Federal Fact Sheets
Federal support for training our next generation of health care professionals is critical as the nation prepares for workforce shortages, the effects of an aging population and the influx of newly insured residents.
Minnesota's small and rural hospitals preserve access to care. MHA asks that Congress protect and maintain the current Critical Access Hospital program, and also work to fix the administrative limitations of the 96-hour and direct supervision requirements.
MHA asks for pragmatic policy steps to improve Medicare for Minnesota's seniors and health care providers.
Minnesota hospitals are committed to maintaining leadership in patient safety and quality and ask for continued funding for the Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) and co-sponsorship of H.R. 1343/S. 688, legislation to adjust the Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program based on sociodemographic status of patients.
Minnesota hospitals are committed to meeting the challenges posed by disasters and infectious disease outbreaks and ask that the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) release the $381.5 million in unallocated funds and recognize the intent of Congress to adequately reimburse hospitals for Ebola preparedness and response.
Minnesota’s fragile mental and behavioral health system needs support from the federal government in order to meet the demand for treatment and service from Minnesotans with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
MHA seeks federal action to support greater adoption and reimbursement of telemedicine as a means of delivering care to Medicare beneficiaries.
MHA asks for continued protection and maintenance for the
current CAH program, and also to work to fix the administrative limitations
of the 96-hour and direct supervision requirements that constrain the
efficiency and effectiveness of Minnesota’s CAHs.
The Minnesota Hospital Association requests a renewed commitment to our health care workforce by opposing further across-the-board cuts to medical education and lifting the 17-year freeze on residency slots.
MHA requests support of thoughtful policy reforms designed to provide better care at lower costs instead of across-the-board payment reductions.
Minnesota is a national leader in patient safety and quality and MHA encourages support of continued funding for Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) and urges the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program to be improved through H.R. 4188, the Establishing Beneficiary Equity in Hospital Readmissions Program Act.
The Affordable Care Act included a provision
requiring hospitals with greater than 50 beds
to participate in a “patient safety evaluation
system” in order to contract with any health
plan offered on an exchange beginning Jan. 1,
For more than 20 years, MinnesotaCare has
been an effective way to provide affordable health
coverage for low-income, working Minnesotans.
To continue MinnesotaCare, the state will need
it to qualify as a Basic Health Plan and receive
corresponding federal funding.
Because Minnesota hospitals and health systems
already deliver more efficient care than the
national average, across-the-board cuts have
greater negative impacts in Minnesota than other
The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 froze the number
of residency positions available for Medicare
funding at the 1996 level, thereby limiting the
number of physicians trained each year. However,
the Association of American Medical Colleges
(AAMC) estimates that in 2015 there will be a deficit
of 62,900 physicians, which will double by 2025.
Congress recognized the importance of access
to health care in rural communities and the
vulnerabilities of small and rural hospitals by
creating the critical access hospitals (CAH)
program. Yet, some have now proposed eliminating
the CAH designation for any hospital that is fewer
than 15 miles from the next nearest hospital.
Minnesota's small and rural hospitals are the cornerstone of their communities. In addition to providing life-saving access to quality health care services, they are often the largest employer in the community, attract and employ a highly educated workforce, and they serve as a vital community resource for other employers' recruitment and relocation.
(MHA) convened a
work group to
explore how state and national
policy makers can
and health systems’ regulatory burden and administrative costs. A final report was issued in
2012 enumerating dozens of ideas. The following exemplify the federal regulatory relief suggestions the group identified.
Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are
committed to providing patients with the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.
A critical component of this equation
the right drugs available.
number of drug shortages has tripled
in the last six years.
Minnesota hospitals make life-saving care available
24 hours a day, seven days a
week. At a time when hospitals
face the simultaneous challenges
and uncertainties of implementing federal health care reform, a shaky economy and the effects of
and federal budget cuts, it
is important to ensure that every hospital can
continue to fulfill its critical role as
the safety net for its community.
Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) members are actively participating in and, in some instances, creating nation-leading health care reform experiments. Each of these initiatives entails risk on the part of the hospital or health system, but the payoffs from the experience will come in the form of higher quality care forpatients and lower rates of cost growth for payers.