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September 27, 2017

In two congressional briefings, CHI St. Gabriel’s Health (CHI St. Gabriel’s) leaders will speak to staff representing members of congress from across the country regarding the rural hospital’s successful efforts to reduce the flow of opioids into their community. The Minnesota hospital, serving the Morrison County population of 35,000 people, has helped 324 patients taper off controlled substances completely. In a year, that translates to more than 370,000 fewer controlled substance doses entering the community.

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September 22, 2017
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) has long advocated for health care coverage for all Minnesotans. On behalf of our 142 hospitals and health systems, MHA places a priority on preserving health care coverage for low-income Minnesotans. In addition, we want Minnesotans to have meaningful insurance coverage for all essential health care services.

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June 06, 2017
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) on June 2 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 33rd annual awards ceremony.   

Seventeen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety. 

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March 23, 2017
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) today released its first report examining the financial health of Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems. MHA plans to release this report annually analyzing the most updated financial data available; the report published today examines publicly available fiscal year (FY) 2015 data that hospitals and health systems are required to submit to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) each year.

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March 15, 2017
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) has long advocated for health care coverage for all Minnesotans. With that principle in mind, MHA supported the opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Minnesota expanded Medicaid early, providing nearly 200,000 additional Minnesotans with Medical Assistance coverage. Minnesota was one of just two states to implement a Basic Health Plan – enhancing our MinnesotaCare program, which now provides nearly 100,000 people with low premiums, low copays and a good benefit set.

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January 12, 2017

Eighteen hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

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October 03, 2016

MHAhas been selected as one of 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) contracts awarded build upon the collective momentum of the Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN) and Quality Improvement Organizations to reduce patient harm and readmissions.

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August 11, 2016
A new study by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) found that nearly one in five days mental health patients spend admitted to inpatient community hospital psychiatric units is potentially avoidable. “Potentially avoidable days” are days that mental health patients spent admitted to the hospital when they would more appropriately have been treated in a different care setting.

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July 13, 2016
Eight hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

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May 23, 2016

Minnesota Hospital Association’s annual awards recognize patient safety, volunteerism, innovations in patient care, hospital excellence. MHA honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 32nd annual awards ceremony. Seventeen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.  

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March 15, 2016
Today, the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP) and the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) stood with legislators from both parties to seek $8.5 million over the next three years to improve community-based mental health and addiction services. The legislation, the Excellence in Mental Health Act, would allow Minnesota to qualify for a federal initiative to expand access to mental health care and substance abuse treatment by investing in community-based treatment centers.

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January 12, 2016
Nineteen hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders. 

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October 01, 2015
Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems will continue efforts to improve quality and lower costs, and hope that future premium rates will reflect the slower growth in health care spending that has been occurring for several years. 

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September 28, 2015
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as one of 17 hospital associations and health system organizations in the country to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.    

Through the Partnership for Patients initiative – a nationwide public-private collaboration that began in 2011 to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent – MHA will participate in a second round of Hospital Engagement Networks to continue working to improve patient care in the hospital setting.  

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July 14, 2015

Eleven hospital leaders were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association's trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

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June 10, 2015
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has recognized the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for its leadership and innovation in health care quality improvement and patient safety. The Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award is given to state, regional or metropolitan hospital associations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality improvement and contribute to national health care improvement efforts.

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February 25, 2015
Representatives of Minnesota hospitals stood with legislators today in support of legislation that will bring new access to high-quality, cost-effective health care to all of Minnesota’s most remote citizens. Sen. Julie Rosen (R – Vernon Center) and Rep. Tara Mack’s (R – Apple Valley) legislation would expand health insurance coverage to include telemedicine visits, coverage that is inconsistent currently

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January 14, 2015
Sixteen hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders. 

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December 02, 2014
Minnesota hospitals and health systems have prevented more than 12,000 patients from being harmed and saved more than $93 million as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010-13. Nationwide, hospitals prevented 1.3 million patient harms and saved more than $12 billion in health spending, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

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October 24, 2014
— The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) announced today that hospitals and health systems from around the state have developed a coordinated strategy to care for Ebola patients in Minnesota. Minnesota’s plan is being implemented in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the state’s health systems and hospitals, emergency transportation providers, and other health care stakeholders to ensure that the statewide referral and transportation plans are coordinated and seamless if a patient with Ebola needs care in Minnesota. 

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July 22, 2014
Five hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.    

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January 14, 2014

Thirteen hospital leaders join 73 others in state who have completed comprehensive certification training    

Thirteen hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.     

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January 07, 2014

Annual report shows pressure ulcer prevention, drastic reduction of early elective deliveries and reduced readmissions

In its annual patient safety report, Minnesota hospitals participating in the federal Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) recorded the prevention of more than 6,200 readmissions; 682 fewer patients developed a pressure ulcer; 512 fewer patients experienced a fall; and 300 early elective deliveries were avoided.

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July 15, 2013

Sixteen hospital leaders join 57 others in state who have completed comprehensive certification training

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sixteen hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

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May 29, 2013
A broad-based coalition of hospitals and care providers working across the continuum of care has prevented 4,570 avoidable hospital readmissions between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012. As a result of the RARE Campaign (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively), it is estimated that patients spent 18,280 more nights sleeping comfortably in their own beds instead of the hospital. It’s better for patients and their families.

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May 19, 2013

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 29th annual awards ceremony on Friday, May 17.

Eighteen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from public achievement and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.

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May 01, 2013

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) is pleased that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBS) has decided to delay implementation of its payment model changes that were scheduled to begin May 1. A delay provides a window of opportunity for BCBS and hospitals to work through the issues before attempting to implement payment changes that could have jeopardized access to care in some communities. MHA appreciates that BCBS has heard the concerns of our members and that it is willing to respond to those concerns.

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January 31, 2013
The Adverse Health Events reporting system recorded a total of 314 adverse health events in Minnesota hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers last year. Overall, the report shows a decrease in medication errors, retained foreign objects and pressure ulcers, while there was an increase in falls, wrong body part surgical/procedural events, and patient protection events (suicides and elopements). There were 14 deaths and 89 serious injuries that resulted from the reported events.

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January 15, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ten hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

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December 19, 2012
St. Paul, MN — Concluding the first year of a two-year contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Minnesota’s hospitals participating in the Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network record the prevention of more than 3,200 readmissions, 463 fewer patients

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March 05, 2012
Minnesota hospitals are working to improve the quality and safety of the care they deliver — and share meaningful information about that care with the public. To recognize hospital and health care systems’ successes, 21 Minnesota hospitals have been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association.

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July 20, 2011
Statement from Lawrence J. Massa, President and CEO, Minnesota Hospital Association: The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), which represents 145 Minnesota hospitals and their respective health systems, is disappointed that policymakers turned again to disproportionate cuts to our health care system, and to the patients we serve, to fill the state’s budget shortfall.

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June 21, 2011
As of July 1st, 2011, 790,000 of Minnesota’s most medically-needy residents face an uncertain future with respect to their health care. Should the State Legislature fail to reach a budget agreement - and absent intervention by this Court – the well-being of these Minnesotans will be put at significant risk.

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