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HCECM has announced all 2018 Golf Outings

For a list of all HCECM member Golf Outings for 2018, please click here

McLaren Bay Medical Foundation Hosts 27th Annual Golf for Life Classic

McLaren Bay Medical Foundation will host the 27th annual Golf for Life Classic on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Apple Mountain Golf Course. The event includes an 18-hole scramble with a morning shotgun...

Covenant HealthCare Unveils Hybrid Operating Room; Technology is One of Two in Michigan

In July 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony kicked-off a major renovation for the Covenant HealthCare Surgical Services Department. Monday, June 25, 2018 Covenant unveiled the new hybrid operating suite...

McKenzie Health System Community Fitness Classes Session #4

July 9 – August 31 McKenzie Health System is pleased to be able to provide a variety of fitness classes. Aqua Aerobics, Low Impact, Senior Exercise, and Tai Chi. For more information and to...

Sports Physicals Offered at McLaren Bay Region

McLaren Bay Region will be holding sports physicals on Tuesday, July 17 and Monday, July 30 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 E. Midland Road, Bay City. Each physical...

MRH Foundation to Host 10th Annual Golf Event Sept. 6th

The Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation’s golf committee is pleased to announce their tenth annual Driving for Health Golf Scramble scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 6 th...

HealthSource Saginaw Breaks Ground on Construction and Renovation Project

On June 18, 2018, HealthSource Saginaw on Hospital Road in Saginaw Township broke ground on a 15 month construction and renovation project. “For 88 years, HealthSource Saginaw has been a...

Hills & Dales General Hospital to Acquire Baker College of Cass City Facility

Hills & Dales General Hospital is pleased to announce that they have acquired the Baker College of Cass City building, located on Main Street in Cass City. After touring the space and speaking...

Hills & Dales General Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Brian Perry, ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) Specialist.

Hills & Dales General Hospital is pleased to announce Dr. Brian Perry, Board Certified Otolaryngologist/ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat), will be joining their group of specialty physicians. He will begin...

Covenant Radiation Center Expanding, Adding Second Linear Accelerator to Support Radiation Therapy; Construction Underway

As part of the health system’s commitment to maintaining a quality-driven, state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility, Covenant HealthCare is adding a second linear accelerator to the Covenant...

132-Year-Old Hospital Turns 20; Covenant HealthCare Celebrates 20th Anniversary

July 1, 2018 officially marked 20 years since Covenant HealthCare was founded. July 1, 1998 two long-standing Saginaw-based hospitals (Saginaw General and St. Luke’s Hospitals) merged to form...

McKenzie Health System to Host Men’s Health Event with Free Screenings, Food and Fun on August 9

Featuring health screenings, food and refreshments, and the latest equipment from Bennett Powersports and John Deere, a special Men’s Health Event is taking place on August 9 from 4:30 to 7:30...

McLaren Bay Region Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

McLaren Bay Region has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2018. McLaren Bay Region is one of only 95 hospitals...

Diabetes Education Classes At McLaren Bay Region

A Diabetes Self-Care Education Program is offered through McLaren Bay Region. A total of three 3-hour sessions and a follow-up class with certified diabetes education nurses and registered dietitians...

McLaren Bay Region Offers Prenatal Classes

McLaren Bay Region offers a variety of prenatal programs for expectant parents and parents of newborns. Classes include: Childbirth 4-Week Series Weekend Cram Session Breastfeeding Class Baby Class...

McLaren Bay Region Offers “Parkinson’s Exercise & Movement” Class

McLaren Bay Region’s Center for Rehabilitation is pleased to offer a comprehensive low-cost exercise class designed for individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease....

Clean Eating Takes Center Stage at July Healthy Lifestyle Workshop

McKenzie Health System welcomes Robert Sollman, Bio Tech Instructor at the Sanilac Career Center to present on “Eating Clean-What Does That Mean?” at the July Healthy Lifestyle Workshop,...

Harbor Beach Community Hospital 5K Walk/Run Results

Harbor Beach Community Hospital held their 15 th Annual 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, July 14 th , during the Maritime Festivities with 166 people registered for the event. Thanks to the runners and...

Harbor Beach Community Hospital Announces Scholarship Recipients

Pat McCollough, President of the Hospital Board and Robert J. Swartz, Chairman of the Hospital Foundation along with the Harbor Beach Community Hospital and Hospital Board of Trustees and the Huron...

Safe Sitter® Courses Offered in Marlette

Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) is offering two Safe Sitter® courses in the month of August for students in grades 6th through 8th to prepare them for watching younger siblings or children they...

MHS Healthy Lifestyle Workshop

July 23, 5:30 p.m. Location: McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 Delaware Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Robert Sollman, Bio Tech Instructor, Sanilac Career Center Topic: "Eating Clean –...

McLaren Bay Region Baby Class for BIG KIDS

McLaren Bay Region will offer a Baby Class for BIG KIDS (sibling preparation class) on Monday, July 23 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at McLaren Bay Region, Orlen Johnson Library Conference Room,...

MRH $10 Sports Physicals in July

Marlette Regional Hospital’s family health care offices are offering reduced price sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of ten dollars, and half of the proceeds will be donated back to...

MRH $10 Sports Physicals in July

Marlette Regional Hospital’s family health care offices are offering reduced price sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of ten dollars, and half of the proceeds will be donated back to...

MRH $10 Sports Physicals in July

Marlette Regional Hospital’s family health care offices are offering reduced price sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of ten dollars, and half of the proceeds will be donated back to...

McLaren Bay Region Sports Physicals

McLaren Bay Region will be holding sports physicals on Tuesday, July 17 and Monday, July 30 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 E. Midland Road, Bay City. Each physical...

MHS Change 4 Life Support Group

July 31, 6:30 p.m. Location: Sandusky Presbyterian Church Meeting Room, 104 Lexington Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Ellynne Volmering, Dietary Director at Harbor Beach Community Hospital Topic:...

McLaren Bay Region Breast Cancer Education Series

The Breast Cancer Education Series will meet on Thursday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room at the Health Pavilion, 3175 W. Professional Drive in Bay City. The topic of the August meeting...

Bay Area Cancer Support Group

The Bay Area Cancer Support Group meets on the first Thursday of each month (August 5) from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, McLaren Bay Region West Campus, 3140 West Campus...

McLaren Bay Medical Foundation 27th Annual Golf for Life Classic

27th Annual Golf for Life Classic at Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland McLaren Bay Medical Foundation Contact: Alysa Matthews—989-895-4727 alysa.matthews@mclaren.org—www.mclaren.org

McLaren Bay Amputee Support Group

The Amputee Support Group will meet on Tuesday, August 7 from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, McLaren Bay Region West Campus, 3190 East Midland Road in Bay City. This group was...

McLaren Bay Region Precious Reflections

Precious Reflections, a pregnancy and infant loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, August 7 (first Tuesday of each month) from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 820 South Lincoln, Bay...

McLaren Bay Region Breastfeeding Class

McLaren Bay Region has scheduled a Breastfeeding Class on Tuesday, August 7 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Health Pavilion, 3175 West Professional Drive, Bay City. This class is for expectant mothers...

McLaren Bay Region Caring for Others

Caring for Others meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Center for Rehabilitation, McLaren Bay Region West Campus, 3190 E. Midland Road in Bay City. The next meeting is Wednesday, August 8...

Covenant HealthCare Foundation Red Carpet Par 3 Challenge

Covenant HealthCare Foundation Red Carpet Par 3 Challenge at Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland Covenant HealthCare Contact: Covenant HealthCare Foundation 989-583-7604...

McKenzie Health System to Host Men’s Health Event with Free Screenings, Food and Fun on August 9

Featuring health screenings, food and refreshments, and the latest equipment from Bennett Powersports and John Deere, a special Men’s Health Event is taking place on August 9 from 4:30 to 7:30...

Covenant HealthCare Foundation Red Carpet Golf Classic

Covenant HealthCare Foundation Red Carpet Golf Classic at Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland Covenant HealthCare Contact: Covenant HealthCare Foundation 989-583-7604 www.CovenantHealthCareFoundation.com


The Hospital Council of East Central Michigan works to maintain relations with state and federal legislators, organizations and others in the region whose activities affect the health services of our community hospitals and encourages their support by providing opportunities to learn about issues that impact members' ability to improve the health of the population. HCECM also works with other advocacy groups to help keep member hospitals informed of all legislative matters affecting their services.

 

Protect Funding for Member Hospitals

Critical Access Hospitals and rural hospitals face many unique challenges that can impact the health of the population. So these hospitals can maintain financial viability and continue to operate and serve the needs of their communities, HCECM member hospitals work with legislators and advocacy organizations to secure state and federal funding that helps overcome these challenges. 

In June 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that low-volume payment adjustments and the Medicare-dependent Hospital (MDH) program were extended which will help our regional hospitals. Ambulance add-on payments for rural operators were also extended.

The Michigan Legislature also restored funding for the small and rural hospital pool and graduate medical education program, created a new small and rural hospital obstetrics stabilization fund and approved a provider tax-funded disproportionate share hospital pool expansion to address the HICA revenue shortfall.

CRNA Physician Supervision Opt-out

Under current federal law, CRNAs must be supervised by a physician. However, in 2001 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provided an opportunity for states to "opt out" or be exempted from the federal supervision requirements for CRNAs. HCECM hospital members have been working with regional legislators to try to get Michigan to opt out of the requirement.

Some of the problems of requiring CRNA supervision can include:

  • Increases cost of healthcare and financial burdens on hospital unnecessarily for many reasons
  • Creates staffing and access issues in rural areas
  • Increases wait time per patient, which is not cost effective
  • Has not been proven to improve care to patient

Supervision of Hospital Therapeutic Services

In 2009, CMS mandated that "a supervising physician be physically present in the department at all times when Medicare beneficiaries receive outpatient therapeutic services." It further complicated matters by stating that this was a clarification from a 2001 ruling.

For Critical Access, small and rural hospitals, this mandate:

  • Creates unnecessary time and financial burdens
  • Increases costs of healthcare
  • Increases risk for unwarranted enforcement actions
  • Increases risk for opportunistic whistleblowers to claim a hospital did not follow this at some point in the past 13 years

CMS made some positive changes; however, more needs to be done to reduce the burdens on CAHs and rural hospitals. According to the American Hospital Association, many CAHs and small rural hospitals will have no choice but to limit their hours of operation or close certain programs due to their inability to meet the requirements of direct supervision.

EHRs and Meaningful Use

HCECM hospital members are at various stages of participating in EHR and Meaningful Use incentive programs. The rules and guidance are complicated, burdensome and require significant resources, especially for Critical Access and rural hospitals. HCECM and its hospital members are working with other advocacy organizations to encourage CMS to clarify requirements and lessen the burdens for participation.

96-hour Physician Certification Requirement for CAHs

According to the American Hospital Association, "CMS has recently indicated that it will begin enforcing a condition of payment for CAHs that requires a physician to certify that a beneficiary may reasonably be expected to be discharged or transferred to a hospital within 96 hours after admission to the CAH. If enforced, CAHs would be forced to eliminate these '96-hour plus' services, and the resulting financial pressure on CAHs would severely affect their ability to operate and care for beneficiaries in rural communities."

HCECM and its hospital members have been working with other advocacy organizations to urge the CMS to remove this requirement as a payment condition. A few examples of how this could impact patients include:

  • A patient with pneumonia who experiences a setback and needs more time to recover could be negatively impacted by transferring him/her to a tertiary center.
  • A woman who gives birth by C-section or is in labor for 24 hours or more before the C-section could easily exceed the 96-hour rule.
  • A patient with pancreatitis, often caused by alcohol abuse, could benefit more by staying close to a support system of community/family.
  • A patient who undergoes bowel surgery often needs more time to recover.
  • A patient who experiences a ruptured appendix resulting in peritonitis will likely need more time to receive treatment and recover.

Transitions in Care

HCECM is currently working with volunteers from numerous hospitals, agencies and organizations to address transportation challenges for regional residents in need of medical care. A major problem for people with medical issues is to have access to affordable and reliable transportation. Many are unable to make appointments, keep appointments or even make it to a facility when immediate medical help is needed.

A key priority of HCECM is to also work with others to foster effective care transitions through a hospital information process that provides a standardized system that supports the transfer of clinical and care planning information to the multidisciplinary providers continuing care of post acute care inpatients after discharge. 


DOJ, HHS Call for Action to Address Abuse of Older Americans

HHS Awards $83.4 Million to Train New Primary Care Providers

RHRC Report: Support for Rural Recruitment and Practice Among U. S. Nurse Practitioner Education Programs

Policy to Allow RHC to Contract with Non-physician Practitioners Under Certain Conditions - Issued May 2, 2014

 CMS Revisions - Issued May 12, 2014


 


AHA Advocacy

 AHA Small & Rural Hospitals Advocacy Paper 2013

NRHA Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriation Request

Rural Policy Research Institute

NRHA Save Rural Hospitals Action Kit

2015 Rural Health Policy Institute Requests

NRHA Legislative and Regulatory Agenda

Protect Rural Patients and Providers

Sequestration Impact on States



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