Posted on June 21, 2017
Michigan hospitals invested nearly $2.6 billion in community-based partnerships and programs designed to improve the overall health, wellness and quality of life of Michigan residents. The 2017 report Michigan Hospitals: Leading the Way to Healthy Communities, released today by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA), highlights how hospitals are helping people of all ages get and stay healthy both in and out of the hospital.
“For hospitals, caring for our patients, families, employees and neighbors means we are expanding our services beyond the four walls of the traditional hospital setting and collaborating with our communities in a variety of innovative ways designed to improve the health and well-being of every single resident of Michigan,” said MHA CEO Brian Peters. “From community health education to immunizations, health screenings, research and the preparation of future health professionals, our hospitals are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year to do their part in making our communities and state a vibrant and healthy place to live, work and raise a family.”
According to data highlighted in the report from fiscal year (FY) 2015, the year for which the most recent data are available, hospitals experienced a $400 million drop in the total unpaid costs of patient care compared to FY 2014 data from last year. The decrease is attributed to significant reductions in financial assistance and bad debt at cost, thanks to coverage expansion impacting nearly 1 million Michiganders under the Affordable Care Act and the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program. The decrease is of particular note given that FY 2015 represents the first full year of data incorporating coverage expansion efforts in the state following the Healthy Michigan Plan’s launch in April 2014.
“We’re encouraged to see that the Healthy Michigan Plan is making a dent in uncompensated care in Michigan and doing exactly what it was designed to do when Republicans and Democrats worked together to approve the plan — reducing uncompensated care costs and improving the health status of men and women who couldn’t afford health insurance in the past,” Peters said. “In some cases, our hospitals have seen a 50 percent reduction in the number of people coming through the doors without insurance — that’s significant when it comes to healthcare coverage and access to care for Michigan residents.”
In addition to uncompensated care, the report highlights how hospitals have reached nearly 70 percent of Michigan residents and invested more than $818 million in community-based activities such as community health education, health screenings, school-based clinics, and services like low- or no-cost immunizations and health clinics.
The release of the 2017 MHA Community Benefit Report will also serve as the kickoff of a social media campaign designed to highlight the impact of Michigan hospitals on their communities. The full report and stories from hospitals across the state exhibiting community benefit can be accessed online.
Based in greater Lansing, the MHA advocates in Michigan and Washington, DC, on behalf of healthcare providers and the communities and patients they serve. The MHA is a nationally recognized leader on initiatives that protect and promote quality, cost-effective and accessible healthcare.
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