MHA Monday Report Nov. 4, 2019

Posted on November 04, 2019

MHA Submits Comments on Rural Hospital Funding Proposed Policy

As a result of the governor’s line-item vetoes to the state budget issued Sept. 30, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued bulletin MSA 19-32, a proposed policy to discontinue the Rural Access Pool …

Shannon Striebich, president of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and interim leader for St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Kristyn Spangler, behavioral health program manager at physician group practice Integrated Healthcare Associates, testify. Hospital Testimony Provided on Behavioral Health in Michigan

On Oct. 30, the House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township), heard testimony on behavioral health and its impact on Michigan patients and hospitals from the MHA and Trinity Health Michigan Region. Removing …

Healthcare Bills Continue to Progress at Capitol

Michigan Capitol BuildingThe Michigan Legislature continued its focus on policy bills during the week of Oct. 28, taking up multiple issues that impact hospitals. Among those that saw action were bills to establish automatic criminal expungement for certain crimes, expand …

Call to Explain 2020 Reporting Under Clinical Diagnostic Test Payment System Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a call from 2 to 3 p.m. EST Nov. 14 for clinical diagnostic laboratories, including hospital outreach laboratories, regarding data reporting for the Clinical Diagnostic Test Payment …

Linking Quality to Strategy and OperationsUpcoming Trustee Event Focused on Quality Accountability

Promoting quality and safety is a key responsibility of governance and serves as an exceptional gift when done well: engaged boards lead to better outcomes. However, many board members lack the knowledge and skills to work with executive and …

Comments Being Accepted on Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule

On Oct. 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule with comment period to update the home health (HH) prospective payment system for calendar year 2020. Highlights of the final rule include …

The Speak-up! Award was presented to Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital nurse Megan VanDam, RN, BSN, Oct. 17. Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Nurse Honored for Speaking Up

The MHA Keystone Center honored Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital’s Megan VanDam, RN, BSN, with the quarterly MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award Oct. 17. The award acknowledges individuals or teams in MHA Keystone Center …

Expert panelists field questions from the audience about managing public relations crises.Public Relations Professionals Gather at MHA Communications Retreat

The 2019 MHA Communications Retreat brought together more than 100 communications, marketing and public relations professionals working in healthcare across Michigan Oct. 29. Attendees spent the day networking and learning from experts about …

The Keckley Report

Paul KeckleyThree Prominent Themes in the Health Industry News Cycle
“Last week’s news and what’s ahead this week illustrate clearly the prominent themes that are redefining the future of U.S. healthcare system. ...

“These news items point to three prominent themes: (1) Primary Care Innovation, (2) Alternative Payment Models, and (3) Business Relationship Scrutiny.”

Paul Keckley, Oct. 28, 2019

News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Nov. 4:

  • The MHA Keystone Center Board of Directors will meet from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at MHA headquarters, Okemos.
  • The Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP), which assists employers in the recruitment and retention of primary care providers by providing up to $200,000 in tax-free funds to repay educational debt, will accept applications postmarked from Feb. 3-7 only …


  • MHA Monday Report Nov. 4, 2019

Tags: Medicare, Speak-up! Award, CMS, governance, MDHHS, MHA Communications Retreat, CLFS, behavioral health, telepharmacy, Rural Access Pool, HB 4862, HB 4325, LPC, PAMA, MSA 19-32, CAHs, expungment, IFCT, HB 4980, CON, HH QRP, MHA Board of Directors, MSLRP

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