Latest AHA Trustee Insights Outlines Physician Alignment and Consumerism Strategies

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. The October issue includes an article outlining the critical need for alignment of leadership between the physician organization and hospital on key priorities and initiatives that address clinician needs and challenges and why alignment is an essential retention strategy to the operating environment. The article poses questions the board should be answering to maintain physician relationships.

Another article outlines the importance of identifying what individuals want and value from their healthcare experience, empowering Patient and Family Engagement Advisory Councils (PFEAC) to manage this process and working with the PFEAC to set goals and track progress using consumer engagement and patient experience metrics.

This resource is available free for AHA members and at a cost for nonmembers. For information about MHA trustee resources or webinars, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Suicide Prevention Focus of AHA Trustee Insights

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and an opportunity to be reminded of the many resources available to support emotional well-being.

The September edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), features article about ways governing boards can support suicide prevention initiatives, both through quality and safety practices and through behavioral health networks offering services across the spectrum. Another article outlines how to recognize the behaviors of employees who experience burnout, depression and other forms of anxiety, ways to decrease stigma and interventions and treatments that reduce suicide risk.

This resource is available free for AHA members and at a cost for nonmembers. For information about MHA trustee resources or webinars, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Sept. 12, 2022

MHA Monday Report

Healthcare Remains Michigan’s Largest Private-sector Employer Despite Pandemic Losses

The Partnership for Michigan’s Health reports healthcare directly employed nearly 572,000 Michigan residents in 2020, demonstrating that healthcare continues to be the largest private-sector employer in the state despite staffing losses attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 release …


Lt. Gov. Hosted at Capitol Advocacy Center


MHA Drafts Comments on 340B Provisions and REH Payment Policies


MHA Offering Basics of Case Management Boot Camp


Implicit Bias Trainings Available to Meet LARA Requirement


Webinar Explores Guidelines for Strategic Planning


Virtual Nurse Preceptor Academy Supports New Employee Training and Retention


MHA CEO Report – Time to Focus on Cybersecurity


AHA Trustee Insights Outlines Financial Turnaround and Succession Planning


Paul KeckleyThe Keckley Report

In Campaign 2022, Healthcare Voters Will Matter More

“Today begins the countdown to election day November 8: in 63 days, voters will elect 36 Governors, 30 State Attorneys General, 27 Secretaries of State, 35 US Senators, 435 US House of Representatives and State Legislators in 46 states. It’s a consequential election for the country and for its healthcare industry…

Campaigns will avoid healthcare issues other than abortion. Conceding that healthcare is expensive and access uneven, most midterm campaigns will default to partisan themes…”

Paul Keckley, Sept. 6, 2022


News to Know

  • The deadline to provide contact information in preparation for the state’s anticipated grant program to implement an Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder program has been extended to Sept. 23.

MHA in the News

MHA CEO Brian Peters

AHA Trustee Insights Outlines Financial Turnaround and Succession Planning

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available.

The June issue includes an article written by leading governance expert Jamie Orlikoff, who discusses the severe financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and approaches for boards to effectively oversee the financial turnaround of their organizations.

Another article outlines the profoundly negative consequences of acute care hospital CEO turnover and why succession planning must match the organizations’ current talent with the needs of its future. Additionally, it offers recommendations for evidence-based succession planning.

These resources are available free for AHA members. For information about MHA trustee resources or webinars, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Feb. 21, 2022

MHA Monday Report

MHA Covid-19 updateCombating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Feb. 14

The current surge of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has continued its downward trend. The seven-day average of hospitalizations in the U.S. as of Feb. 13 was 80,185, down from 136,534 Jan. 20. Michigan hospitalizations for confirmed and suspected cases …


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Supplemental Budget Signed, Pharmacy Benefit Manager Legislation Passed

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Feb. 16 signed House Bill 5523, a $1.2 billion supplemental funding bill that focuses on keeping kids learning in-person and bolstering the state’s healthcare workforce. This legislation directs $300 million to …


MHA Virtual Member Forum to Review Strategic Action Plan Priorities

The MHA will host a virtual member forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 to outline the MHA 2021-2022 program year’s strategic action plan, which the MHA Board of Trustees approved in August. The forum will review the priorities set for the year, progress to date, and the tactics the …


Feb. 22 Webinar to Outline Housing Options for Those in Need

Throughout the pandemic, being nimble and recognizing that much in the social support sector is in flux has been crucial, as has being intentional about identifying key areas and needs, including housing. Housing interventions improve housing stability and health outcomes while decreasing healthcare …


Webinar Explores Changing Environment of Digital Marketing for Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly changing competitive environment are making the consumer digital experience a higher priority for healthcare marketers than ever before. With budgets rebounding and marketers accelerating efforts in personalization, healthcare marketers must invest in new …


WELL-B Program Registration Extended

Registration has been extended to March 29 for the Well-being Essentials for Learning Life-Balance webinar series. WELL-B is a behavioral health training program for the healthcare workforce that delivers weekly webinars on evidence-based well-being topics, including prevalence …


Eligibility Expanded for ED Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Initiative

In partnership with the MHA Keystone Center, the Michigan Opioid Partnership and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has launched an Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder …


Workforce, Operational Challenges Addressed at MHASC Board, HR Committee Meetings

At its Feb. 9 meeting, the MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) board focused on supporting MHA Strategic Action Plan priorities including behavioral health, workforce sustainability, data strategy, cybersecurity and diversifying MHASC products, services, and partnerships. To receive an update …


Online Workforce Solutions Available

The MHA and the Michigan Health Council announced two offerings as means for strengthening the nursing workforce. The Clinical Faculty Academy is designed to expand the pool of nurses involved in educating the next generation of nurses and to increase nursing school enrollments. …


Submit Proposals to Present at The Root Cause Coalition National Summit

The MHA is a member of The Root Cause Coalition, whose mission is to reverse and end the systemic root causes of health inequities for individuals and communities through cross-sector partnerships. The coalition has opened its request for proposals to present at the seventh National Summit on the …


Latest AHA Trustee Insights Highlights Board Engagement

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association, is now available and contains valuable information on board engagement. COVID-19 has tested boards’ abilities to lead in times of prolonged and daunting pressures, and time …


Laura Appel speaks Feb. 14 with WILX News 10.

Media Recap: Appel Discusses Workforce Issues

Laura Appel, senior vice president, health policy & innovation, MHA, was quoted in stories the week of Feb. 14 discussing issues impacting the healthcare workforce. Hospitals across the country are concerned about anticompetitive activity and questionable pricing from …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

The Healthcare Value Agenda 3.0: What to Expect in 2022 and Beyond

“The value agenda in U.S. healthcare is transitioning to version 3.0. While the aim of replacing fee-for-service incentives remains the same, the next version will be decidedly different.”

Paul Keckley, Feb. 14, 2022

Latest AHA Trustee Insights Highlights Board Engagement

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available and contains valuable information on board engagement.

COVID-19 has tested boards’ abilities to lead in times of prolonged and daunting pressures, and time spent together as a board has been significantly challenged. Conducting a board assessment is one of the most important actions a board can take to evaluate and better understand trustee engagement and leadership effectiveness. Engaged trustees consistently ask themselves questions like, “What do we know today that we didn’t know yesterday?” If the board is not focused on learning and engagement, a lack of understanding about the impact of trends on the future well-being of their hospital or health system could be a problem. The February newsletter outlines actions to pulse check the board’s engagement, among other topics.

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free and do not require AHA membership.

For information about MHA trustee resources or webinars, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Jan. 24, 2022

MHA Monday Report

MICNP and MSMS Address Legislative Policy Panel

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened Jan. 19 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals. The meeting was highlighted by presentations from representatives of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners and the Michigan State Medical Society …


Grants Awarded to Address Substance Use Disorder in Upper Peninsula

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced Jan. 19 that four Upper Peninsula community organizations will receive $490,000 in grant funding to help them address gaps in service for individuals and families facing substance use disorder and to support the development and growth …


Register Now for Jan. 28 Workplace Violence Response Training

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare workers are five times more likely to suffer a workplace violence injury than workers overall. This affects workers not just physically, but mentally, contributing to burnout and worsening turnover. …


Virtual Breakthrough

MHA Breakthrough Discounts on Registration, Hotel Rates Expire Soon

The MHA’s major membership meeting Breakthrough will be held Feb. 17 and 18 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The early registration discount will expire Jan. 28 and the discounted room rate at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will expire Jan. 26. …


Nominations Open Through Feb. 18 for MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award

The valuable role of Michigan hospitals and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic is unmistakable. Brave personnel throughout these facilities have worked for two years to care for the staggering number of patients coming through their doors. …


Member Forum to Examine MHA Strategic Action Plan

The MHA will host a virtual member forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 to outline the MHA 2021-2022 program year’s strategic action plan, which the MHA Board of Trustees approved in August. The forum will review the priorities set for the year, progress to date, and the tactics the association will use to …


Trustees Strategic Planning Webinar and New AHA Trustee Insights Available

The webinar Governance Megatrends: What is the Impact on Your Board? Is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and will focus on relevant trends to the board and how to perform a comprehensive review of an existing strategic plan through pandemic-era eyes. Registrants will examine …


Salary.comSalary.com Offers 2022 Compensation Best Practices E-book

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 …


News to Know

  • The MHA will host a free Lunch and Learn webinar from noon to 12:45 p.m. ET Feb. 1 to provide an update on the latest labor market trends and leading practices to attract and keep valuable employees.
  • DataGen hosted a national webinar Jan. 19 to review the 2022 Medicare fee-for-service outpatient prospective payment system final rule and hospital impact analysis. A recording from the webinar is available online.

MHA in the News

WXYZ Detroit interviewed MHA CEO Brian Peters Jan. 19 to discuss the impact the COVID-19 surge is having on health systems statewide.


Trustees Strategic Planning Webinar and New AHA Trustee Insights Available

Trustees of healthcare organizations can benefit from two current resources designed specifically for them.

The webinar Governance Megatrends: What is the Impact on Your Board? Is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and will focus on relevant trends to the board and how to perform a comprehensive review of an existing strategic plan through pandemic-era eyes. Registrants will examine opportunities to improve clinical care in the post-acute setting and master new reimbursement models, as well as how to use Medicare claims data to gain valuable insights regarding referral sources’ needs. Suggested actions are paired with real stories demonstrating the value of these approaches. MHA members can register for $155 per hospital, with an unlimited number of connections within that hospital. The single connection fee does not apply to multiple sites within a health system.

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. The January issue discusses why governing boards must understand the nuances of inequities in their communities and how to provide care and contribute to their communities in a manner that is equitable. This issue provides 10 questions that can serve as critical conversation starters for trustees to develop actions that lead to genuine, systemic and sustainable positive change for underserved populations. The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free, and do not require AHA membership.

For information about MHA trustee resources or webinars, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Trustee Insights Highlights Crisis Standards of Care, Community Investment

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. This month’s issue features an article on crisis standards of care. In this severe pandemic, one of the most challenging demands that many hospitals may face is determining objective criteria and clinical guidelines for making decisions regarding the triage and management of COVID-19 patients. These patients may be competing for scarce resources, such as hospital emergency admissions, ventilators and other equipment, medications and intensive care resources, and the article outlines considerations for the board.

In addition, the newsletter features a video series and report outlining place-based investment, otherwise known as community investment, which helps create the social and physical environments that support community health over the long term. Hospitals and health systems are using this “anchor mission” strategy to address housing insecurity and other social determinants of health.

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free, do not require AHA membership and include articles, tools and webinars. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Nov. 22, 2021

MHA Monday Report

MHA Covid-19 updateCombating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Nov. 15

Michigan is once again among the states with the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the nation, with the New York Times reporting that Michigan and Minnesota lead the country in cases per capita. On Nov. 19, there were 3,424 adults hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, in addition to …


Out-of-state Licensure Provider Exemption to Expire Jan. 11

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has provided a 30-day notice that the out-of-state licensure provider exemption will no longer be in effect as of Jan. 11, 2022. The MHA worked with the state to develop this provision effective March 16, 2020, and to keep it in effect since …


Medicare Premiums and Deductibles Announced for 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that the Medicare Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $72 in calendar year  2022 to $1,556. The Part A daily coinsurance amounts …


Webinar Offered to Apprise Providers on Transgender Issues in Healthcare

Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals deal with many common fears that can be debilitating. Healthcare providers need to understand the obstacles that this population faces to improve medical care for their patients. The MHA Health Foundation Transgender Healthcare Dignity Model …


Prepare Now for March Application Period of State Loan Repayment Program

Applications for the 2022 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program will be accepted from March 7-11 through the File Transfer Application System. Providers should create an account in the system as soon as possible, but should not upload their MSLRP application documents before March 7. …


Trustee Insights Edition Highlights Workforce Trends

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association, is now available. This month’s issue includes a report on the latest forces and trends affecting healthcare human resources, including education, training and the evolving practice …


covidHeadline Roundup: Week of Nov. 15  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. …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

The KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey: An Accurate but Incomplete Picture

“Last Wednesday, Kaiser Family Foundation released its 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey—the 23rd in the series. …

“The KFF researchers note that changes in employer benefits participation are ‘unchanged’ but noticeable trends suggest changes ahead.”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 15, 2021


News to Know

  • The MHA Monday Report will not be published Nov. 29, but timely news will continue to be posted in the MHA Newsroom prior to publication of the Dec. 6 edition of Monday Report.
  • The MHA will offer a webinar on Unemployment Compensation and Vaccine Mandates at 10 a.m. EST Dec. 9.
  • The MHA will host a free webinar from noon to 12:45 p.m. EST Dec. 9 to review new requirements from The Joint Commission on workplace violence that take effect in January.