Issues in Healthcare

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.
In response to comments received regarding the 340B drug discount program ceiling price and manufacturer civil monetary penalties, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a final rule to implement the Jan. 1, 2019, effective date of long-delayed 340B program regulations.
Attorney General Bill Schuette announced at the Nov. 8 Michigan Harvest Gathering celebration luncheon that, to date, the 2018 campaign has raised $305,000 and more than 403,000 pounds of food to help feed Michigan’s hungry residents, with three weeks remaining in the campaign. 
Midterm elections are finally over, but the MHA is just beginning to evaluate the impact of the results and how the new administration and legislators will affect healthcare in Michigan.
Voters will be heading to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6, and casting ballots for the key decision-makers on healthcare policy for the next two to four years.
Draft rules addressing the licensing of midwives in Michigan received a public hearing on Oct. 30. The rules stem from a law passed by the Michigan Legislature in late 2016 requiring the licensing of midwives, also known as certified professional midwives, which is distinct from specialized advanced...
Issues in Healthcare | November 02
This week's Race of the Week covers the Michigan Secretary of State race between Democrat Jocelyn Benson and Republican Mary Treder Lang.
This week's Race of the Week looks at the Election 2018 statewide ballot proposals.
This week’s MHA Race of the Week highlights the Michigan Attorney General race between Democrat Dana Nessel and Republican Tom Leonard. 
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, collects electronic data on patient care in hospital-based settings and describes patterns of healthcare delivery and utilization in the United States.
An MHA Cybersecurity Member Forum was held Sept. 14 at Davenport University, Lettinga Campus, Grand Rapids, to help members as they continue to mitigate evolving cyber security risks.
The newly released Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives addresses a wide range of questions about who physicians are and how they practice.  
As Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina Sept. 14, hospitals were prepared to care for the injured and medically fragile patients arriving in their emergency departments.
Issues in Healthcare | September 21
Recently, the ACA Medicaid Expansion in Michigan and Financial Health study was published through the National Bureau of Economic Research.
A recently published report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that Michigan experienced an 8 percent rise in opioid overdose-related deaths last year. 
On Sept. 11, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the formation of an anti-fraud unit to investigate insurance and financial fraud.
The upcoming general election will set the stage for critical healthcare policy decisions for Michigan and the nation in the years ahead. 
The MHA encourages members to renew their support of the Michigan Harvest Gathering (MHG) by conducting food drives within their facilities. 
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