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Training our future health care workforce

April 2015
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.

Small and rural hospitals preserve access to care

April 2015

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. 

Minnesota hospitals are committed to maintaining leadership in patient safety and quality

April 2015

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.  

Increase access to and services for mental health

April 2015
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.

Small and Rural Hospitals Preserve Access to Care

April 2014
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. 

Developing a Strong Health Care Workforce

April 2014
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.

Minnesota Hospitals are Leaders in Patient Safety and Quality

April 2014
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. 

Patient Safety and Quality

April 2013
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, 2015.

Health Care Reform

April 2013

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.

Deficit Reduction

April 2013

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 states.

Health Care Workforce

April 2013

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.

Small and Rural Hospitals

April 2013

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.

Small and Rural Hospitals

May 2012

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.

Regulatory Relief

May 2012

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) convened a work group to explore how state and national policy makers can reduce hospitals’ and health systems’ regulatory burden and administrative costs. A final report was issued in January 2012 enumerating dozens of ideas. The following exemplify the federal regulatory relief suggestions the group identified.

Prescription Drug Shortages

May 2012

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 is having the right drugs available. However, the number of drug shortages has tripled in the last six years.

Medicare and Medicaid

May 2012

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 state 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.

Health Care Reform

May 2012

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.