In this issue
Testimony on the governor’s supplemental budget recommendations
The Senate Health and Human Services Budget Division took public testimony on
April 5 on Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed supplemental health and human services
budget, which has now been put into SF3332, authored by Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL –
Mary Krinkie, MHA’s vice president of government relations, testified on behalf
of MHA. Krinkie noted three provisions of the bill that help address some of
the mental health challenges facing Minnesota:
- The Excellence in Mental Health
Act, MHA’s top legislative priority.
- Additional funding to fully
staff Minnesota’s seven Community Behavioral Health Hospitals.
- Additional funding to create a
stand-alone competency restoration services facility, which would free up
beds at the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center (AMRTC), as well as
additional funding for staffing at AMRTC.
Unfortunately, these new expenditures are proposed to be paid
for in part by moving some projected expenses out of the general fund and into
the Health Care Access Fund (HCAF). Krinkie also raised concerns about the
proposal to shift expenses from the general fund to the HCAF for a portion of
the Medical Assistance program’s cost for the coverage of adults without
children. In the next biennium, this totals about $239 million.
View Krinkie’s complete testimony on the MHA Member Center.
Budget targets update
Last week, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives released its
proposed supplemental spending budget targets. The House Republicans
suggest no new spending for health and human services for the rest of the
biennium. The House is proposing to repurpose some existing federal grants
to other health and human services priority spending areas.
House Republicans propose additional funding of $35 million dollars for
broadband in rural Minnesota. This would bring total broadband funding to $45.5
million passed this biennium.
The Senate is expected to release its proposed budget targets later this week.
The House and Senate will pass separate supplemental budget bills and then
agree on a final spending bill in conference committee.
For a complete list of 2016 legislative bills MHA is tracking, visit the MHA Member Center. For assistance accessing the
Member Center, contact Ashley Beno, member services and
communications specialist, 651-603-3545. return to top
to meet with legislators during Passover recess and National Hospital Week
Legislators appreciate hearing from constituents with personal
expertise about health care issues and issues affecting their community’s
hospital. MHA members are encouraged to invite local legislators to hospitals
in their home districts for meetings during the legislative recess for the
Passover holiday, April 22, and during National Hospital Week, May 8-14.
Please use the grassroots matching list found on our Member Center to contact
your legislators’ offices to issue the invitation. For resources to support you
as you plan a legislative visit, visit the MHA Member Center. Our session priorities handout can provide a
discussion guide. For additional support, contact Mary Krinkie,
vice president of government relations, or Kristin Loncorich, director of state government relations.
The Member Center is username and password protected. For login information,
contact Ashley Beno, member services and communications specialist,
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Hospital Week is May 8-14
National Hospital Week, May 8-14, celebrates hospitals and the
staff who support the health and well-being of their communities.
MHA is helping to coordinate efforts to result in statewide recognition. During
National Hospital Week, hospitals can host an event for staff and legislators, as
well as join the statewide social media campaign showcasing how hospitals serve
their patients and communities.
The Strengthening Healthy Communities campaign social media account will promote National Hospital Week stories about the
remarkable impact hospitals have on their patients and communities. Hospital
communicators can submit stories and photos to MHA or tag the Strengthening
Healthy Communities campaign in Facebook posts.
To help create a unified statewide storyline, please consider using the hashtag
#thanksMNhospitals in your communications.
To submit stories and photos or for additional support, contact Emily Lowther, communications manager, 651-603-3495. return to top
available to help hospitals combat ransomware and cyber threats
Hospitals and health systems remain targets of cyber criminals
attempting to gain access to personal information for financial gain and cause
as much disruption as possible
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is working with federal partners
including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to share resources for protecting critical
infrastructure from cyberattacks. AHA members also have access to secure alerts
from the FBI via the AHA member portal.
MHA is offering a web conference on ransomware, “Ransomware in Hospitals 2016:
Understanding the Problem and Potential Solutions,” on Wednesday, April 13,
from 12:30 to 2 p.m. To register for the conference, download the web conference brochure.
Here are five tips for preventing ransomware:
- Be very careful if an email contains an *.rar attachment,
especially if the word “Invoice” is in the subject line of the email.
- For now, be suspicious of all Word files attached to an email.
In addition, never open an emailed Excel file with macros unless you are
absolutely certain of the sender.
- If you realize you opened a malicious file, physically unplug
your machine immediately to stop the spread of its ransomware. If you think you
may have opened a bad attachment but nothing immediately happens to your
computer, it is still best to shut your machine down and call your technical
support staff. Some of the newest ransomware is designed to sit silent for a
few days, so you may be able to successfully remove it if you get help
being vulnerable to ransomware.
- Never plug in a flash drive of unknown origin. Hackers will
leave infected USB flash drives in parking lots and company lunchrooms,
counting on someone curious to plug it in and inadvertently introduce
ransomware to the network.
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issues child/adolescent extended stay psychiatric bed RFP
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for hospitals to provide extended stay
inpatient psychiatric treatment to children and adolescents.
DHS proposes to contract with hospitals to provide psychiatric inpatient
hospital level of care to children and adolescents who have a documented
medical necessity for psychiatric inpatient hospital level of care. The
contract will allow for a per diem payment beyond the initial acute care
inpatient hospitalization payment for eligible individuals under Medical
Assistance. The contracts apply to both fee-for-service and PMAP Medical
Assistance. Work is proposed to start no later than Oct. 1, 2016.
The RFP is available online. Letters of intent are required and are
due April 25. Proposals are due May 9. For more information, contact Bill Wyss,
Children’s Mental Health Division, DHS.
In addition to the RFP, the governor’s budget includes $3 million for FY2018-19
in grants to fund these contracts. return to top