In this issue
Hospital Week is proclaimed Minnesota Hospital Week by Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov.
This year’s National Hospital Week runs from May 8-14. This
annual observance celebrates hospitals and the dedicated care teams who support
the health and well-being of their communities through dedication and
compassionate care from the heart.
To help celebrate National Hospital Week and recognize the critical role that
Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems play in caring for patients and in
strengthening the health of their communities, Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov.
Tina Smith have proclaimed May 8-14 as Minnesota Hospital Week. View the proclamation.
Throughout the week, MHA will be sharing a statewide social media ‘Thank You’
to the caregivers of Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems. You can follow
the conversation and join in by liking MHA’s Facebook page and the Strengthening Healthy Communities Facebook page,
as well as by following MHA on Twitter. Share your own messages of
thanks by using the hashtags #ThanksMNHospitals and #HospitalWeek.
Learn more about National Hospital Week and access resources online. return to top
Nurses Week highlights a culture of safety
May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, an annual observance that
celebrates the important role nurses play in health care. This year, the
American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected “Culture of Safety: It Starts
with You” as the theme for 2016. A strong safety culture within Minnesota’s
hospitals and health systems is the foundation of patient safety and quality
Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems recognize the more than 122,000 nurses
in Minnesota who are critical care team members and play an integral role in
maintaining a culture of safety.
MHA encourages members to honor nurses during this recognition week. Learn more
about National Nurses Week and access resources online. return to top
conference committee members named
Last week, 10 state senators and representatives were appointed
to serve on the omnibus appropriations conference committee. They include
Senators Dick Cohen (D – St. Paul), Michelle Fischbach (R – Paynesville), Tony
Lourey (D – Kerrick), Tom Saxhaug (D – Grand Rapids) and Chuck Wiger (D –
Maplewood) and Representatives Jim Knoblach (R – St. Cloud), Matt Dean (R –
Dellwood), Pat Garofalo (R – Farmington), Jenifer Loon (R – Eden Prairie) and
Denny McNamara (R – Hastings).
These 10 legislators are charged with negotiating the differences between the
Senate and House supplemental appropriation bills, including health and human
services spending. On Friday, Mary Krinkie, MHA vice president of government
relations, emailed MHA members who have hospitals in these communities asking
them to reach out to the conferees in support of funding MHA’s mental health agenda.
For additional information, contact Mary Krinkie or Kristin Loncorich, director of state government relations, MHA.
Session bill tracker
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, MHA, 651-603-3545. return to top
funding to continue under new program name
MHA is pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to continue the Hospital Engagement Network
(HEN) model. Based on several positive evaluations, site visits and reviews
from CMS, MHA hopes to be a strong contender for the continuation of this
important quality improvement work across Minnesota’s hospitals and health
systems in service of patients.
On April 22, CMS released a statement of intent to issue a request for proposal
to fund the next iteration of HEN. The program’s name will change to Hospital
Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). The priority of HIIN will again focus on
the core areas of harm identified in the original HEN work as well as
MHA anticipates the RFP will be released in mid-May. CMS has indicated that
multiple contracts are expected to be awarded by September 20 with a
performance period of up to three years.
With questions, contact Tania Daniels, vice president, quality and
patient safety, MHA, 651-603-3517. return to top
SANE training to be offered Oct. 13-14, 19-21
A 40-hour sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) training course
is scheduled for October 13-14 and October 19-21 at the Essentia
Health-Hermantown Clinic in Hermantown. The cost is $350, which includes lunch
and snacks. CEUs will be provided.
SANE is a best-practice model for providing medical care and ensuring proper
evidence collection for sexual assault victims. This 40-hour training course
will focus on basic forensic medical examination techniques and issues, as well
as highlight the importance of a victim-centered, team approach.
A flier is available to publicize the training
opportunity. To register or for more information, contact Em Westerlund,
SANE coordinator, Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA). return to top
violence prevention efforts highlighted in patient safety publication
Minnesota’s collaborative efforts toward workplace violence
prevention were featured in an article authored by MHA and the Minnesota
Department of Health published in Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare. The
article highlights the comprehensive workplace violence prevention resources
that were collaboratively created by a public-private coalition of health care
stakeholders, including MHA and the Minnesota Department of Health. Rahul
Koranne, M.D., chief medical officer, MHA, and Tania Daniels, vice president,
quality and patient safety, MHA, co-wrote the article along with
representatives from MDH.
In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law that hospitals
must design and implement preparedness and incident response plans for action
of violence that occur on their premises, and provide training for employees.
Hospitals’ preparedness and incident response plans were to be put in place by
Jan. 15, 2016, with training underway at that time and completed by Aug. 1,
2016. Training must also be incorporated into new employee training on an
ongoing basis and all health care workers must be retrained annually.
Additional resources for implementing the workplace violence prevention law are
available on the MHA website as well as the MDH website. return to top
meetings scheduled for May 20, May 24, June 1
Registration is now open for upcoming meetings to discuss
partnering during the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process.
Sponsored by MHA and the Local Public Health Association (LPHA), these meetings
will identify how local public health and hospitals are currently
collaborating, identify barriers in CHNA work and clarify areas where
additional technical assistance is needed across the state for both local
public health and hospitals. The same facilitation guide and format will be
used at each of the meetings. MHA members with CHNA responsibility are
encouraged to attend one of the meetings:
- May 20, noon-4 p.m., St. Paul
- May 24, noon-4 p.m., St. Cloud
- June 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,
Lunch will be provided. Register online to attend a meeting. For more
information, please contact Kristin Loncorich, state director of
government relations, MHA. return to top
equity conference scheduled for May 26
The Minnesota Community Health Workers Alliance is holding a
one-day statewide conference "Health Equity: Many Voices, Shared
Vision" on May 26 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and
Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul.
The opening session will feature Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Ed
Ehlinger, M.D., MSPH, and Minnesota Department of Human Services Assistant
Commissioner for Community and Partner Relations Anne Barry, J.D., MPH.
Additional learning and discussion breakouts will all support conference
- Describe current initiatives in
Minnesota that help achieve health equity and the Triple Aim
- Identify new developments,
emerging lessons, best practices and helpful resources to improve
access, cultural competence, outcomes and sustainability
- Define opportunities, research
and success factors for next-stage work to impact the health of
- Strengthen cross-sector
connections, celebrate progress and recognize leadership
Learn more and register online. return to top
Summer Trustee Conference to be held July 8-10
MHA’s 30th annual Summer Trustee
Conference will be held July 8-10 at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in
Alexandria. The conference is designed to provide hospital board members with
the opportunity to focus on challenges facing trustees. It includes six general
sessions and nine breakouts focusing on issues of transformation, reform,
patient safety and the future of health care.
Matt Anderson, MHA senior vice president, policy and strategy, will present a
general session, “Mental and Behavioral Health: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s
Potentials.” He will summarize efforts underway in Minnesota and around the
country to develop new models of care, expand capacity across the care
continuum, change public policy and more effectively deploy our available
Gary S. Lynn, Ph.D., professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, led a team of
researchers to uncover the 10 emergent innovations that are transforming health
care and assembled best practice cases in each area. During his general
session, “Best Practice Innovations Revolutionizing Health Care,” he will share
results from participants who have implemented these innovations with
For more information or to register, download the conference brochure. return to top