Minnesota Hospital Association

Overview

Who We Are

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) represents Minnesota’s 142 nonprofit hospitals and health systems, which employ more than 127,000 people, provide high-quality care for patients and meet the needs of our communities. Since 1917, MHA has worked to provide Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems with the resources, best practices and guidance to provide an exceptional patient experience and high-quality, affordable care that extends beyond the hospital’s walls.    

Minnesota’s hospitals provide some of the best care in the nation and are dedicated to promoting and improving the health of local communities and our residents. In 2015, Minnesota hospitals provided more than $4.3 billion in contributions to their communities, while providing care for 521,302 inpatient admissions, 12.7 million outpatient registrations and more than 1.9 million emergency room visits.


Minnesota’s hospitals provide needed access to health care. There are 125 24-hour emergency rooms in the state. All Minnesota hospitals’ emergency rooms treat anyone who enters, regardless of ability to pay. There are 77 rural hospitals with the federal critical access hospital designation to preserve access to care in rural areas of Minnesota.

What We Do

Advocacy

MHA works to develop, promote and implement health care policy at the state and federal levels of government to benefit hospitals’ patients, employees and communities. Our government relations officers work closely with members to bring hospitals’ concerns to St. Paul and Washington, D.C. MHA partners with health care providers, community groups and other stakeholders to advance our common interests.

Communications

MHA keeps members, associate members, trustees and auxilians informed about important hospital news in the state through a variety of publications and through its website, www.mnhospitals.org. The association also provides communications counsel for members. In addition, MHA works with the media to share hospital information with the public. Finally, outstanding Minnesota hospital leaders and initiatives are recognized through MHA’s annual awards program.

Data and Information Services

MHA provides data resources for members, policymakers, researchers and others.These resources include annual financial summary data through the Health Care Cost Information System (HCCIS) and information about health care administrative claims. MHA also analyzes policy proposals to gauge their potential effect on hospitals and their patients.

Education

MHA organizes conferences and educational programs for the professional development of hospital leaders throughout the year on subjects ranging from the effects of new laws to critical access hospital issues. In addition, MHA annually convenes two major conferences for trustees and two for health care leaders.

Finance

MHA provides financial analysis and support to its members in the areas of reimbursement, financial policy and legislative issues.

Legal Services

MHA provides legal and regulatory information to members and their own legal counsel on a wide variety of issues, including facility licensure, antitrust issues and Medicare regulations. MHA works tirelessly to ensure that the association's financial and human resources are used effectively and innovatively.

Priority Issues

MHA advocates on behalf of its members with federal and state lawmakers, educating them on complex issues in health care and ensuring they have the tools they need to make informed decisions. MHA works to develop strong channels of communication with legislators and to define the priorities of the health care community. In addition to informing legislators and other state and federal stakeholders about such topics as health care reform, workforce development and Minnesota’s position as a leader in quality and patient safety, we ensure elected officials understand the important role that Minnesota’s hospitals play in their communities, and the economic impact hospitals have on our state. 

Learn more about MHA's priority issues.

Quality and Patient Safety

MHA leads multiple quality and patient safety initiatives to help hospitals improve care through evidence-based practices. MHA provides robust tools to aid members in building successful patient safety programs. Minnesota’s leadership on quality and patient safety is recognized throughout the nation, and other states look to MHA in creating their own patient safety programs.