Minnesota Hospital Association

Committees

For additional information on MHA committees, visit the MHA Member Center.

Annual Meeting Task Force

Evaluates past annual meetings; recommends changes in format, schedule and other components; plans educational content; and assists in implementing those plans. The task force meets once in April.

MHA staff liaison: Peggy Westby, vice president of education and member services

Healthcare Executives’ Institute Task Force

Plans the content and format of the annual executives’ institute, working to provide challenging and practical educational sessions for hospital leaders. The task force meets once a year.

MHA staff liaison: Peggy Westby, vice president of education and member services

Standing Committees

Finance Committee

Provides detailed financial analysis and recommendations on various financial issues to the MHA Policy and Advocacy Committee. Specifically, the committee deals with Prepaid Medical Assistance Program issues, Medical Assistance program issues, Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement issues, financial reporting requirements to the Department of Health and analysis and recommendations on legislative proposals as well as the state budget.

MHA staff liaison: Joe Schindler, vice president of finance

In-House Legal Counsel Committee

Discusses and develops common implementation strategies regarding recent legislation, regulations and court decisions. Makes recommendations to the MHA board on legal implications of proposed legislation or regulations for MHA members. Discusses and shares issues of concern and develops consensus recommendations to MHA’s board regarding approaches MHA could take to address such issues. Examines and discusses existing hospital practices to better understand and define community standards.

MHA staff liaisons: Ben Peltier, vice president of legal services and federal relations

Patient Safety Registry Advisory Council

Serves as the consensus group to establish recommendations for the MHA Patient Safety Committee on the management of data related to the quality and safety of care in member hospitals.

MHA staff liaison: Tania Daniels, vice president of quality and patient safety

Policy and Advocacy Committee

Evaluates issues of interest and importance to MHA’s members and makes proactive recommendations for strategic policy positions and the MHA legislative agenda to the MHA board. The committee also provides a forum for discussion and evaluation of non-MHA legislative proposals.

MHA Staff liaisons: Mary Krinkie, vice president of government relations and Kristin Loncorich, director of state government relations

Quality and Patient Safety Committee

Addresses public policy, leadership and best practices to position MHA and its member facilities as demonstrated leaders in patient safety. The committee creates change through the development of public policy, promotion of hospital leadership and collaboration with the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety to disseminate successful practices and patient safety resources. This committee serves as a conduit for all MHA member facilities.

MHA staff liaisons: Tania Daniels, vice president of quality and patient safety and Rahul Koranne, M.D., chief medical officer

Small, Rural Hospital Committee

Identifies and reviews issues to develop recommendations and proposals. Any issues relevant to rural health care can be considered, including legislative, regulatory and public policy positions initiated by MHA membership and staff. The committee encourages greater interaction with national, state and local organizations concerned with rural health issues.

MHA staff liaison: Joe Schindler, vice president of finance

Trustee Council

Develops and promotes state and regional programs, major conferences and resources for trustees of member organizations and systems. Identifies mechanisms for facilitating trustee networking, trustee leadership and political advocacy roles with MHA and at the American Hospital Association level.

MHA staff liaison: Peggy Westby, vice president of education and member services

Workforce Development Committee

Identifies, supports and develops resources and policies that increase health care workforce supply, improve hospital employee retention and support the best use of hospital resources, both human and technological. The committee reviews current legislative, regulatory and public policy positions and provides recommendations to the MHA Board of Directors regarding workforce implications to support a framework for effective advocacy.

MHA staff liaison: Kristin Loncorich, director of state government relations