Minnesota Hospital Association


January 19, 2015

MHA Newsline: Jan. 19, 2015

In this issue 

Week two legislative update

Many of the committees held overview hearings learning about the various state agencies. The House passed H.F. 6, a bill to bring Minnesota in compliance with federal tax law changes. H.F. 6 was amended in the House Tax committee to include provisions of H.F. 27 to clarify the 2013 Destination Medical Center law. The Senate is expected to consider the bill this week.    

Upcoming hearings of interest  
On Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 8:15 a.m. the House Civil Law and Data Practices committee will hold an overview hearing on the All Payer Claims Database (APCD). The Minnesota Department of Health will present the overview. MHA believes the APCD could be a valuable tool to advance the goals of the Triple Aim. We are hopeful that the recommendations from the APCD work group will lead to expanded use of the database.   

At noon that same day, the Senate Judiciary committee will hold a hearing on S.F. 141, authored by Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL–Columbia Heights), a bill that creates a county mental health grant program for persons under arrest or at risk to be under arrest. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 12:45 p.m. the House Health and Human Services Finance committee will get a briefing from the Alzheimer’s Association.  

Legislation of interest  
Some of the legislation that was introduced this week included:   

The AARP of Minnesota introduced legislation known as the Care Act. S.F. 107, authored by Sen. Kent Eken (DFL–Twin Valley), and H.F. 210, authored by Rep. Nick Zerwas (R–Elk River), that would require that hospitals give the patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver upon inpatient admittance to the hospital. Under this legislation, the hospital would be required to provide training for the caregiver upon discharge of the patient.    

Allina Health introduced S.F. 109, authored by Sen. Ann Rest (DFL–New Hope), and H.F. 190, authored by Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL–Golden Valley), to better align reimbursement to cost for its Transitional Rehabilitation Program (TRP). The TRP is part of the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, and provides highly specialized inpatient rehabilitation services for patients recovering from spinal cord, traumatic brain and complex neurological injuries. Many of their clients are discharged from Minnesota hospitals across the state to continue their recovery and return to the community.   

For a complete list of 2015 legislative bills MHA is tracking, visit the Member Center. For assistance accessing the Member Center, please contact Ashley Gauster, MHA member services and communications specialist, 651-603-3545.  returnto top   

Minnesota Rural Health Conference seeking proposals

The Minnesota Rural Health Conference, which takes place June 29-30 in Duluth, is seeking proposals for breakout sessions and learning stations — a new short format where the presenter presents for identical 15 minutes presentations in an hour. The conference features innovative solutions to challenges facing health care in rural communities. Sessions are sought in one of six learning tracks: workforce; emergency medical systems and time-critical care models; Triple Aim (value based care); mental health; care coordination; and health equity.   

Proposals are due Friday, Jan. 30 by 4 p.m. Submit your proposal here. For questions, contact Kim Nordin at the National Rural Health Resource Center, 218-727-9390, ext. 237.  return to top   

Proposals sought for 2015 Learning Days Conference

The Minnesota Department of Health – Health Care Homes, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and the Minnesota Accountable Health Model, State Innovation Model Grant are hosting the 2015 Learning Days Conference — Moving Forward Together: Building Healthy Minnesota Communities. The conference, May 12-14 in St. Cloud, is an opportunity for Minnesota health care home providers, State Innovation Model grantees, and community partners to gain knowledge, form relationships, and exchange information about integrating health care, behavioral health, long-term and post-acute care, local public health, social services and consumers. 

Proposals are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. for breakout sessions. Submit your proposal here. For questions, contact Shirley Scheuler, 651-201-4002. return to top