reporter Tom Hauser will close Annual Meeting
News political reporter Tom Hauser will provide an overview of the Minnesota
political landscape and discuss what recent surveys say Minnesotans are concerned
about for the upcoming November elections.
began covering Minnesota politics for KSTP EYEWITNESS NEWS in 1997. He hosts
the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS "At Issue" public affairs program on Sunday
The MHA Annual Meeting will be held
Sept. 17-19 at Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd. return to top
MN hospitals job shadow list updated
The list of Minnesota hospitals
currently offering job shadow opportunities has been updated. As a career
exploration strategy, job shadowing offers individuals the opportunity to gain
realistic insight into health care careers. Unlike interning or working, job
shadowing entails mainly observation and is typically defined for a short time
To view a list of hospitals currently offering job shadow opportunities,
If you would like your hospital
added to the list of hospitals offering job shadowing opportunities, contact Nathalie Squire, MHA workforce project manager,
651-603-3540. return to top
Member news: Kenneth D. Holmen named
CEO of CentraCare Health
CentraCare Health in St. Cloud has
named Kenneth D. Holmen, M.D. as president and chief executive officer
effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Dr. Holmen has been vice president
of physician strategies and business development for HealthPartners since 2004.
During that time, he was also chief medical officer and vice president of
medical affairs for Regions Hospital.
Dr. Holmen will replace Dr. Terry
Pladson, who is retiring Dec. 31 after 12 years as CEO of CentraCare. return to top
House votes to extend moratorium on direct supervision for outpatient
U.S. House passed legislation (H.R. 4067) that would extend the enforcement
moratorium on the outpatient therapeutic services “direct supervision” policy
through 2014 for critical access hospitals and rural prospective payment system
hospitals with 100 or fewer beds. The Senate version passed with unanimous
consent last February.
enforcement moratorium expired on Jan. 1.
4067 places a moratorium on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from
enforcing the policy for 2014 and potentially gives Congress more time to enact
additional legislation that would adopt a default standard of “general
supervision” for outpatient therapeutic services, such as H.R. 2801/S. 1143,
the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services Act. This legislation is
supported by the American Hospital Association.
Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and representatives Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and
Rick Nolan have signed onto S. 1143 and H.R. 2801 respectively.
developed and previously distributed to members a tool for members to better understand and adapt to the various elements of the direct supervision requirements.
questions, contact Matt Anderson, MHA senior vice
president, policy and strategic affairs, 651-659-1421 or Ann Gibson, MHA vice president, federal
relations and workforce, 651-603-3527. return to top
CentraCare locations to drop Humana
CentraCare Health officials cite a two year struggle to resolve
a multitude of issues with Humana’s Medicare Advantage product which has
resulted in the decision to drop participation with the plan as of Jan. 1,
2015. This decision affects all CentraCare facilities with the exception
of CentraCare Health – Monticello.
Issues impacting the decision are related to timely and
appropriate patient care, as well as inaccuracies in the reimbursement process.
For questions, contact Joe Schindler, MHA vice president
of finance, 651-659-1415. return to top
MAPS Award application deadline
due date for the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Awards nominations
has been extended to Monday, Sept. 29.
to MAPS members and non-members, the MAPS Awards aim to highlight, support and
disseminate patient safety best practice implementations. The emphasis for the
2014 awards are:
- Safety across settings of care
- Measuring safety progress
- Transitions of care
- Culture (including teamwork and
- Patient engagement
will be recognized at the 2014 MAPS conference: Safe Care Everywhere, held Oct.
22-24 at the Marriott Minneapolis Northwest in Brooklyn Park.
more information on the MAPS Awards criteria and nomination process, click here. For more
information on the MAPS conference, view the conference brochure
or click here to register. return to top
grant opportunity available
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is accepting Medical Education and
Research Costs (MERC) grant applications for clinical training provided in
fiscal year 2013 through Minnesota teaching institutions with accredited
teaching programs providing clinical training for:
- advanced practice nursing
- clinical social workers
- community health workers
- community paramedics
- dental students/residents
dental therapists/advanced dental
- chiropractic students
- medical students/residents
- physician assistants
grant applications are due Oct. 31 by 4 p.m. Click here for grant
application materials and eligibility requirements. For questions, contact Diane Reger, MDH Medical Education and Research Cost
program, 651-201-3566. return to top