Critical Access Hospital Infection Control Opportunity

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and its subsidiary organizations, APIC Consulting Services and the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, have joined together to launch the APIC Health Equity Fund. The APIC Health Equity Fund will help underwrite the cost of infection prevention and control (IPC) tools and resources for underserved U.S. communities. Critical Access Hospitals are eligible to apply for a scholarship that includes infection prevention services valued at more than $50,000, including APIC memberships, certification in infection control exams, annual conference registrations and 150 hours of IPC consulting.

Members with interested facilities are encouraged to submit an application by Sept. 30. For more details or to apply for this opportunity, please visit the APIC website.

Members with questions may contact Kelsey Ostergren at the MHA.

MDHHS Announces Grant and Scholarship Program for EMS Students

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a request for proposal for emergency medical services (EMS) workforce grants.

This program aims to address the statewide shortage of EMS personnel through scholarships and grants for EMS students. The aim is to continuously expand the workforce development program for individuals training in emergency medical services.

The MDHHS has identified two allowable uses for the funding:

  • Traditional grants, limited to $2,000 per emergency medical technician (EMT) student and $20,000 per paramedic student, to cover costs of tuition and associated fees for training at a Michigan-approved education program.
  • Hourly reimbursement for time spent in EMS training programs at a rate of $15 per hour, up to a maximum of $16,000 per paramedic student or $3,000 per EMT student.

The award period begins Oct. 1, 2023, and ends Sept. 30, 2024. The MDHHS expects to award approximately $1 million in grants, with a maximum of $75,000 for an applicant.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the EGrAMS program by 3 p.m. July 7, 2023. A recording of the pre-application conference held May 31 is available to provide instructions on using the EGrAMS system.

For more information or to apply, visit the EGrAMS website.

Members with questions should contact Lauren LaPine at the MHA.

Licensing and Regulatory Updates

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) recently published updated rules related to hospitals. Those updates include the following:

  • Final EMS Life Support Agencies and Medical Control Rule: The final rule, effective May 19, 2023, discontinues the Certificate of Need of air ambulance services and updates the medical care requirements for air ambulance services.
  • Final Center Fill Pharmacies Rule: The final rule, effective May 19, 2023, updates record timelines for keeping prescriptions on file and defining central fill and shared pharmacy services.
  • Draft Board of Nursing – General Rules: The latest Board of Nursing draft rules address the NCLEX examination, clarify nursing education program requirements and continuing education, and modify the nurse professional fund scholarship program requirements.

Members with questions should contact Renée Smiddy at the MHA.