Headline Roundup: Week of Nov. 15 for COVID-19 in Michigan

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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 state that include statements from the MHA.

Sunday, Nov. 21

Thursday, Nov. 18

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Monday, Nov. 15

Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA.

Media Recap: Price Transparency & Staffing Crisis

The MHA responded to several media requests the week of Oct. 25 that focused on hospital price transparency and the on-going staffing crisis.

The Detroit News published Oct. 24 a story on the staffing shortage impacting EMS workers and touched on the staffing crisis impacting hospitals. MHA CEO Brian Peters is quoted in the story discussing the lack of availability of transport for patients to lower levels of care, resulting in increased cost and strain to the healthcare system.

“They are in crisis mode,” said Peters. “These are not only front-line clinical staff who are in short supply, but also non-clinical staff. … We are struggling on both counts.”

The MHA also provided statements to stories published by Crain’s Detroit Business and WXYZ Detroit on the federal price transparency rule.

“In addition, there is ambiguity within the final rule that has left hospitals to interpret the level and detail of pricing information that should be provided to consumers,” said the statement published by Crain’s. “Hospitals and health systems are working diligently to comply with federal policies in their release of information.”

Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA.

Headline Roundup: Weeks of Nov. 23 and Nov. 30 for COVID-19 in Michigan

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MHA CEO Brian Peters interviewed by WXYZ Detroit on Tuesday, Dec. 1As Michigan hospitals address a second surge of COVID-19 patients, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to responding to the pandemic.

Below is a collection of headlines from around the state that include interviews or statements from the MHA.

Thursday, December 3

Wednesday, December 2

Tuesday, December 1

Wednesday, November 25

Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA.

Headline Roundup: Week of Nov. 9 for COVID-19 in Michigan

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As Michigan hospitals address a second surge of COVID-19 patients, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to responding to the pandemic.

MHA CEO Brian Peters joined CEOs of Michigan hospitals Nov. 12 during a virtual press conference organized by the Michigan Economic Recovery Council (MERC). Other participants included Henry Ford Health System President and CEO Wright Lassiter III, UP Health System Market President Gar Atchinson, Spectrum Health President & CEO Tina Freese Decker, Munson Health Care President & CEO Ed Ness and Beaumont Health President & CEO John Fox.

Below is a collection of headlines from around the state that include interviews or statements from the MHA, including coverage of the MERC Press Conference:

Sunday, November 15

Friday, November 13

Thursday, November 12

Tuesday, November 10

Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA.

Headline Roundup: CMO Joint Statement on COVID-19 Policies

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As Michigan hospitals continue to address the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the MHA released a joint statement on behalf of Chief Medical Officers and Chief Clinical Officers of Michigan Healthcare Systems and Hospitals regarding needed public actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Signing the joint statement were 28 hospital or health system leaders, including Gary Roth, DO, chief medical officer, MHA. Here are a few headlines from around the state.

Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA.

The Detroit News Publishes Vaccination Op-Ed from Partnership for Michigan's Health

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The Detroit News published a joint op-ed on vaccinations July 9 from the Partnership for Michigan’s Health, comprised of the MHA, the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Osteopathic Association.

Brian Peters, chief executive officer, MHA; Jeffrey Postlewaite, DO, president, Michigan Osteopathic Association; and S. Bobby Mukkamala, MD, president, Michigan State Medical Society, co-authored the op-ed.

Due to declining vaccination rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leaders of the three organizations call on the state Legislature and Gov. Whitmer to support vaccination public education efforts, specifically through the “I Vaccinate” campaign.

"Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show Michigan’s vaccination rates for children ages 18 and younger have dropped more than 20%, going from about two-thirds to less than half of children. This alarming decline has left Michigan communities vulnerable to outbreaks of other potentially deadly illnesses.

"Hospitals, doctors and public health experts are warning that like our economy, Michigan’s health care system is ill-prepared to handle two major disease outbreaks at once. 'I Vaccinate' helps people learn about and access vaccines that check the spread of additional communicable diseases that could strike at the same time as a second wave of COVID-19."

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Headline Roundup: COVID-19 Coverage

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COVID-19The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the first two presumed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan March 10. In response, the MHA released a statement on efforts Michigan hospitals are currently taking to be prepared to treat COVID-19 patients, as well as guidance for the public on visiting healthcare facilities while COVID-19 is active in Michigan.

As more cases have been confirmed, the MHA has responded to numerous requests, focusing on emergency preparedness. Here are a few headlines from around the state that include interviews or statements from the MHA:

Sunday, March 15

Saturday, March 14

Friday, March 13

Wednesday, March 11

The MHA will continue to provide weekly Monday Report updates on this issue, as well as email communications as often as necessary to ensure members remain informed. Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA.