Steven Mulder honored with MHA Spirit of Advocacy Award
MHA on June 1 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health
care at its 34th annual awards ceremony.
Dr. Steven Mulder of Hutchinson Health received the MHA Spirit of Advocacy
Award, which recognizes strong participation and advocacy on behalf of
patients, hospitals and health systems.
Mulder is one of MHA’s long-standing champions for patient safety. An early
supporter of quality and patient safety work, he worked with MHA to help
develop and pass Minnesota's original adverse health events reporting law,
which helps hospitals and health systems across the state work together to
track, report, learn from and prevent avoidable errors and improve patient
care. He also played a vital role in communicating the significance of this
reporting and learning system to his colleagues across the state.
In recent years, Mulder represented MHA on a Minnesota Department of Health
study group on nurse staffing and testified when new measurement and reporting
requirements were being considered by the legislature. In 2018 he testified in
support of MHA legislation that would align the Minnesota Health Records Act
Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To
learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA website. return to top
honored with Strengthening Healthy Communities campaign awards
MHA recently received recognition from two international awards programs for “The Whole Community,” a Minnesota’s Hospitals: Strengthening Healthy Communities
campaign video featuring opioid abuse prevention and treatment efforts at CHI
St. Gabriel’s Health.
For over 20 years, the Communicator Awards program has honored work
in marketing and communications that makes a lasting impact. MHA received two
Communicator Awards of Distinction in the categories of nonprofit and social
For 39 years, the international Telly Awards have recognized the best work in
video across all screens. MHA was honored with four Telly Awards, receiving
bronze awards in the categories of health and wellness, not-for-profit, social
responsibility and social issues (non-broadcast).
MHA is pleased to share these awards with CHI St. Gabriel’s Health and all hospital
and health system members supporting the Minnesota’s Hospitals: Strengthening
Healthy Communities campaign. return to top
to help Medicare beneficiaries transition to new cards
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS) began distributing new Medicare identification cards to Medicare
beneficiaries in April. The distribution of these new cards to Minnesota
beneficiaries was completed in June. The cards have a new alphanumeric Medicare
Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that replaces the Social Security Number-based
Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) to guard against identity theft.
To ensure that people with Medicare continue to get care, health care providers
can use either the former HICN or the new MBI for all Medicare transactions
through Dec. 31, 2019.
Minnesota Medicare patients who did not receive a new card should either sign
in to their account on the MyMedicare website - www.mymedicare.gov - to see if a
card has been mailed and print a copy or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
MHA encourages members to provide Medicare patients with CMS’ “Still Waiting for Your New Card?” brochure,
which can be printed or ordered from CMS. return to top