The MHA hosted a one-hour Twitter chat March 4 to discuss Emergency Department (ED) Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD).The chat allowed participants to engage with their peers and share information and resources related to ED MOUD, as many of these programs help address stigma and increase access to effective treatment for opioid use disorder.
The MHA moderated the chat as participants, including the MHA Keystone Center, the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan (CFSEM), MHA leadership, and members of the Michigan Opioid Partnership answered questions using the hashtags #MHAHealthChat, #MOUD and #MAT. The chat gathered more than 4,200 impressions (the number of times content from the conversation was seen) and a potential reach of more than 6,400 users. Additional engagements came from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), Beaumont Health, the Michigan Association of Health Plans and the Michigan Primary Care Association.
The Twitter chat follows an announcement of an ED MOUD initiative and funding opportunity for Michigan hospitals launched by the CFSEM in partnership with the MHA Keystone Center, the Michigan Opioid Partnership and the MDHHS. The initiative aims to increase access to evidence-based medication for opioid use disorder and support the transition to long-term, office-based treatment upon discharge. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until April 22. For the most current information, application instructions and grant guidelines, visit the CFSEM website, or contact the MHA Keystone Center to learn more.
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To help raise awareness around Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder, the MHA will host a Twitter chat from noon to 1 p.m. April 4. During the event, the MHA will post questions from @MIHospitalAssoc, with commentary from the MHA Keystone Center, the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan and other members of the Michigan Opioid Partnership. …
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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the healthcare industry is far-reaching. One key lesson that has surfaced is the urgent need for age-friendly healthcare. Given that older adults are at a higher risk for morbidity and mortality related to COVID-19, the MHA Keystone Center continues to serve as a resource to support communities and healthcare teams working to provide evidence-based care to this population (see related article).
To help educate and encourage conversation around expanding care practices for older adults, the MHA Keystone Center will host a Twitter Chat from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 18 to discuss the urgent need for age-friendly healthcare. During the event, the MHA Keystone Center will moderate and lead the conversation, asking questions from @MHAKeystoneCtr. MHA-member hospitals are encouraged to share their current initiatives and success stories using the hashtag #KeystoneAgeFriendly.
The Twitter chat will facilitate discussion around how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected older adults, why improving care for this population should be a priority, steps organizations can take for improving care and more. Thequestions for the Feb. 18 Twitter Chat can be found on the MHA Keystone Center’s Older Adults webpage. To confirm participation, members should contact the MHA Keystone Center.
The MHA hosted a Twitter chat Jan. 28 for hospitals, healthcare organizations and subject matter experts to provide the public with local information and resources on the COVID-19 vaccine. The event had more than 30 contributors, including five MHA members, and potentially reached more than 200,000. The chat had at least 780,000 potential impressions overall.
As the state continues to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to select groups of essential workers and at-risk populations, it’s critical to ensure that Michiganders across the state are equipped with accurate information and resources regarding the safety, effectiveness and distribution of the vaccine.
To help inform the public and answer frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, the MHA will host a Twitter Chat on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. During the event, the MHA will moderate and lead the conversation, asking questions from @MIHospitalAssoc. The discussion will allow member organizations and subject matter experts an opportunity to provide the public with local information and resources related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Those interested in participating may follow along from the MHA’s Twitter account or search the hashtag #MHAHealthChat over the course of the hour.
Individuals who are interested in participating in the chat may review the questions prior to the event. To confirm participation or for any questions, members may contact Lucy Ciaramitaro at the MHA.
The MHA Keystone Center hosted a one-hour Twitter chat Sept. 24 to raise awareness on correctly identifying and treating sepsis as part of Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis is a rapid response to infection that can lead to serious complications and is currently the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals.
The event convened national and state experts; MHA Keystone Center-member hospitals and health systems, including Spectrum Health, Beaumont Health and Michigan Medicine; partner organizations MPRO, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, and the Wisconsin Hospital Association; and sepsis expert, Pat Posa, RN, MSA, FAAN, quality and patient safety program manager, Michigan Medicine. Sepsis Alliance, a pioneer in sepsis awareness, also participated in the conversation. The Twitter chat allowed participants to engage with their peers and think critically of ways to help their communities reduce sepsis and sepsis mortality — including sepsis related to COVID-19.
The MHA Keystone Center served as moderator for the Twitter chat and asked questions from @MHAKeystoneCtr as participants engaged in an informative discussion and shared answers by using the hashtag #KeystoneSepsis. Fifteen accounts participated in the chat during the one-hour session, and the conversation garnered more than 113,000 impressions (the number of times the conversation was seen) to reach approximately 19,000 users.
Throughout the month of September, the MHA Keystone Center shared information and resources on its social media pages that highlight evidence-based practices to improve sepsis identification and treatment. Members may visit the MHA Keystone Center’s Twitter and LinkedIn to view these resources.
The MHA hosted a Twitter chat Sept. 9 to help educate and encourage the conversation around mental health as it relates to COVID-19 and National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
The conversation featured key input from guest expert Brian Ahmedani, PhD,
director, Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health
System, who provided feedback to questions specific to mental health stigmas and inequalities, as well as provided mental health guidance and resources to those in need.
The chat kicked off with discussion around the impact COVID-19 could have on a person’s mental health as a result of loneliness, fear and isolation. In this thread, Ahmedani provided an article from Henry Ford News as a resource to better understand and manage anxiety during a pandemic.
It also covered the stigmas and inequalities surrounding mental health. Ahmedani, along with other participants, stressed the importance of listening to others and offering support to those seeking help. Ahmedani discussed the inequities faced by minority groups, including access to care, and referenced The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health as a resource for successful programs targeting this issue.
Those interested in reading this chat or following future conversations can search the
hashtag #MHAHealthChat on Twitter, or visit the MHA’s channel for details. The next
chat will be focused on Sepsis Awareness Month and hosted on the MHA Keystone page
from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 24. Follow along using hashtag #KeystoneSepsis.
The fear and uncertainty of COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted the mental health of our communities. In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, it was found that 53% of adults in the U.S. reported poor mental health due to worry and stress over the coronavirus.
To help educate and encourage conversation around mental health as it relates to COVID-19 and National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the MHA will host a Twitter chat from 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 9. The chat will feature input from guest expert Brian Ahmedani, PhD, director, Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System (@bahmedani).
During times when people may be suffering in silence, it’s important to work together to break the stigma, raise awareness and provide resources related to mental health. Those interested in participating may follow along from the MHA’s Twitter account (@MIHospitalAssoc) or search the hashtag #MHAHealthChat over the course of the hour.
The MHA continues to keep members apprised of developments affecting Michigan hospitals during the pandemic through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. Important updates are outlined below.
Interim Final Rule Ties COVID-19 Reporting to Medicare Conditions of Participation
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Aug. 24 issued an interim final rule that, among other provisions, makes collecting COVID-19 data and reporting it daily to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a condition of participation (CoP) for hospitals that participate in Medicare. The MHA is disappointed in this rule that seeks to obtain data by penalizing hospitals as they continue to fight against a global pandemic.
The rule takes effect upon publication in the Federal Register, after which comments will be accepted for 60 days. The date the rule will be published is currently unknown.
The rule requires hospitals to daily report data including, but not limited to, number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19-positive patients, intensive care unit beds occupied and availability of supplies and equipment. By making this data reporting a CoP, the potential penalty for a hospital’s noncompliance could be termination from the Medicare program unless appropriate corrective action is taken.
While the MHA works to diminish the negative effects of this rule, hospitals are urged to report data through the HHS TeleTracking portal on a daily basis to avoid potential violation of the rule when it is published. Members needing assistance in meeting the reporting requirements should contact Jim Lee at the MHA.
Raising Awareness of Importance of Flu Vaccinations During Pandemic
The MHA is teaming up with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other healthcare organizations to promote flu vaccination during the upcoming influenza season. The potential for a surge of COVID-19 and severe outbreaks of influenza circulating simultaneously could overwhelm the healthcare system. MHA CEO Brian Peters participated in a news conference Aug. 25 to stress the importance of improving flu vaccination rates in Michigan (see related article).
FDA Approval or Authorization Unnecessary for Laboratory Developed Tests
The HHS recently announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will not require developers to submit a premarket approval application, premarket notification or emergency use authorization (EAU) for laboratory developed tests (LDTs). Laboratories opting to use LDTs would not be eligible for Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act coverage and would remain subject to CMS regulation under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 and its implementing regulations, the HHS said. LDT developers may voluntarily apply for approval, clearance or an EUA, and the FDA will adjudicate those submissions.
LDTs are developed, validated and performed by individual laboratories, including hospital laboratories, when commercial diagnostic tests do not exist or meet clinical needs. The American Hospital Association has urged the agency not to regulate LDTs as medical devices, which would reduce patient access to many critical tests and hinder technological and clinical innovation.
Sept. 9 Twitter Chat to Focus on Mental Health During the Pandemic
A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll determined that 53% of adults in the U.S. are experiencing poor mental health due to worry and stress over COVID-19. To help educate and encourage conversation around mental health as it relates to COVID-19 and National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the MHA will host a Twitter chat from 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 9. The chat will feature input from guest expert Brian Ahmedani, PhD, director, Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System (@bahmedani).
Those interested in participating may follow along through the MHA’s Twitter (@mihospitalassoc) or by searching the hashtag #MHAHealthChat over the course of the hour. Additional details will be emailed to MHA members prior to the event. Those with questions may contact Lucy Ciaramitaro at the MHA.