Issues in Healthcare

The American Hospital Association (AHA) issued an action alert the week of Nov. 6 urging nonprofit hospitals to contact U.S. representatives about a provision in the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, the federal tax reform package that would eliminate the tax exemption for private activity bonds, including q...
Issues in Healthcare | November 10
On Nov. 8, the Michigan Senate passed Senate Bills (SBs) 584-586, which would allow citizens to carry concealed pistols into hospitals and other areas that are currently designated as gun-free zones.
Issues in Healthcare | November 09
Attorney General Bill Schuette announced at the Nov. 8 Michigan Harvest Gathering celebration luncheon that, to date, the 2017 campaign has raised $320,000 and more than 791,000 pounds of food to help feed Michigan’s hungry residents, and donations are still coming in. 
Issues in Healthcare | November 09
The Michigan House of Representatives voted 45-63 to defeat a substitute version of House Bill (HB) 5013 late in the evening of Nov. 2. 
The House Committee on Insurance on Thursday, Oct. 26, reported an H-1 substitute for House Bill (HB) 5013 to the full House of Representatives. 
The MHA has launched a podcast series called the MiCare Champion Cast, which features interviews with healthcare policy experts in Michigan on key issues that impact healthcare and the health of communities.
Issues in Healthcare | October 19
The MHA has received its first reports detailing the results of hospital food and fund drives to benefit the Food Bank Council of Michigan through the Michigan Harvest Gathering (MHG).
Issues in Healthcare | October 19
The California Hospital Association and the state’s regional associations have established a relief fund for hospital employees who have been significantly affected by fires burning throughout the state. 
Issues in Healthcare | October 13
In response to Public Act 268 of 2016, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) took on a months-long statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services in Michigan. 
The Michigan Green Healthcare Conference was held Oct. 4 and 5 in Lansing, gathering sustainability officers, dieticians, clinicians, engineers and others with a passion for reducing the ecological footprint of the healthcare sector.
Issues in Healthcare | October 06
Puerto Rico has sustained historic damage resulting from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Power, water, supplies, fuel, phone lines and cellular towers are affected across most of the island; flood waters continue to hamper recovery efforts; and buildings have been severely damaged or destroyed.
Issues in Healthcare | September 29
The 2017 Michigan Harvest Gathering (MHG) kicked off this week with a media conference, held at the Cristo Rey Community Center, one of the main food distribution centers in the Greater Lansing area.
Issues in Healthcare | September 29
The House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.), heard testimony Sept. 20 on bills that are part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s bipartisan bill package aimed at combatting Michigan’s growing opioid epidemic. 
Issues in Healthcare | September 21
Hurricane Irma left various levels of destruction in its widespread wake. Among those whose lives have been seriously impacted are thousands of hospital employees across Florida, who continue to selflessly serve patients and support others.
Issues in Healthcare | September 15
As part of the fiscal year 2018 outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new, lower payment policy under the 340B prescription drug program.
Issues in Healthcare | September 15
As the Michigan Legislature gears up to look at ways to lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan, a poll released Sept. 13 found that Michigan voters disapprove of a practice commonly referred to as redlining,
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently informed providers that, due to the upcoming transition to the Statewide Integrated Governmental Management Application (SIGMA), there will be a delay in Medicaid fee-for-service payments and remittance advices from the MDHHS.
Issues in Healthcare | September 12
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey continues to circulate throughout southeast Texas since making landfall Aug. 25, and hospital personnel in the area have stepped up to the extremely challenging conditions. 
Hunger knows no boundaries. It affects every community across our state and people from every walk of life. It forces families to choose between putting food on the table, filling needed prescriptions, or paying the rent. 
The MHA is launching #MiCareMatters, a statewide campaign urging Michiganders who work in the healthcare field or anyone who cares about healthcare issues in Michigan to sign up to become a MiCare Champion at
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