Issues in Healthcare

The Senate Committee on Insurance and Banking heard testimony Feb. 20 from Chris Mitchell, executive vice president, Advocacy & Public Affairs, MHA, and Laura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer, MHA, as part of its renewed effort to reform Michigan’s auto no-fault in...
The MHA is encouraging members to provide input on two opioid-related issues underway in Lansing. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will host a hearing March 12 to gather public comment .
The MHA will host workplace safety training, Techniques for Effective Aggression Management (TEAM®), at several locations during the week of March 4.
The MHA and executives from two MHA-member hospitals provided an informational presentation before members of the Senate Committee on Health Policy and Human Services Feb. 14.
In 2017, the MHA supported legislation regarding the Michigan Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (MI-POST) that became Public Act 154 of 2017.
Issues in Healthcare | February 11
On Feb. 5, a bipartisan group of senators introduced Senate Bill (SB) 80, which would increase the penalties for those committing assault against emergency department personnel.
The potential for aggressive behavior or violence toward employees exists in numerous situations in healthcare settings.
As reported Jan. 11, a federal judge ruled in late December in favor of the AHA and hospital plaintiffs, determining that the nearly 30 percent cut to Medicare fee-for-service payment rates for 340B drugs implemented in 2018 was unlawful and exceeded the authority of the CMS. 
On Jan. 25, Detroit’s WJR News Talk Radio broadcast the Paul W. Smith “Live from Lansing” show as part of its annual coverage of legislative and policy issues facing the state.
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.
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