Minnesota Hospital Association


March 25, 2019

MHA Newsline: March 25, 2019

In this issue 

Mayo Clinic Health System offers women’s health and wellness program

Since 2008, Mayo Clinic Health System has offered an annual women’s health program designed to educate women on health prevention and wellness. In 2018, Mayo Clinic Health System hosted a Women’s Health and Well-Being Symposium at locations in Albert Lea, Owatonna and Red Wing.   

To design the program, a regional committee composed of Community Engagement and Public Affairs staff from Albert Lea, Owatonna and Red Wing came together to identify symposium topics in alignment with Community Health Needs Assessment findings. The program focused on mental health, including mental illness and issues stemming from drug addiction, and promoted resiliency and strategies for managing physical pain induced by stressful situations.   

The committee partnered with Mayo Clinic Health System care providers who are experts in the field of mental health related to addiction, pain management and resilience. Approximately 25 staff and volunteers, in addition to the speakers, helped to make the three events successful in each location. Over 300 women attended the free events and heard how resiliency can positively impact mental and physical health, and how drug addiction can impact all aspects of life.   

Visit the MHA website to learn more and read the full Community Benefit Reportreturn to top   

Governor’s health and human services budget provisions heard in committee

The House Health and Human Services Finance Committee on March 21 heard the governor’s health and human services budget recommendations in HF 2184, authored by Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester).   

MHA supports many provisions in the proposal, including funding for school-linked mental health grants, certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs) and compliance with the outpatient 340B drug rule. A problematic provision creates a controlled substance provider registry that includes a $125 registration fee for any provider who prescribes a controlled substance. Mary Krinkie, vice president of government relations, MHA, testified in support of the outpatient drug rule and also shared concerns about the new controlled substance registry. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the House HHS omnibus bill.   

With questions, contact Mary Krinkie, vice president of government relations, MHA, 651-659-1465, or Kristen McHenry, director of state government relations, MHA, 651-603-3526.   

Session bill tracker
For a complete list of 2019 legislative bills MHA is tracking, visit the MHA Member Center. For assistance accessing the Member Center, contact Ashley Beno, member services and communications specialist, MHA, 651-603-3545. return to top   

Register for April education sessions for rural hospitals

MHA will hold its annual Health Care Delivery Strategies for Rural Hospitals sessions April 23 at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter and April 24 at Jackpot Junction in Morton.   

Designed for rural hospitals, the sessions address state and federal policy developments, cost report issues, Medicare and Medicaid billing updates, billing for victims of trafficking and sexual assault, price transparency and physician/clinic billing.   

Following each daily general session, separate breakout sessions will be provided for billing and finance issues. Finance sessions will be presented by Joe Schindler, vice president of finance, MHA; Sue Ankeny, director, RSM US LLP; and Michael Smith, health care reimbursement senior manager, Eide Bailly LLP. National Government Services provider outreach and education staff Kim Thomas will speak at the billing breakout sessions.   

The programs are cosponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.   

More information and registration materials are available on the MHA website. With questions, contact Christy Hammer, education specialist, MHA, 651-659-1412. return to top   

Deadline extended to April 5 for MHA annual CEO, CFO and CNE salary surveys

The deadline to submit this year’s chief executive officer, chief financial officer and chief nurse executive online compensation surveys has been extended to April 5.   

The survey results will highlight salary averages by budget size, years in health care, geographical region and years in current positions. The broader the survey participation, the more representative the results. Participants will receive summary reports.   

Members eligible to participate in the confidential surveys were emailed access information on Feb. 21. With questions regarding the surveys, contact Nick Johnston, financial analyst, MHA, 651-603-3536, or Jennifer Sanislo, division assistant, MHA, 651-659-1440. return to top