Issues in Healthcare

In conjunction with the MHA partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to battle influenza and pertussis within hospitals, the MDHHS conducted a hospital survey in late 2016.
MHA members are encouraged to join the Michigan Association of Healthcare Advocates, the Michigan Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals and the MHA for Healthcare Advocacy Day, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing. 
On July 25, Senate Republicans successfully earned the votes necessary to move forward with the debate over how to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the 51-50 vote, Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of the action after Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski...
On July 14, Gov. Rick Snyder approved the fiscal year (FY) 2018 omnibus budget bill, House Bill (HB) 4323 during a special signing ceremony in Grand Rapids.
Updates Proposed for 2018 Physician Quality Payment Program The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule to update the Medicare Physician Quality Payment Program in 2018.
Hospitals Must Use Renewed Medicare Notices Beginning Aug. 28 The Office of Management and Budget for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewed notices that hospitals must use for Medicare beneficiaries who are admitted to their facilities.
Proposal Would Remove Visit Limit for Medicaid Outpatient Behavioral Health Services The Medical Services Administration (MSA) recently released a proposed policy to remove the 20-visit limit for outpatient behavioral health services for both Medicaid fee-for-service and Medicaid health plan bene...
Hospitals and clinicians that participate in the National Health Care Surveys can earn credit for meeting a portion of the Stage 3 objectives in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs (meaningful use).
The MHA submitted comments June 26 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Medicare fee-for-service proposed rules to update the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) and skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment systems.
Before leaving for the summer break, the Michigan House sent the Senate a package of MHA-supported bills regarding physician orders for scope of treatment (POST).
On June 19, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced that the state will be providing funding for integrating the new Michigan Automated Prescription System with the electronic health records and pharmacy dispensation systems of hospitals,...
The Michigan House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.), heard testimony June 14 on a package of bills regarding the physician orders for scope of treatment (POST) form and reported it to the House floor.
MHA Unemployment Compensation Program staff members have been participating since March in the Michigan Legislature’s Unemployment Work Group.
The Legislature moved a step closer to completing work on the fiscal year (FY) 2018 state budget, as the Joint House and Senate Department for Health & Human Services (DHHS) Conference Committee approved the conference report.
On June 6, the Senate Health Policy Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), reported out bills that are a part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s bipartisan bill package aimed at combating Michigan’s growing opioid epidemic.
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