MHA Monday Report Jan. 10, 2022

MHA Covid-19 update

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Weeks of Dec. 20, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID Data Tracker, the omicron variant of COVID-19 is now the dominant strain across the U.S. The CDC’s model indicates that more than 95% of cases in the nation as of Jan. 1 may be due to omicron. …


Governor Signs Bill to Codify Licensure Exemptionscapitol building

On Dec. 27, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Senate Bill 759, which codifies a licensure exemption provision that has given hospitals regulatory flexibility to appropriately respond to the pandemic, specifically staffing challenges. …


Virtual BreakthroughPandemic and Workforce Challenges Topics at MHA Breakthrough

At the close of 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic situation confronting Michigan hospitals was dire. A prolonged fourth surge drove intensive care unit occupancy rates to nearly 90 percent. Additionally, significant workforce challenges that predated the pandemic became worse and the increasing rates of …


Webinar Will Help Boards Analyze Strategic Plan

Innovation in medicine and service delivery, new competitors, payer upheaval, renewed scrutiny on the social determinants of health, and more are creating instability. There is much work ahead for hospital and health system boards as organizations reassess their strategic plans, community …


Medicaid to Cover Dialysis Services for ESO Beneficiaries in Dialysis Facilities

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released concurrent proposed and final policies to clarify Medicaid policy for the treatment of End Stage Renal Disease for beneficiaries covered under Medicaid Emergency Services Only. …


Virtual Events Focus on Active Shooter, Workplace Violence Prevention and Response

Aggressive behavior and violence are becoming a too frequent reality, whether it is expressed as violence against caregivers or gun violence in the community. The MHA is holding two virtual events to assist members with these challenges. …


WELL-B Program Starting March 1

Well-being Essentials for Learning Life-Balance is a behavioral health training program for the healthcare workforce that delivers weekly webinars on evidence-based well-being topics, including prevalence and severity of burnout, relationship resilience and being present. Compared to …


MHA CEO Brian Peters appears on CNN on Jan. 3, 2022.

Headline Roundup: Weeks of Dec. 20, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 for COVID-19 in Michigan

The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the omicron variant and increasing rates of violence against healthcare workers. …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

The No Surprise Act Means Plenty of Surprises

“Effective last Sunday, the No Surprises Act (NSA) passed by Congress in December 2020, became law. It protects consumers against surprise bills from out-of-network hospitals and physicians which apply to 10 million patient encounters including 1 in 5 emergency room visits and 1 in 6 in-network hospitalizations.”

Paul Keckley, Jan. 3, 2022


News to Know

Hospital staff are encouraged to participate in a national webinar hosted by DataGen to review the Medicare fee-for-service outpatient prospective payment system final rule and impact analysis for calendar year 2022.


Webinar Will Help Boards Analyze Strategic Plan

Innovation in medicine and service delivery, new competitors, payer upheaval, renewed scrutiny on the social determinants of health, and more are creating instability. There is much work ahead for hospital and health system boards as organizations reassess their strategic plans, community engagement strategies, financial health and growth opportunities. The webinar Governance Megatrends: What is the Impact on Your Board? will focus on challenges and how to perform a comprehensive review of an existing strategic plan through pandemic-era eyes. It will examine essential inpatient and outpatient services, how to build investment strategies around them, and funding streams that will give hospital and health system leaders the flexibility to examine new tactics to improve services and the bottom line. The faculty will pair each step of the strategic process with real stories demonstrating the value of this approach.

The webinar is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. EST Jan. 26. 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. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Dec. 20, 2021

MHA Covid-19 update

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Dec. 13

A full year after COVID-19 vaccines were made available in the U.S., the coronavirus continues to sicken and kill people, with nationwide deaths from the illness surpassing 800,000. As demonstrated in a collection of headlines, Michigan’s hospitals are being stretched to treat COVID-19 patients across …


capitol buildingMichigan House Passes Healthcare Workforce Funding Bill

The Michigan House of Representatives passed Dec. 14 House Bill 5523, a $1 billion COVID-19 supplemental funding bill that includes $300 million for recruiting and retaining healthcare workers. The appropriation is a direct result of MHA advocacy efforts regarding the dire situation of hospitals confronting staff …


Bill to Codify Licensure Exemptions Awaits Governor’s Signature

The full House passed Senate Bill (SB) 759 Dec. 14 and it now awaits the governor’s signature. Introduced by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington) and supported by the MHA, SB 759 would codify a provision that has given hospitals flexibility to appropriately respond to the pandemic; however, the …


Advocacy Continues to Defend Healthcare from Harmful Federal Policies

President Joe Biden Dec. 10 signed legislation to postpone several proposed cuts in Medicare rates recently approved by Congress. The MHA and the American Hospital Association had urged lawmakers to delay the cuts that would have taken effect Jan. 1 due to …


Virtual Breakthrough

Discuss Approaches to Pandemic, Workforce Challenges at MHA Breakthrough

In a recent video message, MHA CEO Brian Peters shared his thoughts about the MHA’s commitment to helping hospitals and health systems deal with the effects of the pandemic and the value of convening in person to study challenges, learn from


COVID-19 Impact on Strategic Planning Focus of Webinar

Hospital and health system boards will face challenges as the world transitions from a multiyear pandemic to confronting an endemic disease. The industry is experiencing instability and near-constant change: innovation in medicine and service delivery, new competitors, payer upheaval, renewed scrutiny on …


Two-part Webinar Will Review Challenging Accreditation Standards Jan. 13

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other regulatory agencies are continually revising requirements that result in changes to The Joint Commission (TJC) standards. In addition, there are problematic areas that are commonly reviewed on TJC surveys that require additional education and …


MHA Creates COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit for Hospitals

As hospitals and health systems across Michigan continue communication efforts around COVID-19 and the importance of getting vaccinated this winter season, the MHA has developed a downloadable social media toolkit with posts and graphics for healthcare organizations to share across digital …


Recording Available of Event Outlining Collection of SOGI Data Best Practices

MHA members were among those who virtually attended the webinar Collection of Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Data Best Practices for the Acute Care Setting. The event was hosted Nov. 10 by the Michigan Public Health Institute, the Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy, the MHA …


Mental Health and Resilience for Health Care Workers During the HolidaysAbilitiCBT Logo

Mental health is central to everything. This is a definitive statement because it is so true. Mental health is central to our quality of life, relationships, work experience and even participation in the economy. Many people take it for granted, but if there is any benefit to the strain of the past twenty months, it is that it …


Trustee Insights Highlights Crisis Standards of Care, Community Investment

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association, 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 …


MHA SVP Adam Carlson speaks with WWMT-TV on SB 759

Headline Roundup: Week of Dec. 13 for COVID-19 in Michigan

The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and workforce sustainability challenges. …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

Inflation and Healthcare: Prices Matter

“Medical care services- one of two components of the Medical Care Index in the United States- increased 2.1% for the 12 months ending November 2021, after rising 3.2% in 2020 and 5.1% in 2019 over the same time period …

“A one-month or one-year look-back period doesn’t tell the full story for healthcare.”

Paul Keckley, Dec. 13, 2021


Two-part Webinar Will Review Challenging Accreditation Standards Jan. 13

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies are continually revising requirements that result in changes to The Joint Commission (TJC) standards. In addition, there are problematic areas that are commonly reviewed on TJC surveys that require additional education and implementation strategies to have a successful survey outcome.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar The Joint Commission Accreditation 2021: A Look Back & A 2022 Look Ahead is a two-part series that will review:

  • Top challenging standards (CMS Conditions of Participation and TJC Standards) from the past year and a look ahead to determine future impacts on continuous accreditation and regulatory readiness.
  • Patient safety issues over the past year and how they impact continuous accreditation and regulatory readiness.
  • Challenging life safety issues and mitigation strategies to meet regulatory and accrediting compliance.

The webinar will be offered Jan. 13, with part one held from 8 a.m. to noon and part two scheduled from 1 to 4:30 p.m. MHA members can register for a single session for $225 or the full day for $275. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report Dec. 6, 2021

MHA Covid-19 update

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Weeks of Nov. 22 and 29

The state’s coronavirus webpage indicates there were an average of 9,222 new COVID-19 cases per day Dec. 2 and 3, bleakly demonstrating the current surge of the disease in Michigan. However, 55.6% of Michiganders ages 5 and older were fully vaccinated as of Dec. 3, and more than 1.6 million residents had …


Hospital Leaders Provide Testimony Amid Latest COVID Surge

Hospital leaders from around the state testified Dec. 1 before the House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell). They discussed the current challenges Michigan’s hospitals face as they near the statewide record for COVID-19 hospitalizations while having more COVID-19 …


Hospital Testimony Supports Community College BSN Degrees

The Michigan Legislature held several hearings on legislation supported by the MHA during the week of Nov. 29. In the House Education Committee, initial testimony was taken on a bill to allow community colleges to offer 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. The Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee reported to the …


Bill to Codify Licensure Exemptions, Assist in Workforce Shortage Reported to Senate

The Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee reported Senate Bill 759 to the Senate floor Dec. 2. Introduced by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington) and supported by the MHA, SB 759 would codify a provision that has given hospitals flexibility to appropriately respond to …


CMS Offers Forum on No Surprises Act Dec. 8

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicaid Services Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight will host a special Open Door Forum via conference call at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 to review provider requirements under the federal No Surprises Act. …


New MHA Infographic Highlights Michigan’s Midsize Vital Hospitals

The MHA has released a new infographic highlighting Michigan’s 32 midsize vital hospitals. The publication seeks to bring attention to these facilities that ensure access to care for residents in rural and small urban areas that, while they experience similar challenges to critical access hospitals, are not eligible for …


Governance Webinar Outlines Ties Between Trends and Strategic Planning

Hospital and health system boards will face challenges as the world transitions from a multiyear pandemic to an endemic. The industry is experiencing instability and near-constant change: innovation in medicine and service delivery, new competitors, payer upheaval, renewed scrutiny on the social determinants of …

Virtual Breakthrough


Registration Open for MHA Breakthrough In-person Event in February

The COVID-19 crisis has made clear what American healthcare providers are capable of and their infinite potential, yet challenges remain. COVID-19 variants continue to plague the nation’s health; regular harassment and violence toward caregivers sustains burnout brought about by exhaustion and …


Upcoming Webinar to Improve Healthcare for Transgender Population

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 …


MHA CEO Brian Peters appears Nov. 23 on CNN

Headline Roundup: Michigan Hospital CMOs Urge Action Against COVID-19

The MHA published a consensus statement Nov. 22 on behalf of chief medical officers of Michigan’s community hospitals urging the public to take action to help slow COVID-19 growth throughout the state. …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

STAT Investigation on Ascension Private Equity Activity Problematic for Hospitals

“The STAT headline last Tuesday read: ‘How America’s largest Catholic hospital system is moonlighting as a private equity firm’ The news organization’s investigation involved ‘interviews with nearly two dozen academic experts, financial analysts, accountants, and community organizers … ’”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 22, 2021


News to Know

  • The MHA will host a free webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. ET Dec. 7 to provide an update on price transparency and the No Surprises Act, including what is required for compliance as of Jan. 1.
  • An Unemployment Compensation and Vaccine Mandates webinar will be offered at 10 a.m. ET Dec. 9.
  • The MHA welcomes care.ai as a new Endorsed Business Partner providing the first AI-powered autonomous monitoring solutions for care teams and their patients.

Governance Webinar Outlines Ties Between Trends and Strategic Planning

Hospital and health system boards will face challenges as the world transitions from a multiyear pandemic to an endemic. The industry is experiencing instability and near-constant change: innovation in medicine and service delivery, new competitors, payer upheaval, renewed scrutiny on the social determinants of health, and more. The webinar Governance Megatrends: What is the Impact on Your Board? will focus on trends relevant to the healthcare organization board and how to perform a comprehensive review of an existing strategic plan through pandemic-era eyes.

The webinar is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 26. 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. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

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 and Certification webinar will assist providers in their awareness of these issues by reviewing:

  • The differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, sexual orientation and romantic orientation.
  • Understanding personal bias and perception of the differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual and romantic orientation.
  • Benefits and examples of providing options for patients in the areas of gender identification, preferred name, legal name and preferred pronouns.
  • The differences between the social and medical transition process.
  • How providers can make changes to reduce fears of the transgender patient in a medical setting.

The webinar is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9, and MHA members can join for a single connection fee of $395. MHA members can include up to five participants from the same organization for a connection fee of $1,900. Members should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA to register.

By participating in the Transgender Healthcare Dignity Model and Certification webinar, participants may earn up to 4.0 ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation.

Webinar Will Discuss Unemployment Compensation and Vaccine Mandates

As deadlines take effect for COVID-19 vaccine mandates at healthcare organizations, unemployment compensation claims will arise from employees who elect to resign or who are discharged for noncompliance with the mandate. The question then becomes whether the employee will receive unemployment benefits, and will the employer be charged for the benefits paid?

In a webinar offered at 10 a.m. Dec. 9, attorneys from the MHA Unemployment Compensation Program will discuss the various issues impacting vaccine mandate unemployment claims and provide guidance for employers on how address such claims.

The webinar is free of charge for MHA members and UCP clients, but registration is required. Questions may be directed to Neil MacVicar at the MHA.

Expansion of Skilled Nursing Services for Aging Population Explored in Webinar

Hospitals and health systems are experiencing a decrease in routine inpatient admissions, prompting development of other services. One of these services is post-acute care, which is expected to grow as the population ages and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are expanded and created. To build skilled nursing growth, providers use data focused on referral patterns to develop specialized programs based on patient needs, then promote those specialized services.

The MHA webinar Using Data to Grow Skilled Nursing Facility Admissions will explain each step of this strategic process, including real-world success stories demonstrating the value of this approach.

The webinar is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 18, and MHA members can register for a $195 connection fee. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Webinar to Explore CMS Surgery, Anesthesia Service Requirements

The complex, fast-paced care delivered in surgical units can result in higher-than-expected errors. Wrong-patient mistakes, communication errors with anesthesiologists, and inadequate care may all occur while a patient awakens from anesthesia.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar “CMS Hospital Surgery, Anesthesia, and Postanesthesia Care Unit CoPs Requirements: Are You in Compliance?” webinar will review policies and procedures required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation related to surgery and anesthesia services, as well as the most cited deficiencies and how to avoid them.

The webinar is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ET Oct. 19, and MHA members can register for a $195 connection fee. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.