Minnesota Hospital Association


August 15, 2016

MHA Newsline: Aug. 15, 2016

In this issue 

Joy Plamann of St. Cloud Hospital honored with MHA Spirit of Advocacy Award

Joy Plamann, vice president of operations, acute division, CentraCare Health, and chief nursing officer, St. Cloud Hospital, received the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) 2016 Spirit of Advocacy Award, which recognizes strong participation and advocacy on behalf of patients, hospitals and health systems.   

Plamann began her career as a registered nurse at St. Cloud Hospital 21 years ago and currently leads three nursing units, the respiratory department and three physician groups. She began as a strong advocate for the employees at CentraCare and is now a national leader in promoting hospital safety for patients, visitors and staff. She was instrumental in furthering work to prevent workplace violence, even before the issue was taken up by state lawmakers.   

Serving as the chairperson for the St. Cloud Hospital Aggressive Incident Prevention Committee since its inception in 2010, Plamann has led this interdisciplinary team in creating many initiatives to improve staff and patient safety while preventing violence in the health care setting, such as providing de-escalation training for staff. She has shared her expertise on the topic of preventing violence in the health care setting locally, regionally and nationally. She has led an annual conference hosted by CentraCare but open to any provider for four years.   

Plamann has presented on workplace violence prevention to several Minnesota Hospital Association committees; served on a coalition of health care stakeholders on violence prevention led by the Minnesota Department of Health in 2014, which resulted in a road map for health care facilities; and was MHA's go-to person in the 2015 Legislature to testify on violence prevention legislation.   

Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA websitereturn to top   

Nearly 1 in 5 mental health bed days in Minnesota hospitals is potentially avoidable

A new MHA study 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.      

The first-of-its-kind study tracked de-identified mental health patients admitted to inpatient psychiatric units at 20 participating hospitals and health systems throughout Minnesota between March 15 and April 30, 2016. Of the 32,520 total mental health bed days in all participating hospitals, 6,052 – or 19 percent – were identified as potentially avoidable. This number translates to approximately 48,000 potentially avoidable days in a year in just 20 of Minnesota’s 147 hospitals.      

“Mental illnesses affect us all. Behind these numbers are patients and families who are not getting the care they need in the right place at the right time,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, MHA’s chief medical officer. “On any given day, 134 patients across these 20 hospitals could have been more appropriately served in a different care setting. Bottlenecks exist throughout the mental health care delivery system, resulting in patients remaining in community hospitals for extended periods of time – which in turn means that hospital beds are unavailable to others in the community experiencing mental health crises.”      

Learn more about the study on MHA’s websitereturn to top   

Dr. Jason Hwang, Daniel Sieberg, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn and Sara Ross to speak Sept. 22 at MHA's Annual Meeting

MHA's Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 21-23 at Madden's on Gull Lake in Brainerd. For more information, download the conference brochure. To register, visit MHA's website, log in, click “Calendar of Events” and select the program title to register. The cut-off date for the group block at Madden's is Aug. 23.   

Innovative physician Jason Hwang, Google spokeperson Daniel Sieberg, health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn and “Performing Under Pressure” practitioner Sara Ross will present at MHA's Annual Meeting on Sept. 22.   

Jason Hwang, M.D., MBA, is an internal medicine physician who is co-founder and chief medical officer of Icebreaker Health, a California-based health care startup that is transforming primary care by delivering services via smartphone app. During his presentation, “Disrupting U.S. Health Care,” he will discuss how disruptive innovations like direct-to-consumer diagnostics, patient-controlled electronic health records, telemedicine and hospital-at-home models of care have the potential to create transformative change in the health care industry.   

An Emmy-nominated and award-winning TV correspondent, Daniel Sieberg is head of media outreach and official spokesperson at Google. His thought-provoking presentation, “Next-Gen Health Care Trends,” will discuss how the self-monitoring aspect of health care offers a potentially dramatic shift in medicine.   

During her presentation, “Health is Everywhere: Consumers and the New Retail Health,” Jane Sarasohn-Kahn will discuss how a growing number of retail health touch points are emerging to serve the health and health-related demands of consumers. She will share how these retail health disrupters are reshaping the health care ecosystem and how Minnesota's health care stakeholders can capitalize on these trends in the emerging world of value-based health care.   

Sara Ross is vice president and head of innovation, research and training for the Institute for Health and Human Potential. Her presentation, “The Science of Emotional Intelligence,” will provide practical strategies to help you respond more skillfully as pressure, tension and complexity increase, along with identifying patterns, triggers and emotional habits that either drive or derail your performance.   

An application for continuing education approval has been submitted to the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators. return to top   

MNCASA sexual assault examination training webinars available online

MHA partnered with the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) to provide training webinars on medical forensic exams for sexual assault patients, which are now available for viewing on the MHA Member Center.   

Webinar topics include: 

  • Medical Forensic Exams for Sexual Assault Patients: An Overview 
    • This webinar provides an overview of medical forensic exams for sexual assault patients, including information that chief nursing officers should know regarding sexual assault patient response. 
  • SANE Training 101: Part 1 – What is Sexual Assault? 
    • Part one of this series teaches context around sexual assault, best practices around hospital responses to sexual assault patients and how to document the patient’s account of the assault. 
  • SANE Training 101: Part 2 – The Exam 
    • Part two of this series describes the aspects of a medical forensic exam and explain how to complete each component. 
  • SANE Training 101: Part 3 – Discharge and Follow-Up 
    • Part three of this series covers sexual assault patient discharge, follow-up and reporting to law enforcement. 
  • Billing, Insurance and Other Laws Regarding Sexual Assault Patient Care 
    • This webinar reviews state and federal laws related to medical forensic exam billing and payment, as well as additional laws regarding sexual assault patient care. 

MHA members can earn a total of four nursing contact hour CEUs from the webinars, with one nursing contact hour CEU being awarded for each of the first four webinars listed above. CEUs will not be awarded for the webinar on billing and payment. Instructions for obtaining CEUs are available on the MHA Member Centerreturn to top   

Zika virus resources available from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides regularly updated resources about the Zika virus on its website. Resources include Zika overview information; detailed information about prevention, transmission, symptoms, testing and treatment; research and publications; communication toolkits; and more. Zika training for health care providers is also available.   

To understand more about Zika virus infection, CDC established the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry and is collaborating with state, tribal, local and territorial health departments to collect information about pregnancy and infant outcomes following laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection during pregnancy. The data collected through this registry will be used to update recommendations for clinical care, to plan for services for pregnant women and families affected by Zika virus and to improve prevention of Zika virus infection during pregnancy.    

Health care providers or health department staff with questions about the registry can email the CDC or call 770-488-7100 and ask for the Zika Pregnancy Hotline. return to top