Posted on August 10, 2017
The MHA Board of Trustees met Aug. 7 and 8 at a retreat, where it focused mainly on developing the association’s work plan for the 2017-2018 program year.
The Board was joined by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive), who shared his views about initiatives that have enabled Michigan to become “The Comeback State”; discussed key agenda items for the coming fall session of the Legislature, including his continued support of the 2016 lame-duck session agreements between the MHA and auto insurers regarding auto no-fault insurance reform; and outlined his vision for the remainder of his 17 months in office.
The meeting also included discussion of the preferred strategy for hospital/health system relationships with all payers. The discussion included review of an extensive report growing out of interviews that the Kaufman Hall and Schilling Consulting firms conducted with MHA members, as well as payer representatives. In addition, the Board reviewed the status of the association’s discussions about modernization of the current Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan model contract. Using that information, the Board determined next steps to be pursued on this front.
These discussions, along with other topical matters, helped generate a clear set of association priorities encompassing the 2019 state budget; an all-payer strategy; quality; transparency; auto no-fault insurance reform; and initiatives to advance the Quadruple Aim as outlined by MHA Board of Trustees Chairman Loren Hamel, MD, during his inaugural remarks at the MHA Annual Meeting in June.
In addition to setting priorities, the Board approved the Type 3 membership application of Care Logistics, a company providing logistical and sustainable solutions to patient flow and throughput issues located in Alpharetta, GA. A special reception was held for Board members and representatives of organizations that achieved Circle of Honor status in 2016-2017 by supporting the MHA’s educational efforts throughout the year.
Questions regarding the activities of the Board of Trustees should be directed to David Seaman at the MHA.
Photo Caption: Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) shared his views about initiatives that have enabled Michigan to become “The Comeback State” during the Board meeting.
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