Minnesota Hospital Association


January 21, 2019

MHA Newsline: Jan. 21, 2019

In this issue 

Hospitals contribute $5.2 billion in uncompensated care, health improvement programs to Minnesota communities

Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems contributed nearly $5.2 billion in programs and services in 2017 to benefit the health of their communities, an increase of 6.4 percent compared to 2016, according to the latest annual Community Benefit Report released by MHA.   

“Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are dedicated to their community service missions of supporting their communities by promoting health,” said Lawrence Massa, president and CEO of MHA. “Much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office – in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. Just as our care teams devote themselves to meeting the needs of patients in the hospital, our hospitals and health systems are driven to address their communities’ needs.”     

Of the $5.2 billion, Minnesota hospitals provided $502 million in proactive services responding to specific community health needs, such as health screenings, health education, health fairs, immunization clinics and other community outreach, including in the areas of fitness, nutrition, weight loss, mental health and diabetes prevention.   

To learn more and view the full report, visit the MHA websitereturn to top   

MHA meets with congressional staff to discuss legislative priorities 

Despite the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government, Ben Peltier, vice president, legal and federal affairs, MHA, and Briana Nord Parish, director of policy, MHA, were able to meet with congressional staff during a visit to Washington, D.C. They discussed MHA’s 2019 legislative priorities and introduced MHA to the new members of the delegation.   

MHA’s federal legislative priorities for 2019 include: 

  • Providing meaningful health care coverage for all Minnesotans 
  • Ensuring federal health care payments support high-quality and highly efficient providers 
  • Addressing rising pharmaceutical costs 
  • Expanding access to mental health care through continued support for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics 
  • Providing regulatory relief for hospitals and health systems to allow for flexibility to improve the quality and efficient delivery of care 

While Congress seems unable to reach agreement on how to end the partial government shutdown, Minnesota’s delegation was eager to identify issues where they can work together. Democratic and Republican delegation staff identified addressing rising drug prices as a potential area for bipartisan, bicameral cooperation. MHA discussed the challenges related to growing drug prices for hospitals and health systems and their patients. MHA also highlighted the importance of the 340B Drug Pricing Program in providing additional resources to hospitals to support community benefit services.   

For additional information on MHA’s federal priorities, contact Ben Peltier, 651-603-3513, or Briana Nord Parish, 651-603-3498. return to top   

New resources available on MHA Member Center

The MHA Member Center provides resources and information exclusively for MHA members. Members can manage their contact information, register for upcoming events and access important member-exclusive documents.   

New for 2019, MHA has refreshed the Member Center interface to help members more quickly find information. In addition, new resources on priority topics are now posted.   

The Member Center is username and password protected. For assistance accessing the Member Center, contact Ashley Beno, member services and communications specialist, MHA, 651-603-3545. return to top