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HCECM Meeting Calendar

HCECM provides its meeting calendar through June of 2018. For more information, click here

Taekwondo for Kids

Instructor Won Dong Kim January 18th - April 12th (No class March 8th) Thursday’s from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm at the Scheurer Professional Center Ages 5 - 10 $120 for 12 - Week Session Registration...

Scheurer CPR and First Aid Classes

Scheurer Hospital is offering a variety of CPR and First Aid classes from January 8-June 23, 2018. For more information, click here

Scheurer Winter Fitness Classes

12-Week Session Begins January 15, 2018. For more information, click here

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....

MHS Community Fitness Classes Session #1

January 2 – February 23 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...

Eddie G’s Donates to United Hospice Service

Over the course of many months, Eddie G’s restaurant has hosted a very popular Burger and Bike Night and euchre tournament where a portion of the proceeds and a 50/50 raffle has benefitted the...

Stone Lodge Employees Raise Funds for B.C.U.P.S. Program

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October, The Stone Lodge Restaurant & Tavern of Port Sanilac hosted a month-long fundraiser to benefit the B.C.U.P.S. (Breast Cancer...

Call for Artists Wishing to be Part of Saginaw’s 2018 Art & About Exhibit

All artists have the unique opportunity to submit concepts to be part of the 2018 Art & About exhibit that will enhance the sight and sound of areas all around Riverfront Saginaw! Selected...

McLaren Bay Region awarded hospital accreditation from The Joint Commission

McLaren Bay Region today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance...

Aleda E. Lutz VA Director Appointed to VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Effective February 18, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ginny Creasman, Pharm.D., FACHE, as the new Medical Center Director of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (HCS)...

Start Your New Year Right by Attending the January 17, 2018 Lunch and Learn!

McKenzie Health System is pleased to welcome Gina Patterson, R.Ph. BS, Director of Pharmacies, to kick off the 2018 Lunch and Learn Workshop Series with her presentation, “Understanding Your...

Healthcare Provider BLS Classes

January 16 - 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Register at 810-648-6127 $60 per class (Free to McKenzie Health System Employees) Additional classes and times available by calling 810-648-3092.

McLaren Bay Pre-diabetes: Stop Diabetes In Its Tracks

McLaren Bay Region’s Diabetes Education Program will be offering a two-day seminar , Pre-Diabetes: Stop Diabetes in Its Tracks on Tuesday, January 16 and Tuesday, January 30 from 4:00-6:00 p.m....

McLaren Bay Freshstart Smoking Cessation

McLaren Bay Region is pleased to offer the American Cancer Society Freshstart Smoking Cessation Program on Wednesdays, January 10 and 17 from 6pm-8pm in the Small Café Conference Room at McLaren...

Scheurer Bariatric Support Group

Scheurer Hospital offers a Bariatric Support Group on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. in the Birch Room at Scheurer Hospital. For more information, click here

MHS Lunch and Learn

January 17 - 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Location: McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 Delaware Street, Sandusky “Understanding Your Medications” Guest Speaker: Gina Patterson, R.Ph. BS,...

McLaren Bay Type 2 Diabetes Support Group

McLaren Bay Region’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Program has scheduled a Type 2 Diabetes Support Group meeting for Wednesday, January 17 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at 400 South Trumbull in...

Hospice Offers Winter Craft Night

To help pass the time on these cold winter days, the staff of United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital invite the public to attend an upcoming craft night to benefit the hospice program...

MHS Health Lifestyle Workshop

January 22 - 5:30 p.m. Location: McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 Delaware Street, Sandusky "Yoga for Adult and Children" Guest Speaker: Rebecca Fedrigo, Lexington Yoga Please register by...

Scheurer Thrive Group

Scheurer Hospital offers Thrive, Grief comfort for teens & young adults With Jeana Schemansky Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:00 pm Wilson Education Center at Scheurer Hospital 170 N. Caseville...

Community Town Hall with Local Veterans

The Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center is hosting a Veteran Town Hall for Veterans, family members, Veteran Service Organizations, and other interested community partners to provide feedback on VA...

McLaren Bay “Boot Camp for New Dads”

McLaren Bay Region will offer “Boot Camp for New Dads” on Thursday, January 25 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Health Pavilion, Childbirth Education Classroom, 3175 W. Professional...

The Region’s Health and Health Care Systems: Communities Achieving Excellence and Accountability

Friday, January 26, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saginaw Valley State University Simulcast at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant and Kirtland Grayling To download an event brochure, click here...

The Region’s Health and Health Care Systems: Communities Achieving Excellence and Accountability

Friday, January 26, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saginaw Valley State University Simulcast at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant and Kirtland Grayling To download an event brochure, click here...

MHS Change 4 Life Support Group (New)

January 30 – 6:30 p.m. Sandusky Presbyterian Church Meeting Room, 104 Lexington Street, Sandusky Topic: “It’s Time For You" Guest Speaker: Mary Pritchett Ellis Registration not...

McLaren Bay Pre-diabetes: Stop Diabetes In Its Tracks

McLaren Bay Region’s Diabetes Education Program will be offering a two-day seminar , Pre-Diabetes: Stop Diabetes in Its Tracks on Tuesday, January 16 and Tuesday, January 30 from 4:00-6:00 p.m....

MHS Go Red Ladies Night

February 1 – 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Woodland Hills Golf Course, 320 N. Gates Road, Sandusky Register at 810-648-6127 Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Available at McKenzie Health System...

McLaren Bay Amputee Support Group

The Amputee Support Group will meet on Tuesday, February 6 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...


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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