Issues in Healthcare

On July 14, Gov. Rick Snyder approved the fiscal year (FY) 2018 omnibus budget bill, House Bill (HB) 4323 during a special signing ceremony in Grand Rapids. Read More
Updates Proposed for 2018 Physician Quality Payment Program The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule to update the Medicare Physician Quality Payment Program in 2018. Read More
Hospitals Must Use Renewed Medicare Notices Beginning Aug. 28 The Office of Management and Budget for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewed notices that hospitals must use for Medicare beneficiaries who are admitted to their facilities. Read More
Proposal Would Remove Visit Limit for Medicaid Outpatient Behavioral Health Services The Medical Services Administration (MSA) recently released a proposed policy to remove the 20-visit limit for outpatient behavioral health services for both Medicaid fee-for-service and Medicaid health plan bene... Read More
Hospitals and clinicians that participate in the National Health Care Surveys can earn credit for meeting a portion of the Stage 3 objectives in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs (meaningful use). Read More
The MHA submitted comments June 26 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Medicare fee-for-service proposed rules to update the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) and skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment systems. Read More
Before leaving for the summer break, the Michigan House sent the Senate a package of MHA-supported bills regarding physician orders for scope of treatment (POST). Read More
On June 19, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced that the state will be providing funding for integrating the new Michigan Automated Prescription System with the electronic health records and pharmacy dispensation systems of hospitals,... Read More
The Michigan House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.), heard testimony June 14 on a package of bills regarding the physician orders for scope of treatment (POST) form and reported it to the House floor. Read More
MHA Unemployment Compensation Program staff members have been participating since March in the Michigan Legislature’s Unemployment Work Group. Read More
The Legislature moved a step closer to completing work on the fiscal year (FY) 2018 state budget, as the Joint House and Senate Department for Health & Human Services (DHHS) Conference Committee approved the conference report. Read More
On June 6, the Senate Health Policy Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), reported out bills that are a part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s bipartisan bill package aimed at combating Michigan’s growing opioid epidemic. Read More
The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened its last meeting of the program year May 25 and developed recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.  Read More
On May 24, the state House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.), reported out bills that are part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s bipartisan bill package to combat Michigan’s growing opioid epidemic. Read More
More than 20 hospital trustees and CEOs participated in the MHA Trustee Advocacy Day May 17. The event was designed to help members of hospital and healthcare organization governing boards learn more about the legislative process and strengthen relationships with Michigan lawmakers. Read More
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a 217-213 vote May 4. The AHCA would repeal and replace the existing ACA and threatens coverage and access to care for millions of people across the nation. Read More
The state House and Senate passed separate versions of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) budget. Read More
Only 8 percent of Michigan voters favor repealing the Affordable Care Act without the U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump first putting a detailed replacement plan in place, according to a survey released on Feb. 15 by EPIC-MRA. Read More

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