MHA Monday Report Nov. 11, 2019

Posted on November 11, 2019

Spencer JohnsonMHA Mourns Passing of Long-Time President Spencer Johnson

It is with great sadness that the MHA family announces the passing of Spencer Johnson, who was our association’s president and leader for three decades. Spencer retired in 2015 after 30 years at the helm of the MHA and is a dear colleague and friend to so many of us in the healthcare community.

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Ohio Hospital Association President and CEO Mike Abrams shared insights on addressing the opioid epidemic with the MHA Board of TrusteesOhio Hospital Association CEO Discusses Opioid Crisis with MHA Board

The Nov. 6 meeting of the MHA Board of Trustees began with a presentation from Mike Abrams, president and CEO of the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), about his organization’s experience battling the opioid crisis in Ohio. Abrams described …

Surprise Billing Legislation Approved by House Health Policy Committee

Michigan state capitol buildingOn Nov. 7, the Michigan House Health Policy Committee approved legislation to address the issue of surprise medical bills. Also referred to as balance billing, surprise medical billing occurs when patients are unexpectedly held responsible for the cost …

MHA CEO Brian PetersCEO Report – Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills

In his latest CEO Report, MHA CEO Brian Peters addresses the issue of surprise medical billing and the MHA's position to protect patients from any balanced billing scenario.

Medicare OPPS Final Rule Released; Separate Rule Planned for Pricing Transparency

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS), effective Jan. 1, 2020. The CMS did not finalize its proposal to …

E/M Services Return to Separate Medicare Rates in Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) physician fee schedule (PFS) to provide a slight increase for 2020. Payment is made under the PFS for services provided by physicians …

Sponsorship Opportunities Available for MHA Major Meetings

Sponsorship and advertising are now being accepted for two MHA major membership meetings: Breakthrough and the MHA Annual Membership Meeting. Both events allow organizations to maximize their return on marketing and business development efforts …

Medicare Advantage Enrollment Continues to Rise

Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment in Michigan totaled approximately 879,000 in October, an increase of 14,000 beneficiaries since July. The October MA enrollment is spread across 38 MA plans that are currently operating in the state, with …

The Keckley Report

Paul KeckleyRetail Health Taking Shape: It’s Central to Healthcare’s Future
“Retail health is evolving. It’s more than retail clinics, fitness apps, nutrition and home devices. It’s a platform that has the potential to fundamentally re-shape the entire U.S. healthcare industry.”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 4, 2019

News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of Nov. 11:

  • The Hospital Affiliated Legislative Officers will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the MHA Capitol Advocacy Center, Lansing. 
  • The MHA Council on Behavioral Health Integration will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at MHA headquarters, Okemos.
  • Open enrollment for 2020 health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.
  • Applications are being accepted through Nov. 25 for the 2020 American Hospital Association (AHA) Dick Davidson NOVA Award, which recognizes outstanding collaboration by hospitals and health systems for healthier communities.

MHA in the News

Read recent coverage of the MHA, including an article from MiBiz about new legislation to curtail prior authorization by health insurers that features a statement from the association. 


  • MHA Monday Report Nov. 11, 2019

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