CEO Report: Celebrating the Successes of 2017-2018
Posted on July 23, 2018
"People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed." - Tony Robbins.
As we look back at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s 2017-2018 program year that ended June 30, we reflect on the myriad challenges and successes we have faced together, with the common goal of improving health across our state. We have completed our first full year with a new president and a new class of lawmakers. These new faces and philosophies, while difficult at times, have forced the hospital community to reevaluate and, ultimately, bolster its mission to not only care for the sick but to build healthier communities. Legislators continue to attack the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Healthy Michigan Plan, which covers nearly 700,000 Michiganders. We continue to face, head-on, the opioid epidemic and behavioral health access shortages in the legislative, regulatory and clinical arenas. These issues, which have no easy answers, touch every family across Michigan. As such, they inspire those at the MHA and in our member hospitals and health systems to work to ensure treatment, access and compassion for those battling these conditions.
Amidst these challenges, we have also seen great success. We have again protected Healthy Michigan Plan coverage, as well as the ACA and many of its key elements that provide coverage and access. We have again ensured full funding for programs that keep OB units open, small and rural hospitals afloat, and graduate medical education programs running smoothly. We have again protected drivers and their families by fighting off legislation that would have dismantled the auto no-fault insurance system. We have raised our collective voices by engaging people across Michigan in better understanding hospitals’ changing role and in advocating on behalf of healthcare with their elected officials.
We also are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the MHA Keystone Center. The nationally respected patient safety and quality arm of the MHA has seen successful rate improvements across Michigan hospitals in the following areas:
- Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
- Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
- Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
- Colorectal surgical site infections
- Early elective deliveries and severe maternal morbidity
As we begin the program year that will lead the MHA into its 100th year, we hope that you’ll share our sense of celebration of a year full of accomplishments — and our commitment to again raise the bar in 2018-2019 as we seek to truly advance the health of individuals and communities. We invite you to stay tuned to issues affecting healthcare in Michigan by signing up to be a MiCare Champion at www.micarematters.org. You’ll receive newsletters, podcasts and more to ensure you know when and how issues might affect the health of your community. I also encourage you to review our recently released Annual Report, which further reviews this past program year.
The MHA has a great deal of positive momentum. And we will find new ways to succeed in the program year ahead.
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