MHA Monday Report July 29, 2019

Posted on July 29, 2019

Proposal Would Transition Coverage for Some Drugs to Medicaid Health Plans

The Medical Services Administration (MSA) recently released a proposed policy to streamline prescription drug coverage policies and enhance medical management of complex drug therapies. Currently, certain drugs prescribed to Medicaid health plan (MHP) enrollees are covered …

Course Offered to Close Gap Between Recommended and Provided Care

Implementation Science Healthcare Performance Improvement Certification Implementation science takes evidence-based ideas and transforms them into routine practice by breaking down barriers and finding effective ways to change behavior and improve results organizationwide. In the healthcare realm, it can reduce costs ...

Michigan Green Healthcare Committee Submit Nominations for Michigan Green Healthcare Awards

The MHA is accepting nominations for its Michigan Green Healthcare Award, which is designed to honor organizations and individuals who have had a significant impact on sustainability within the healthcare sector. The awards will be presented at the …

Registration Now Open for the MHA Keystone Center PSO RCA² Workshop

Registration is now open for the MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) Root Cause Analysis & Action (RCA²) workshop, taking place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at the James B. Henry Center for …

Data Changes Due Sept. 3 for Use in Updating Medicare Area Wage Index

All written requests for changes to hospitals’ wage and occupational mix data must be received by the Medicare Administrative Contractor by close of business Sept. 3. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will use this data in …

Women in Healthcare DataMHA to Host Women in Healthcare Data Event

The 2019 MHA Women in Healthcare Data event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Lansing Community College West Campus, Lansing. Participants will have the opportunity to educate, inspire and ...

Speak-Up! Award winners (center) Kelly Chiles, RN, and Naomi Coates, RN, are shown with MHA and University of Michigan Health System representatives.University of Michigan Health System Nurses Honored for Speaking Up

Kelly Chiles, RN, and Naomi Coates, RN, nurses at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, were honored July 18 with the quarterly MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award. The award acknowledges individuals or teams in …

Garry FajaMHA Mourns Passing of Former MHA Board Chair Garry Faja

Garry Faja, who retired in 2014 as president and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) in Ann Arbor, unexpectedly passed away July 21. Faja joined SJMHS in 1982 and served as CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital ...

The Keckley Report

Erlanger: Fond Memories, Harsh Realities
Paul Keckley“I was born at the Baroness Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a community where high school sports gets front-page coverage and ‘healthcare’ is fundamentally about doctors, hospitals and Blue Cross of Tennessee. ...

“Today, the Erlanger Health System (EHS) is a $973 million enterprise ...

“Its results have been impressive: in the last 5 years, its market share has grown to 41% from 36% along with annual revenues. ... But, of late, it’s better known for internal strife ...

“This storyline is all-too familiar: tension between hospital administration and physicians. In some hospitals, it’s managed under the radar; in others, especially public hospitals like Erlanger, it explodes. I’ve seen both.”

Paul Keckley, July 22, 2019

News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of July 29:

  • The MHA Keystone Center: Spreading Success to Reduce ED Recidivism and Hospital Readmissions event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Detroit Marriott Livonia.
  • The MHA Health Foundation webinar EPA Subpart P – What You Need to Know will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • The Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network webinar Managing a Successful Antimicrobial Stewardship Team will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Brian PetersMHA in the News

Read and listen to recent coverage about the MHA, including a recent interview with MHA CEO Brian Peters on the Caring for Kids radio program on WJR 760AM.


  • MHA Monday Report July 29, 2019

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, webinar, Medicaid, readmissions, Speak-up! Award, prescription drugs, Green Healthcare, wage index, events, Awards, root cause analysis, Women in Healthcare Data, EPA, Implementation Science, certification, hospital antimicrobial stewardship

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