Minnesota Hospital Association


August 14, 2017

MHA Newsline: Aug. 14, 2017

In this issue  

Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center honored with MHA Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Award

MHA on June 2 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 33rd annual awards ceremony.   

Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center received the Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Award in the small hospital category, which recognizes hospitals that have taken extraordinary and innovative steps to make patient safety a top priority throughout the hospital.   

While safety has always been important at Avera Marshall, two years ago leaders and staff began focused efforts to become a safe, highly reliable organization. The hospital implemented a daily safety huddle to establish a standardized approach to identifying and capturing safety issues and near misses. Leaders gather for a quick daily meeting to address safety issues from the previous 24 hours, look ahead for potential issues in the coming 24 hours and follow up on items identified in the previous day's huddle. 

This practice is improving collaboration, efficiency, accountability, engagement and transparency across the organization. In just two months' time, more than 50 issues have been reported and addressed. The focus is finding and fixing concerns that can contribute to errors to minimize harm and prevent future incidents.   

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

15 members met PAC fundraising goal by Aug. 1

Congratulations to the 15 hospitals and clinics that have met their Minnesota Hospital Political Action Committee (PAC) fundraising goal for 2017: 

  • Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center 
  • CentraCare Clinic - River Campus, Saint Cloud 
  • CentraCare Health - Monticello 
  • Essentia Health-Sandstone 
  • FirstLight Health System, Mora 
  • Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Saint Paul 
  • Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis 
  • Lakewood Health System, Staples 
  • LifeCare Medical Center, Roseau 
  • Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia 
  • North Shore Health, Grand Marais 
  • Northfield Hospital 
  • Redwood Area Hospital, Redwood Falls 
  • Tri-County Health Care, Wadena 
  • United Hospital District, Blue Earth 

These members demonstrate the importance of supporting the PAC. For more information about the PAC or your hospital PAC goal, contact Kristin Loncorich, director of state government relations, MHA, 651-603-3526. return to top   

Substance abuse telehealth grants available

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is accepting applications through Aug. 23 for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Substance Abuse Treatment Telehealth Network Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to health care services, particularly substance abuse treatment services, in rural, frontier and underserved communities. Learn more and access the application onlinereturn to top   

Quality Payment Program hardship application now available

The Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 transition year is now available on the Quality Payment Program website.  

Certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) is required for participation in the advancing care information performance category of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Under Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) scoring, MIPS-eligible clinicians and groups may qualify for a reweighting of their advancing care information performance category score to 0 percent of the final score and can submit a hardship exception application for one of the following specified reasons:

  • Insufficient internet connectivity 
  • Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances 
  • Lack of control over the availability of Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) 

Some MIPS-eligible clinicians who are considered Special Status will be automatically reweighted (or exempted in the case of MIPS eligible clinicians participating in a MIPS APM) and do not need to submit an application.   

For more information, contact the Quality Payment Service Center at 1-866-288-8292 or [email protected]return to top   

Participate in Assault Survivor Kits evaluation survey

Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul, in partnership with the Minnesota Hospital Association, provides Assault Survivor Kits free of charge to hospital emergency rooms and clinics throughout Minnesota. The goal of these kits is to comfort victims of sexual assault by providing needed toiletry and clothing items for distribution at hospital emergency rooms and clinics.   

To assess the effectiveness of these kits and the program, Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul is conducting a brief online survey. MHA members are asked to share this survey with staff who use the kits. The survey will be open until Sept. 9. Survey responses will help determine the most important items to include in the kits.   

Assault Survivor Kits are free to all Minnesota hospitals and contain a t-shirt, sweatpants, socks, underwear, a sports bra and toiletries. To order Assault Survivor Kits for your hospital, please visit the MHA store or contact Sarah Bohnet, MHA, 651-603-3494. return to top