Minnesota Hospital Association


August 10, 2015

MHA Newsline: Aug. 10, 2015

In this issue 

Member spotlight: CHI St. Joseph’s Health earns MHA Patient Safety Improvement Award

CHI St. Joseph’s Health in Park Rapids received the 2015 Patient Safety Improvement Award in the small hospital category from the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA). CHI St. Joseph's Health began its journey toward zero serious safety events in earnest in 2011 with the implementation of the SafetyFirst program.   

The organization has been actively engaged in implementing MHA's safety best practices and numerous other initiatives promoted by its parent organization, Catholic Health Initiatives. This has included the creation of safety coaches throughout the organization; Error Prevention Techniques training for all new staff; implementation of daily safety huddles; safety rounding by senior leadership; and the active engagement of St. Joseph's Patient and Family Advisory Council to review and discuss safety and quality outcome data and provide input.   

The hospital is the recipient of six patient safety awards for implementing best practices and was one of the first eight hospitals in the state to earn the MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award for its achievement in the Hospital Engagement Network. Since 2011, near-miss reporting has increased by 86 percent and the serious safety event rate has decreased from 4.25 per 10,000 adjusted patient days in 2011 to 1.55 in 2014.   

Learn more about the MHA awards on MHA’s websitereturn to top   

MHA Annual Meeting Sept. 16-18

The MHA Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 16-18 at Madden's on Gull Lake in Brainerd. Speakers will include Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics director Len Nichols, commentator Tucker Carlson, National Research Corporation corporate director Ryan Donahue and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center chief analytics officer Pamela Peele.   

During his session, “Health Care Leadership and Community Stewardship: Transitioning from Patient Care to Population Health,” Nichols will examine how hospital leadership and community stewardship will be more synonymous in the future.   

Carlson will provide participants with a behind-closed-doors, candid, up-to-the-moment look at all things political during his session, “Today’s Political Landscape and What is Ahead in 2016.”   

During his session, “The New Payer on the Block: Understanding What Makes Today’s Health Care Consumers Tick,” Donahue will explore how consumer decision-making has become a strategic threat to health care organizations everywhere and which areas of focus are essential to survive and thrive post-reform.   

Peele will cover the most fundamental way to demonstrate that data science matters to the organization focusing on meaningful data consumption, how to measure and how to value it during her presentation, “Show Me the Money: What is The Core Value of Big Data and How Do You Demonstrate It?”   

The MHA Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 16-18 at Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd. For more information, view the brochure or visit MHA’s website www.mnhospitals.org; log in and click on “Calendar of Events” to register. return to top   

Golf in support of our hospital PAC

Registration is open until Friday, Aug. 14, for the MHA Political Action Committee (PAC) golf tournament. The tournament will be held Monday, Aug. 24, at Territory Golf Club in St. Cloud. Lunch will be served at noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m., with a dinner buffet and awards to follow at 5 p.m. Contact Carol Eshelman, PAC coordinator, 651-603-3539 to register. return to top   

MNsure certified application counselor and navigator roster updates due Aug. 21

Certified application counselor (CAC) and navigator organizations will be required to submit new rosters to MNsure by Friday, Aug. 21. Only one roster per organization should be submitted. The rosters must be received ahead of the Tuesday, Sept. 8, start date for recertification training. All CACs and navigators must be recertified prior to the 2015 open enrollment period, which begins Sunday, Nov. 1. The deadline for recertification is Saturday, Oct. 30; CACs and navigators who have not completed recertification training by this time will have their certified status inactivated and will no longer be authorized to assist consumers with the application and enrollment process.   

For more information, including the new roster template, visit the navigator and CAC resource websitereturn to top   

“Pain. Pill. Problem.” panel to be held Aug. 25

Stakeholders from across Minnesota are invited to attend “Pain. Pill. Problem.” on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Event sponsors include the office of Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, the United States Attorney's Office, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, Hazelden Betty Ford, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the Mayo Clinic and the Minnesota Medical Association, among others. The event will help attendees define Minnesota’s problem with prescription painkillers and determine how to best address it. Keynote speakers include: 

  • Gov. Mark Dayton 
  • U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger 
  • The Hon. Amy Kloubuchar 
  • The Hon. Tom Emmer 
  • Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek 
  • The Hon. Mary Bono 
  • Marathon Legend Dick Beardsley 

The following panel topics will be featured: 

  • Impact of opioid addiction 
  • Prescribing and pain culture 
  • Pharmacy and distribution 
  • Law enforcement 
  • Treatment and recovery, prevention and the role of the community 

Attendance is recommended for health care professionals; public health officials; addiction treatment providers; peer and recovery coaches; educators; law enforcement officers; attorneys; drug court representatives; corrections officials; medical students; state, tribal and local government staff; community leaders; veterinary professionals and anyone else interested in this important topic.   

The event is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees. Learn more and register onlinereturn to top   

MOLN to host annual nursing public policy internship training Oct. 26-27

The Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing (MOLN) is hosting its annual Minnesota nursing public policy internship training Oct. 26-27 in St. Paul. The internship educates nurses and nurse leaders on advocacy, including how to testify and navigate the Capitol. The MOLN Board of Directors is asking organizations to support the internship by sending one or more nurses to this important training to improve the voice of nursing in Minnesota.   

For more information, view the brochure or visit MHA’s website; log in and click on “Calendar of Events” to register. Questions regarding this event can be directed to [email protected] or 651-659-1425. return to top   

Psychiatric Assistance Line expands hours

PrairieCare Medical Group offers free clinical triage and child and adolescent psychiatric phone consultations to health care providers called the Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL). Funding has been extended to allow PAL to operate on expanded hours. PAL is now available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.   

The PAL service is offered on a voluntary basis and is designed to be physician-friendly and help empower the treatment of mental illnesses in the primary care setting. The PAL service allows primary care physicians and pediatricians to seek consultation regarding behavioral health cases. The line is staffed by clinical social workers who are available for triage and resources, as well as child adolescent psychiatrists for consultation regarding medication issues that often arise in primary care settings. Learn more and schedule directly by visiting www.mnpsychconsult.com or by calling 855-431-6468. return to top   

MN Hospital PAC Silent Auction donations needed

MHA Annual Meeting attendees are invited to the Chair’s Reception and Minnesota Hospital PAC Silent Auction on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 8-10 p.m. at Madden’s in the Town Hall Conference Center, lower level.   

MHA is also seeking donation items from members and associate members to be auctioned to raise money for the PAC, which supports MHA’s advocacy efforts. Suggested items to donate include: tickets to events, hotel stays, gift certificates, spa visit certificates, art work, gift baskets, golf outings — anything that you would like to bid on at a silent auction. Deadline for donations is Friday, Sept. 11.   

The Minnesota Hospital PAC is a voluntary, bipartisan political action committee (PAC) that raises campaign funds for candidates running for state and federal office in Minnesota. It is the voice for hospital advocates seeking to help candidates who support the goals of hospitals.   

Please contact Kristin Loncorich, MHA director of government relations, 651-603-3526 with questions and to donate items. return to top