabled or impaired patients. In addition, the MDHHS order applies only to people visiting patients and not to employees or contractors of the facility, who are addressed by other orders. MHA members with questions about the MDHHS guidelines should contact Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA.

The order that allowed for swift approval of emergency certificates of need (CON) to increase hospital capacity was rescinded June 3, effective immediately. Hospitals that set up emergency CON beds/capacities under EO 2020-82 may retain them through July 31. The MHA is seeking further clarification on spaces that were set up under EO 2020-82 and will inform members of any additional guidance received. Those with question should contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

In addition, the state has launched the MI Symptoms web portal that allows individuals to create an account and track their possible COVID-19 symptoms, find testing information and more. The MDHHS also announced June 5 that the state’s coronavirus webpage now contains data that conveys information in several additional categories.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Extends Prior Authorization Suspension

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) recently announced it will extend through June 12 its prior authorization suspension for all inpatient acute-care hospital admissions for all diagnoses. Prior authorization has also been suspended through June 30 for the first three days of all skilled nursing facility admissions for patients who transfer from an acute-care hospital. BCBSM has provided guidance regarding its temporary utilization management program changes. Members with questions may contact Jason Jorkasky at the MHA.

 Additional information on the COVID-19 pandemic is available to members on the MHA Community Site and the MHA COVID-19 webpage. If staff members at MHA-member facilities are not receiving necessary information from the MHA, they are asked to check the spam/junk mail folders in their email systems or ask their information technology departments to ensure MHA messages are not being blocked.

Questions on COVID-19 and infectious disease response strategies may be directed to the MDHHS Community Health Emergency Coordination Center (CHECC). Members with MHA-specific questions should contact the following MHA staff members:

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of May 18

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MHA COVID-19 UpdateThe MHA has continued to keep members apprised of developments during the COVID-19 pandemic through regular email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. Important updates on how the pandemic is affecting Michigan hospitals are outlined below.

Executive Order 2020-17 Rescinded, Other Restrictions Eased

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced May 21 that she is rescinding Executive Order (EO) 2020-17 effective May 29. This EO was issued in March and banned “nonessential” medical procedures in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and dentists’ offices. The MHA issued a media statement in support of her action and will continue to run statewide television and social media ads urging people not to delay care and assuring that hospitals are safe places to receive services.

The governor also announced during a May 21 news conference that auto dealerships, retailers and veterinarians can open to the public, by appointment only, effective May 29, and that, effective immediately, groups of 10 or fewer people may gather outside of their homes. Whitmer announced May 18 that the Upper Peninsula (Region 8) and 17 counties in northern lower Michigan (Region 6) will be permitted to partially reopen their economies May 22, in accordance with the “Safe Start” recommendations developed by the Michigan Economic Recovery Council.

Liability Protections for Healthcare Workers, Facilities

The MHA testified May 19 via videoconference before the state House Judiciary Committee to advocate for Senate Bill (SB) 899, which offers strong and broad liability protections for healthcare workers and facilities treating COVID-19 patients. The MHA and members have identified this as an important element to operating within pandemic and emergency situations. A variety of other healthcare groups submitted cards of support for the bill, including the Michigan State Medical Society and the Healthcare Association of Michigan, which represents long-term care facilities.

SB 899 originally passed the Senate May 7. The MHA will continue to work with members of the House of Representatives as the legislation progresses to support healthcare personnel responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members with questions may contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

Laboratories and Testing

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) announced May 18 that the Laboratory Emergency Response Network (MiCLERN) hotline will be taken offline at 5 p.m. ET May 22. The announcement stated that this is due to “recent changes to COVID-19 prioritization criteria and stabilized testing capacity that no longer requires prior issuance of Person Under Investigation (PUI) identifiers for MDHHS Bureau of Laboratory (BOL) testing of COVID-19 specimens.” The state clarified that COVID-19 specimens that are sent to the state laboratory no longer require a PUI form, but should still include the State of Michigan Test Requisition form (DCH-0583) and two unique identifiers.

Hospitals in need of swabs and transport media for testing are reminded to report their needs to the BOL by sending an email to MDHHSLab@michigan.gov using the subject line “EM COVID-19 Supplies,” per recent guidance shared with members in the May 6 email update. Members with questions should contact Brittany Bogan at the MHA.

MVC Offers Resources for Resuming Non-COVID Procedures

The Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC) represents a partnership among 87 Michigan hospitals and 40 physician organizations that aims to improve the health of Michigan through sustainable high-value healthcare. Supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the MVC helps its members better understand their performance using robust multipayer data, customized analytics and at-the-elbow support.

To assist hospital systems with prioritizing the restart of surgical services with the least impact on caring for remaining COVID-19 patients, the MVC has designed reports that display resource utilization metrics at a statewide and member hospital level for 17 elective surgical procedures. More information is available by contacting the MHA Keystone Center.

Pharmacy Refill Order Extended

The governor signed EO 2020-93 May 19, extending a previous order giving pharmacists increased operational capacity. It also expands access to prescriptions for patients. The order allows pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurers to cover early refills for up to a 90-day supply during the pandemic. It also allows pharmacists to dispense COVID-19 treatments according to government-approved protocols. EO 2020-93 took immediate effect and will expire at 11:59 p.m. June 16, 2020. Members with questions may contact Paige Fults at the MHA.

EMResource Now Tracking Psychiatric Facility Data

The state of Michigan recently launched a new module in EMResource targeted toward freestanding psychiatric facilities. The data collected in this new module requests data on beds, COVID-19 patients, staffing and personal protective equipment availability. Psychiatric facilities are required to report this information weekly by 11:59 p.m. ET every Friday. The MHA is seeking clarification from the state on whether this data will also be posted to its COVID-19 data website alongside existing health system/hospital data on related measures, or on any other public website. Members with questions may contact Jim Lee at the MHA.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

A Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity webinar on the clinical characteristics of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 is now available online. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) hosted the webinar May 19. The MDHHS reported that, since April 1, there have been 28 identified cases in Michigan, and treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin and steroids is proving to be effective. The CDC issued a Health Advisory May 14 and recommends healthcare providers report any patient who meets the case definition to local and state health departments to enhance knowledge of risk factors, clinical course, and treatment of this syndrome.

Healthcare Workers Still Permitted to Cross Closed Canadian Borders

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security May 19 reissued its order closing the United States – Canadian ground border through 11:59 p.m. ET June 22. Healthcare workers will continue to be permitted to cross to report to work.

Additional information on the COVID-19 pandemic is available to members on the MHA Community Site and the MHA COVID-19 webpage. If staff members at MHA-member facilities are not receiving necessary information from the MHA, they are asked to check the spam/junk mail folders in their email systems or ask their information technology departments to ensure MHA messages are not being blocked.

Questions on COVID-19 and infectious disease response strategies may be directed to the MDHHS Community Health Emergency Coordination Center (CHECC). Members with MHA-specific questions should contact the following MHA staff members:

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of May 11

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Despite slowing rates of infection, the state of Michigan surpassed 50,000 COVID-19 cases May 15. The MHA has continued to send regular updates to MHA members on matters related to the pandemic. Additional updates and resources are available on the MHA COVID-19 webpage. Following are highlights from the week of May 11.

Funding

The federal Family First Coronavirus Act provided a temporary 6.2 percentage point increase to the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) rate effective Jan. 1, 2020, through the end of the quarter in which the federal emergency expires, at least through June 30. Because of the increased FMAP rate, Michigan hospitals paid $29 million less tax to support supplemental Medicaid payments for the two most recent quarters. The MHA will provide additional information on the enhanced rate changes as it becomes available. Members with questions may contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA.

An extended increase in the FMAP rate is one aspect of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act that the U.S. House of Representatives introduced May 12. Developed by House Democrats and passed by the full House late May 15, this COVID-19 response package includes several positive items for hospitals and health systems.

The act would increase the FMAP by 14 percentage points from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, returning to 6.2 percentage points for the subsequent year. Some of the additional healthcare-related provisions include:

  • $100 billion for hospital and healthcare providers to be reimbursed for healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue directly attributable to the public health emergency.
  • $75 billion to bolster testing and contact tracing efforts.
  • Modified terms for the accelerated and advanced payments available through the Medicare program.
  • Elimination of cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment in most forms of healthcare coverage.
  • Increased research of the impact of COVID-19 on behavioral health, including the impact on healthcare providers.
  • Nearly $1 trillion for states and local governments to respond to COVID-19.
  • Numerous changes to Medicare, Medicaid and other health programs.

The MHA will continue to express support for passage of this package with the Michigan congressional delegation. Members with questions may contact Laura Appel at the MHA.

Testing Updates

As the criteria for those eligible to receive a COVID-19 test has expanded, the state has focused on increased testing among four vulnerable populations: residents in long-term care facilities, residents in assisted living facilities, inmates in prisons and county jails, and the homeless/underserved. At the same time, the state is supporting the launch of several new drive-thru and community-based testing sites in targeted counties, cities and neighborhoods that have been most impacted by COVID-19. A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued to set up these COVID-19 test sites around the state. The submission deadline for proposals is 11:50 a.m. May 18. A link to the RFP and additional information was sent to members in the May 14 email update. Members with questions may contact Brittany Bogan at the MHA.

Michigan Chief Medical Executive Joneigh Khaldun, MD, has clarified her April 20 memo regarding expanded criteria for COVID-19 testing eligibility. Although the memo allows for asymptomatic healthcare works and first responders, as well as critical infrastructure workers with or without COVID-19 symptoms, there is no requirement for healthcare providers to test any certain population. The expanded criteria are meant to allow for testing of these individuals if testing supplies are available.

Remdesivir Distribution

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified the MHA that the state received from the federal government 1,600 vials of the antiviral medication remdesivir May 9 and distributed them to 41 Michigan hospitals, in accordance with an “Interim Emergency Allocation Strategy” developed by the MDHHS. Remdesivir has been authorized for emergency use in the U.S. to potentially shorten the effects of COVID-19. The state received another supply of the drug May 14 and gathered data to determine the hospitals to distribute it to.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has set 11:59 p.m. ET May 18 as the next deadline for submitting data to inform the agency's distribution of its limited supply of remdesivir. Hospitals that already use the TeleTracking web portal for their daily reporting need to do nothing differently for this remdesivir data collection, except to ensure these data are submitted by the May 18 deadline. If hospitals encounter issues with accessing the TeleTracking portal or have questions about the data, they should contact TeleTracking Technical Support at (877) 570-6903.

The HHS will allocate all of the donated supply of remdesivir from Gilead in the coming weeks and anticipates that no more will be available in the U.S. until the fall or later. Thus, hospitals that receive an allocation should carefully consider decisions about how the drug is used. Members with questions may contact Laura Appel at the MHA.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

The MDHHS issued a notice to healthcare providers May 15 regarding the symptoms of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a condition related to COVID-19. Access to the notice was sent to members in the May 15 email update.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided additional background information on several cases of MIS-C and a case definition for this syndrome. The MIS-C case definition is as follows:

  • An individual under 21 years of age presenting with fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation, and evidence of clinically severe illness requiring hospitalization, with multisystem (>2) organ involvement (cardiac, renal, respiratory, hematologic, gastrointestinal, dermatologic or neurological); AND
  • No alternative plausible diagnoses; AND
  • Positive for current or recent SARS-CoV-2 infection by RT-PCR, serology, or antigen test; or COVID-19 exposure within the 4 weeks prior to the onset of symptoms

According to the state, “The CDC recommends healthcare providers report any patient who meets the case definition to local, state, and territorial health departments to enhance knowledge of risk factors, pathogenesis, clinical course, and treatment of this syndrome.” Although some individuals may have symptoms of Kawasaki disease, they should be reported if they meet the MIS-C case definition. The MIS-C diagnosis should also be considered in any pediatric death with evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Emergency CON Executive Order Extended to June 9

The governor issued Executive Order (EO) 2020-82 May 12, extending emergency Certificate of Need (CON) flexibility for healthcare providers to June 9. Initially, these CON measures were part of EO 2020-49, which was set to expire May 12. The EO relaxes regulatory requirements on hospitals and healthcare facilities that need to expand capacity to care for COVID-19 patients. The order also grants additional flexibility in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ decisions about licensing, registration and workflow requirements to help ensure adequate numbers of care providers. Members with questions may contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

Telehealth Legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives acted on telehealth legislation May 13, passing bills that would expand access and improve reimbursement for telehealth services. The bipartisan package was introduced before the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is renewed urgency given the current necessity for telehealth services (see related article).

Reporting Deaths Due to COVID-19

The MDHHS recently provided guidance for healthcare providers on procedures to follow when someone dies of COVID-19 in their facility. The local health officer should be informed of the death between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. the day the death occurs, seven days a week. Deaths occurring after 5 p.m. should be reported as soon as possible the following morning, but no more than 24 hours following the death. The MDHHS has provided more information online for reporting deaths from COVID-19.

Additional information on the COVID-19 pandemic is available to members on the MHA Community Site and the MHA COVID-19 webpage. If staff members at MHA-member facilities are not receiving necessary information from the MHA, they are asked to check the spam/junk mail folders in their email systems or ask their information technology departments to ensure MHA messages are not being blocked.

Questions on COVID-19 and infectious disease response strategies may be directed to the MDHHS Community Health Emergency Coordination Center (CHECC). Members with MHA-specific questions should contact the following MHA staff members: