Minnesota Hospital Association


August 27, 2018

MHA Newsline: Aug. 27, 2018

In this issue 

Dr. 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 with HIPAA.   

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

MHA 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 responsibility.   

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   

Resources 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