Minnesota Hospital Association

Policy & Advocacy

rules, regulations and comments

The Minnesota Hospital Association continually monitors state and federal rules and regulations to keep members informed and advocates on behalf of members regarding the impact of regulations on the state’s hospitals and health systems. MHA submits comment letters to share recommendations and feedback with the appropriate government organizations and health care stakeholders. Examples of rules and regulations that MHA addresses include those implementing federal or state health care reform efforts, changing payment methodologies, establishing community benefit or other standards for tax-exempt organizations, or modifying government oversight of health care activities.

Entries for October 2013

Flawed Medicare rules regarding observation status

October 2013
Recently, Attorney General Swanson submitted a letter to the editor in several community newspapers regarding the impact of observation bed status for Medicare beneficiaries. The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) would like the opportunity to work together to elevate attention to this issue with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress.

Comments regarding the data and health information technology infrastructure necessary to accomplish the goals of the State Innovation Model grant

October 2013
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) submits the following comments and responses to the State’s Request for Information (RFI) regarding the data and health information technology (HIT) infrastructure necessary to accomplish the goals of the State Innovation Model (SIM) grant. On behalf of our members, which include 144 hospitals and their health systems serving patients and communities through Minnesota, MHA appreciates the opportunity to provide input and suggestions as the State looks to design the critical data and HIT capacity needed for advancing accountable care in Minnesota.

Comments regarding MDH's evaluation of the quality of care and outcomes for services provided in birth centers

October 2013
Thank you for your recent message inviting the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) to provide input and information for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to consider as it completes its evaluation of the quality of care and outcomes for services provided in birth centers. MHA appreciates the opportunity to share the following comments and attached information on behalf of our members, which include 144 hospitals and their health systems serving patients and communities throughout Minnesota.  

Comments regarding coverage options for Emergency Medical Assistance Services

October 2013
Minnesota’s hospitals provided $509.5 million of uncompensated care in 2011; much of that care went to people who were unable to receive coverage from state or federal programs and could not afford traditional health insurance. As the department is aware, this is not just a hospital issue. Other health care providers are financially affected by providing treatment to patients without coverage. Hospitals often face this fact when trying to discharge a patient who no longer needs emergency or inpatient services and cannot find a community provider willing to accept the patient. Creating an adequate funding source for a sustainable, coordinated service delivery model to cover a group of people who have traditionally sought care only in emergency circumstances is absolutely necessary. Minnesota’s hospitals are committed to working with DHS to help find that solution.