In this issue
earns Outstanding Association Achievement Award for Healthcare Education
The American Association of Educators, an affiliate of the
American Hospital Association, recently awarded MHA with the Outstanding
Association Achievement Award for Healthcare Education. The award was given for
the Trustee Certification Program, in recognition of an outstanding milestone
in health care education. MHA started the Hospital Trustee Certification
Program in 2008 to help trustees strengthen their leadership and accountability
to both their hospital and community. This program was designed to provide
trustees with the opportunity to move beyond the basics of governance to a
forward thinking, strategic understanding of the healthcare environment and how
to move their hospital’s mission and vision to a new level.
In order to achieve certification, a trustee must complete 35 hours of
education in five specific areas of concentration, plus participate in nine
basic standards of board involvement. Nearly 100 trustees have completed
certification and 484 are currently in the process. In five short years, MHA
has not only increased awareness of the importance of trustee education, but
has also increased their trustee education participation in regional meetings
and conference by more than 40 percent. return to top
pressing DHS for solutions on presumptive eligibility
MHA has been in close contact with the Minnesota Department of
Human Services (DHS) to identify possible solutions that would make the
presumptive eligibility (PE) process available to hospitals, especially in
light of the difficulty many Minnesotans face trying to enroll through MNsure.
Under the ACA, as of Jan. 1, 2014, hospitals have authority to make a
presumptive eligibility determination for low-income, uninsured patients,
thereby temporarily enrolling those patients into Medicaid pending an actual
determination of eligibility. This practical approach helps uninsured patients
get their initial care, often delivered in a hospital’s emergency department,
as well as follow-up care covered by Medicaid while they complete the
application process and a final eligibility determination is made by the state.
The approach also helps reduce uncompensated care for hospitals by allowing
them to recover a portion of their costs from Medicaid payments.
MHA raised and explored multiple temporary solutions with DHS that would allow
Minnesota hospitals to begin making PE determinations as quickly as possible
for patients likely to qualify for Medicaid. Unfortunately — more than three
weeks after PE went into effect under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — DHS has
decided that none of the ideas can be implemented, and it remains unable to
project when a short- or long-term solution might be in place. DHS asserts that
the resources necessary to develop a PE solution are devoted entirely to
addressing problems with state public program enrollment through MNsure.
Given that a PE process is not in place and does not appear to be on the
horizon anytime soon, MHA is exploring other avenues to protect patients’ and
providers’ interests in the access to care and Medicaid reimbursements intended
by federal law.
For more information, contact Matt Anderson, MHA vice president of
regulatory and strategic affairs, 651-659-1421. return to top
Campaign earns National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission Patient Safety and
Minnesota hospitals and their community partners have received
national recognition for their work to reduce avoidable readmissions. The
Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively (RARE) Campaign was named a
recipient of the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality, one of the most
prestigious quality and safety awards in the country. This national recognition
is a reflection of the RARE Campaign participants' commitment to better care
for our patients, innovative improvement strategies and hard work.
The award recognizes your collaborative work that has resulted in preventing
6,211 avoidable hospital readmissions between Jan. 1, 2011 and June 30, 2013.
Your improvement work has helped patients spend 24,844 more nights sleeping
comfortably in their own beds instead of the hospital and has reduced inpatient
costs by an estimated $55 million. The RARE Campaign now includes 82
participating hospitals and 100 community partners across Minnesota.
Congratulations, the campaign would not have earned the award without the work
of participating hospitals! Read more about Minnesota’s award. return to top
collaborative on Mental Health Care Transitions set to begin
The RARE Collaborative: Mental Health Care Transitions, a
yearlong learning collaborative for organizations with inpatient mental health
units, begins this month. It is designed to support organizations in reducing
readmissions for these patients and improve their transition into post-acute
Using best and promising practices as well as evidence-based interventions,
each organization’s team will be coached through the process of improvement.
The collaborative will primarily use virtual meetings with a daylong session at
the beginning and end of the collaborative. Content will focus on the five key areas
known to reduce avoidable
readmissions: comprehensive discharge planning; medication management; patient
and family engagement; transition care support; transition communications.
Participating organizations, listed below, will network with each other and
learn from national experts:
- Essentia Health – Duluth
- Fairview Southdale Hospital,
- Hennepin County Medical Center,
- North Memorial Medical Center,
- Regions Hospital, St. Paul
- St. Cloud Hospital
- St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth
- State Operated Services: Anoka
Metro Regional Treatment Center and Community Behavioral Health Hospital,
- United Hospital, Fridley
- University of Minnesota Medical
Center, Fairview, Minneapolis
For more information visit the RARE Campaign website. return to top
for Building Collaborations for Local Community Health program
Registration is now open for the Building
Collaborations for Local Community Health program. Hospital community
health needs assessment staff and community benefits and outreach staff are
encouraged to attend this dynamic and interactive program that will feature a
keynote presentation by Julia Joh Ellingers, MPH, director, Assessment,
Planning & Workforce Development at the National Association of County and
City Health Officials.
The program will feature a discussion with successful collaborations between
local public health agencies and hospitals in Minnesota, and opportunities to
explore community health needs assessments and strategies for leveraging local
resources for improving population health.
The program will take place on Thursday,
Feb. 20 at the Dakota Lodge in West St. Paul. Registration
begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program is from 12:30 to 3 p.m. with lunch
provided. You must be an MHA member to register and space is limited to 50 MHA
members so register early. Registration is $30 per person on or before Feb. 7.
After Feb. 7, registration is $40 per person.
For more information or to register, visit MHA’s website or download the brochure. return to top