Issues in Healthcare

State Reps. Roger Hauck (R-Mt. Pleasant) and Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park) April 16 introduced legislation to address the issue of surprise medical bills. 
The full state House of Representatives passed two clean-up bills related to the opioid bill package regarding hospice patients that passed during the last session.
As Michigan experiences its worst measles outbreak in decades, hospitals across the state that specialize in children’s health today urged parents to have their children vaccinated to protect them and others against measles and other serious diseases that can sicken and kill people.
The MHA and its Michigan Green Healthcare Committee encourage hospitals and health systems to support the Michigan Battle of the Buildings, a free energy-reduction competition that is an easy way to identify energy-efficient practices and improve the environmental footprint of healthcare facilities....
The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened its third meeting of the program year March 14 and developed recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.
The MHA joined the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM), state legislators and community members March 20 for a news conference in the Michigan State Capitol in conjunction with the Michigan Senate’s approval of Senate Resolution 0028 to commemorate March 20, 2019, as Hunger Solutions Day.
On March 15, the MHA hosted a webinar with the Honigman law firm on new air ambulance requirements taking effect March 19.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) hosted a hearing March 12 to gather public comment on the permanent rules to replace the emergency rules for reporting of poisonings due to the use of prescription or illicit drugs. 
Nearly 80 MHA members met virtually and in-person March 11 as part of a new MHA Keystone Center collaborative on workplace safety.
Approximately 90 women die each year in Michigan during pregnancy, at delivery or within a year of giving birth, and 44 percent of pregnancy-related deaths are considered preventable.
On March 12, a bipartisan group of representatives introduced House Bills 4327 and 4328, which would increase the penalties for those committing assault against healthcare professionals or medical volunteers.
As reported in December, amendments to the Public Health Code requiring hospitals to prioritize ground transportation over air for nonemergency patient transport will take effect March 19. 
The MHA hosted Techniques for Effective Aggression Management (TEAM®) training at several locations across the state during the week of March 4 for nearly 100 hospital employees.
On March 5, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented her fiscal year (FY) 2020 executive budget proposal to the Legislature. 
Chief executive officers and senior leaders from across the state attended Breakthrough Feb. 21 and 22 to dialogue about disruption in healthcare and how to design and launch a business strategy that results in better outcomes and less cost.
The MHA has released a new infographic highlighting Michigan’s 36 critical access hospitals (CAHs). The publication is part of the MHA’s public information campaign launching this spring, MiRuralCareMatters.
The latest report from the Partnership for Michigan’s Health shows that healthcare directly employed more than 602,000 Michigan residents in 2017, demonstrating that healthcare continues to be the largest private-sector employer in the state.
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.
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