Minnesota Hospital Association


January 26, 2015

MHA Newsline: Jan. 26, 2015

In this issue 

Minnesota's nonprofit hospitals contribute $4.2 billion in health care and programs to Minnesota communities 

Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems contributed more than $4.2 billion in programs and services in 2013 to benefit the health of their communities, an increase of 5.4 percent compared to 2012, according to MHA’s latest annual Community Benefit Report.   

Of the $4.2 billion, Minnesota hospitals provided $459 million in proactive services responding to specific community health needs, including health screenings, health education and health fairs, immunization clinics and other community outreach, including in the areas of fitness, weight loss and diabetes prevention. Read a few examples and the rest of the 2014 Community Benefit Report herereturn to top   

New website showcases ways in which hospitals strengthen their communities

Minnesota’s hospitals are more than just beds and emergency rooms. Hospitals are the centerpieces of our communities. A new website, www.mnhealthycommunities.org highlights the ways Minnesota’s hospitals work beyond physical walls to strengthen the health of Minnesotans. It chronicles the way hospitals are improving the health of their communities, prioritizing mental health, and ensuring communities stand prepared for any emergency. MHA members are asked to contribute hospital stories in these areas to be shared statewide and on social media. For more information, contact Sarah Ford, MHA communications manager, 651-603-3495.   

In addition to the website, a Facebook page launched last week. Take a moment to “Like” the page to stay up to date on the ways Minnesota’s hospitals are strengthening healthy communities. return to top   

Governor to release budget recommendations Tuesday

In its third week in session, many of the legislative health committees held overview hearings on the Minnesota Security Hospital and the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children. The Senate passed S.F. 1, authored by Sen. Jensen (DFL–Owatonna,) which included flood relief for cities, counties and township. The House is expected to pass this bill this week.    

Upcoming hearings of interest
On Monday, Jan. 26 at 10:15 a.m. the House Ways and Means committee will hold an overview hearing on the Medical Assistance Program. The Department of Human Services will provide the overview to the committee.    

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, Gov. Dayton will release his budget recommendations for the 2016-17 biennium.   

Also on Tuesday, the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee will hold a hearing on H.F. 264, authored by Rep. Knoblach (R–St. Cloud), to fund deficiencies in state agency budgets for costs related to the Minnesota Security Hospital and Ebola-related costs at the Minnesota Department of Health. MHA is working to amend this bill in committee to seek funding for the four Ebola treatment center hospitals and EMS providers. MHA President and CEO Lorry Massa and representatives from the four hospitals will testify before the committee.   

On Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 8:30 a.m. the Senate HHS Finance division will get an overview of the governor’s proposed budget from the Department of Human Services (DHS). At 12:45 p.m. the House HHS Finance Committee will have the same update.   

On Thursday, Jan. 29 at 8:30 a.m. the Senate HHS Finance division will continue the DHS budget overview and finish the hearing with an overview from the Department of Health on the governor’s budget recommendations for that agency. At 12:45 p.m. the House HHS Finance Committee will continue hearing the DHS budget presentation.    

On Friday, Jan. 30 at 8:30 a.m. the Senate HHS Finance division will hold a hearing to listen to public testimony on the governor’s budget. MHA will testify at this hearing.    

Legislation of interest
Some of the legislation that was introduced this week included:   H.F. 220, Norton (DFL–Rochester) Nurse Licensure Compact. H.F. 321, Mack (R–Apple Valley)/ S.F. 253, Sheran (DFL–Mankato) interstate medical licensure compact for physicians. MHA supports both of these bills.    

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. return to top   

Mental health workforce plan released

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and HealthForce Minnesota have released, “Gearing Up for Action: Mental Health Workforce Plan for Minnesota.” The 24 recommendations focus on recruitment, education and training, placement after completion of training, retention, and assessment of Minnesota’s mental health workforce.   

Recommendations of direct interest to hospitals include: creating four new psychiatry residency slots, one of which is for children; supporting efforts to expand telemental health; and increasing exposure to mental health experiences for nursing and medical school students.   

The workforce plan is the result of legislation passed in 2013 calling for a summit to be held and a plan to be written addressing Minnesota’s mental health workforce shortage. Over a year of work was involved in creating the recommendations in the report, along with those generated at the summit and in meetings held around the state. MHA and member hospitals served on the steering committee that drafted the recommendations and planned the summit.   

For more information contact Jen McNertney, MHA policy analyst, 651-659-1405. return to top  

Nominate your hospital or program for a 2015 MHA Award

Nominations due Friday, Feb. 20  
Is your hospital a best Minnesota workplace? Do you have an innovative patient safety program or exemplary caregiver who deserves recognition? If so, consider submitting a nomination for MHA’s annual awards program. For more than 30 years, the MHA Awards have celebrated outstanding work by Minnesota hospitals and health systems and we want to honor you.     

MHA award categories recognize excellence involving community health, workforce issues, patient care and career promotion, for example. Honors for individuals recognize trustees, volunteers, hospital executives, caregivers and public officials. Additional information on the categories and judging criteria can be found on MHA’s website.     

Entries are due by Friday, Feb. 20; find the entry form here: Nomination Form.    

MHA will notify all entrants whether they have won in mid-March. A reception and dinner will take place Friday, April 24 at the Metropolitan Ballroom in suburban Minneapolis. All MHA members and associate members are invited and encouraged to attend the awards ceremony. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for this celebration of excellence in Minnesota health care.     

For more information, contact Sarah Bohnet, MHA visual communications specialist, 651-603-3494. return to top