Issues in Healthcare

Hospitals and health systems often face a myriad of complex challenges. Health disparities, costly errors, miscommunication and potential staff and patient harm are just a few of the daily hurdles that healthcare professionals must overcome.
The MHA Board of Trustees has designated workplace safety as a major area of focus for the 2019-2020 program year, and the association and the MHA Keystone Center are planning several initiatives to address the issue.
On Jan. 15, Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township) introduced House Bill (HB) 4042, a bill that would allow Michigan to enter an interstate nurse licensure compact.
Twice a year, the state of Michigan conducts Consensus Revenue Estimating Conferences that include the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies and the state treasurer. 
The 2019-2020 state Legislature is underway, as committee assignments in both chambers have been released and bills are being introduced.
Initial bill introductions in the new state Legislature have placed an early focus on auto no-fault insurance reform.
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have issued new and revised rules as part of the ongoing effort to fight Michigan’s opioid crisis. 
Members of the 100th Michigan Legislature were officially sworn into office Jan. 9, marking the start of the 2019-2020 legislative calendar.
On Dec. 27, a federal judge ruled in favor of the AHA and hospital plaintiffs in the lawsuit that was refiled in federal district court in September 2018, which sought expedited relief from the Medicare FFS payment cuts implemented in 2018 for many hospitals that participate in the 340B dr...
President Donald Trump on Dec. 21 signed into law federal legislation aimed at reducing maternal deaths during pregnancy and delivery.
The 2018 lame-duck session came to a close the morning of Dec. 21 following marathon overnight sessions in both the House and the Senate.
We applaud the House’s decision to table the lame-duck discussion on auto no-fault.
Once again, the House is poised to take a vote on an auto no-fault insurance proposal that is being sold as a “grand bargain” that, upon review, provides no guaranteed or permanent rate relief for drivers and fewer protections for those injured in car accidents.
The MHA is urging its members to contact their state legislators and ask them to vote no on any effort to dismantle Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law in the final days of the lame-duck session.
The Legislature has one week remaining in its legislative schedule for 2018. More than 250 bills have passed from the House or Senate chamber in the first three weeks of action, marking an increase in activity compared to past end-of-year sessions.
With the conclusion of the 2018 Michigan Harvest Gathering, the MHA and its members have contributed nearly 40,000 pounds of food and more than $60,000 to help feed the 1.6 million people who are suffering from hunger in Michigan.
The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened its last meeting of the year Dec. 6 to discuss legislative activity during the lame-duck session in progress and preview how the 2018 election outcome will impact healthcare policy in 2019.
The latest episode of the MiCare Champion Cast, the MHA’s podcast on issues surrounding healthcare, covers the impact that health information sharing has on patient care.
More than 2 million Americans are addicted to an opioid and, according to the best estimates, these drugs have killed another 52,000 Americans this year alone.
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