Senior Stretch & Exercise Class Mondays and Fridays at MRH East Campus in Marlette

This class is offered free of charge every Monday and Friday morning from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Light exercise with breathing & relaxation techniques.

Walk 15 Class, Mondays and Wednesdays at MRH East Campus in Marlette

This 35-minute Walk 15 Class is for all ages every Monday and Wednesday from 5 – 5:35 p.m. Walk 15 focuses on variations of walking steps with additional upper and lower body movements. It is...

Scheurer Hospital Announces Fall CPR and First Aid Classes

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Scheurer Fall Community Fitness Classes

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Sheurer Shape Up Classes

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Scheurer Fall Taekwondo Classes

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Mackinaw Surgery Center Recognized for Outstanding Patient Satisfaction

Mackinaw Surgery Center has been recognized by SPH Analytics for achieving an unparalleled level of patient satisfaction for 2016/2017. Mackinaw Surgery Center, which is a joint adventure with...

McKenzie Autumn Benefit Features “Crime and Pun-ishment” Murder Mystery on Nov. 3

Will you be able to solve the mystery? That’s what attendees at McKenzie Health System’s Annual Autumn Benefit will determine during the murder mystery “Crime and Pun-ishment”...

Families and Staff to Gather at Covenant and Honor Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors Who Gave the Gift of Life

On Friday, Sept. 28, Gift of Life Michigan, Eversight, and Covenant HealthCare will host the annual Gift of Life flag raising ceremony at Covenant. Families and friends of organ, eye and tissue...

Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System Finalize Affiliation Agreement with Deckerville Community Hospital

The leadership teams at McKenzie Health System (MHS) and Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) are thrilled to welcome Deckerville Community Hospital (DCH) as the newest affiliate of United Healthcare...

Change 4 Life 5K Planned for October 6

With a focus on community health and wellness, McKenzie Health System is proud to host its annual fun run, the Change 4 Life 5K, on October 6 at Woodland Hills Golf Course, 320 N. Gates Road in...

Harbor Beach Community Receices $500 from a Live Grant from the HCCF Annual Celebration

The Harbor Beach Community Hospital was the recipient of $500 from the live grant during the Huron Country Community Foundation Annual Celebration on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the newly...

BeFit Dance Fitness Exercise Class

Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Marlette Regional Hospital East Campus Community Conference Room, 2861 Main Street, Marlette The BeFit Class is offered FREE to ALL every Tuesday and Thursday...

MHS Change 4 Life Support Group

September 25, 6:30 p.m. Location: Sandusky Presbyterian Church Meeting Room, 104 Lexington Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Christine Tanton Topic: “How to Stay Motivated” FREE,...

Healthy Living Series Program “Stress Less and Live More”

McLaren Bay Region’s Center for Rehabilitation will offer the program, “Stress Less and Live More” on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 820...

ASIST Training Available

ASIST training, a Suicide Intervention program, is available in Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties. For more information, click here

Families and Staff to Gather at Covenant and Honor Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors Who Gave the Gift of Life

On Friday, Sept. 28, Gift of Life Michigan, Eversight, and Covenant HealthCare will host the annual Gift of Life flag raising ceremony at Covenant. Families and friends of organ, eye and tissue...

McLaren Bay Region Amputee Support Group

The Amputee Support Group will meet on Tuesday, October 2 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...

Change 4 Life 5K

October 6, 8:30 a.m. Location: Woodland Hills Golf Club, 320 N. Gates Road, Sandusky Run, Walk or Stroll! Colored chalk will be flying and glitter will be sparkling on the golf course. FUN COSTUMES...

Bay Area Stroke Support Group

The Bay Area Stroke Support Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 9 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, McLaren Bay Region West Campus, 3190 East Midland Road,...

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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