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 September 2012

IRS' Proposed Regulations for Tax-Exempt Hospitals

September 2012

I appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on the Internal Revenue Service’s (the “IRS” or “Service”) proposed regulations issued June 22 (NPRM) to implement, in part, the additional obligations for tax-exempt hospitals ... when finalizing these rules, MHA members urge the IRS to focus on “what” standards need to be clarified for hospitals to comply with rather than “how” hospitals must comply with the standards.

MN Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force's draft guiding principles

September 2012

On behalf of our members, which include 145 hospitals and 17 health systems throughout Minnesota, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following comments regarding the Minnesota Heath Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force's draft guiding principles.

Minnesota State Innovation Model Testing Assistance

September 2012

On behalf of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) and our members, which include 145 hospitals and 17 health systems located throughout Minnesota, we are pleased to support the State of Minnesota’s application for State Innovation Model Testing Assistance through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Minnesota has a proud tradition as a national leader in health care innovation and this grant will accelerate the state’s progress on the path to improved health, improved health care and lower costs.

Minnesota's option to expand its Medicaid Program

September 2012

On behalf of our membership, which includes 145 hospitals and 17 health systems throughout Minnesota, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) appreciates the opportunity to provide input regarding the state’s option to expand its Medicaid program. MHA strongly supports Medicaid expansion to cover childless adults earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (FPG) because doing so is better for our patients, better for the state’s economy and better for health care providers.

CMS Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

September 2012

On behalf of our 145 hospitals and 17 health systems located throughout Minnesota, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) physician fee schedule (PFS) proposed rule. At the outset, we want to express our general support for the comments and positions reflected in the letters submitted by the American Hospital Association (AHA), as well as by the Healthcare Quality Coalition (HQC) of which MHA is a proud member.

Collection of Information Requirements from Dept. of Treasury & IRS

September 2012

On behalf of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), which represents 145 hospitals and 17 health systems located throughout Minnesota, we appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on the collection of information (COI) requirements contained in the June 22 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) from the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The NPRM proposes rules related to Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code that was added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).

Plan Certification Subgroup Draft Recommendations

September 2012

On behalf of our members, which include 145 hospitals and 17 health systems throughout Minnesota, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) is grateful for the opportunity to provide feedback and comments regarding the Plan Certification Subgroup’s (Subgroup) August 20th draft recommendations. We hope that these comments are useful as you continue to discuss, evaluate and revise your recommendations.