Minnesota Hospital Association


August 24, 2015

MHA Newsline: Aug. 24, 2015

In this issue 

Member spotlight: Laura Beeth earns MHA Health Care Career Promotion Award

Laura Beeth, system director of talent management/system human resources for Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, received the 2015 Health Care Career Promotion Award from the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA). Laura is a passionate and visionary leader who has worked for the past 25 years to strengthen Minnesota's health care workforce.   

Laura's impact regarding all aspects of workforce development go far beyond the walls of Fairview Health Services. She is the current state chair of the Governor's Workforce Development Council and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Healthcare Education-Industry Partnership Council. She is a strategic and loyal partner and is involved in many external organizations dedicated to Minnesota's health care workforce.   

From her support of programs like Scrubs Camp, which provides a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to explore careers in health sciences to Minnesota Future Doctors, Laura works tirelessly to ensure a strong future interest in health care-related careers. Learn more about the MHA awards on MHA’s websitereturn to top   

MDH MERC grant applications due Oct. 31

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is accepting Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) grant applications for clinical training provided in fiscal year 2014 though 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 therapists, chiropractic students, medical students/residents, pharmacy students/residents, physician assistants and psychologists. MERC grant applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.   

Programs wishing to apply for a grant must submit their application through their sponsoring institution. A sponsoring institution may be a hospital, school or consortium that supports accredited teaching programs. These sponsoring institutions typically provide funding and accounting for the programs. Applications submitted by any entity other than a sponsoring institution will not be accepted. Grant application materials can be found on MDH’s website. With questions, contact Diane Reger, 651-201-3566. return to top   

DHS provides ICD-10 updates

On July 6, Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) opened its online, secure portal, MN–ITS, for Acceptance Test (ATST) ICD-10 testing. External testing is available to all enrolled MHCP providers, but it is not required. Refer to the MHCP ICD-10 website for the following: 

  • Information about ICD-10 and provider testing 
  • The MHCP ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Companion Guide (PDF), which includes instructions for connecting with the MN–ITS ATST environment and guidelines for submitting test files 
  • Frequently asked questions about MHCP ICD-10 readiness 
  • Other helpful resources 

The interim-payment methodology for ICD-10 inpatient hospital rates will be available for testing in September 2015. MHCP will notify providers with specific testing dates in August. Refer to the Payment Methodology for Inpatient Hospitals website for ongoing information about the transition to APR-DRG methodology. MHCP will update the page this month with information about interim payment rates. return to top   

Broadband grant program webinar Aug. 31

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development will host a webinar on the 2015 Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant program to discuss the application process and answer any questions. The webinar will take place Monday, Aug. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   

The grant program funds the build-out of infrastructure to promote the expansion of broadband service to areas of Minnesota that are unserved or underserved. It was established by the 2014 Minnesota Legislature to assist with costly broadband deployment projects that might not occur without public financial assistance. In this 2015 grant round, $10.3 million is available. Priority will be given to projects that leverage greater amounts of funding from other private and public sources. The state grant limit per project is $5 million and cannot exceed 50 percent of the total eligible costs of the project. Grant applications are due on Tuesday, Sept. 15. All grant project work must be completed by June 30, 2017.   

To register, email your contact information to Jane Leonard, broadband grants administrator. You will be sent instructions for accessing the webinar.   

Learn more on the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development’s websitereturn to top   

MDH to hold medical cannabis community meetings

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Office of Medical Cannabis has scheduled meetings around the state to offer members of the public the opportunity to learn more about the state’s medical cannabis program. Participants also will have the opportunity to provide input on the question of adding intractable pain to the list of medical conditions that qualify people to participate in the program. The meeting schedule is as follows:


For more information, visit MDH’s medical cannabis websitereturn to top   

MDH offers newborn screening resources

Since 1965, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has screened Minnesota newborns soon after birth to see if they are at risk for rare, hidden disorders. Interventions, medications or changes in diet can help prevent most health problems caused by disorders on the newborn screening panel.   

Minnesota is a national leader in newborn screening. The Newborn Screening Program, together with hospitals, laboratories and medical professionals across the state, screens newborns for more than 50 disorders that affect metabolism, hormones, the immune system, blood, breathing, digestion, hearing or the heart.   

Visit MHA’s website for information on the Newborn Screening Program, including education materials and a new infographic outlining the screening process. In addition, learn more about the Newborn Screening Program by visiting its booth at the Minnesota State Fair. Located in the HealthFair 11 building at the corner of Dan Patch Ave. and Cooper St., the booth will highlight the stories of Minnesota families for whom newborn screening made a life-changing difference. return to top