Posted on July 10, 2017
In conjunction with the 2017 MHA Annual Membership Meeting, the association’s Board of Trustees conducted its final meeting of the program year. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon met with the board and discussed the potentially challenging provisions of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the U.S. House and the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) being considered in the U.S. Senate. As adopted by the House, with traditional federal matching rates, the AHCA would increase state obligations by $800 million, and both the AHCA and BCRA would likely doom the Healthy Michigan Plan. Lyon indicated the Healthy Michigan Plan has been extremely successful, both in terms of its financial value to Michigan’s communities and through improvements in healthcare behaviors. Lyon thanked the association for its strong and continued partnership with the department, which has produced a long-term financing strategy to support the state’s Medicaid program.
The board continued its work to modernize the hospital community's relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan with regard to payment and transparency principles. It also received reports on various initiatives related to the state’s auto no-fault insurance system. They included a strategy led by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan that would likely include benefit caps for drivers and provider fee schedules; a Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault proposal that would establish a provider fee schedule at 185 percent of workers’ compensation rates, with an exception for level 1 and 2 trauma centers; and a House Republican proposal related to assigned claims.
Finally, the board approved the 2017-2018 program year dues schedule, which includes no increase in members’ dues. It also granted type 3 membership privileges to Murer Consultants, a legal management consulting firm located in Mokena, IL, and Shorewood Installations, a project management installation company headquartered in Plymouth, MI. The board also conducted the corporate annual meetings of the MHA Service Corporation stockholders and the MHA Health Foundation membership.
Questions regarding the activities of the Board of Trustees should be directed to David Seaman at the MHA.
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