MHA Board of Trustees Wraps up Program Year

Posted on June 27, 2019

In conjunction with the MHA Annual Membership Meeting, the Board of Trustees conducted its final session of the program year June 26. State and federal advocacy matters led the agenda, beginning with a status report of the fiscal year 2020 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services budget, followed by a report on two MHA Keystone Center initiatives to improve maternal health and reduce maternal morbidity and mortality statewide.

MHA state budget priorities include Medicaid payment parity for Michigan’s 37 critical access hospitals, full funding for the Healthy Michigan Plan and graduate medical education, and support for the state’s establishment of a behavioral health funding workgroup. In addition, the board expressed its support for legislation recently passed by the Michigan Senate to modify existing work requirement language for Healthy Michigan Plan recipients to make it easier to verify compliance with the law.

The advocacy discussion continued with a review of recently passed changes to Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law and its future impact on trauma providers and access to care for injured people covered under auto no-fault policies. The board called for continued data collection and analysis of the effect of the new law to inform ongoing strategies to ensure adequate funding of trauma care and consumer education under the auto no-fault reforms. The board also reviewed current state and federal proposals to address the growing problem of surprise patient bills for out-of-network care. The board directed MHA staff to continue to meet with state and federal lawmakers and stakeholders to find an appropriate resolution to this growing problem.

The board concluded its meeting with a report from CEO Brian Peters, who shared a video tribute from American Hospital Association President Rick Pollack congratulating the association on its 100 years of service. The report also highlighted the recent accomplishments of the association and its affiliated organizations in the arenas of advocacy, patient safety and quality, data services, member education, and the establishment of an Endorsed Business Program to better serve members’ needs.

Several new MHA membership applications were also approved. Michigan Surgical Hospital, Warren, a full-service, accredited, multispecialty surgical hospital, was approved for Type 1B membership. Approved applications for Type 3 membership include:

  • Corporate Screening Services, Inc., Middleburg Heights, OH, which provides healthcare background screening services.
  • The Deremo Group, Northville, which provides strategic planning and leadership development consulting.
  • The HCS Group, Plymouth, which provides mobile diagnostic services including post-acute portable X-ray and ultrasound equipment.
  • Netlogx, LLC, Indianapolis, which provides risk management consulting.
  • SUNRx, Bensalem, PA, a third-party administrator that supports hospitals and federally qualified health centers in the area of 340B pharmacy services.

Questions regarding the activities of the Board of Trustees should be directed to Amy Barkholz at the MHA.

Tags: Board of Trustees, Healthy Michigan, auto no-fault insurance, state budget, June 26, membership, 100 Year Anniversary

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