MHA News

Protect Rural Hospitals

Please support LD 1350: An Act To Improve Rural Health Care, Read more about it at ProtectRuralME.orgPublic Hearing 9 a.m., Friday, May 3, 209 Cross Office Building

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Key Federal Issues

Read about the federal programs vital to Maine hospitals. See MHA's 2019 Federal Issues document.

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MHA Report Describes Hospitals’ Economic Contributions

The Maine Hospital Association has released a new report that describes the economic contributions of hospitals in each Maine county.
 
View the report here.
 
 

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Hospital and Healthcare Jobs in Maine

We urge you to use our web-based platform called  MEHospitalJobs.com which is part of the HospitalCareers network consisting of more than 20 hospital associations throughout the country.
 

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End of Life Care

In end-of-life care, the focus shifts from curative treatment to palliative care - addressing the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients. Palliative care may be provided in a wide variety of settings, including the patient's home, a nursing home or hospital.

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Letter to Maine's Congressional Delegation RE: ACA Repeal

The Maine Hospital Association has sent Maine's Congressional delegation letters detailing the devastating impact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would have if an adequate replacement is not enacted. 

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DHHS Update on Prescription Monitoring Program Changes

Letter to providers from the Department of Health & Human Services about enforcement of changes to the Prescription Monitoring Program

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MHA selected to join a national Hospital Improvement Innovation Network to improve patient safety

The Maine Hospital Association is working with the Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association on a national initiative to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network contracts are part of a broader effort to transform our healthcare system into one that works better for the American people and for the Medicare program.
 

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Hospital Issues for State Candidates

MHA has sent Maine legislative candidates Hospital Issues for State Candidates, a resource to educate them about the issues facing hospitals and their importance to their districts.
 

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Healthcare workforce to grow in Maine

The Maine Department of Labor predicts that the employment in the healthcare sector will continue to grow in the state because of Maine’s aging population.
 

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Substance Abuse/Opioid Resources

Resources, reports and legislation that help address Maine's growing opioid crisis.
 

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Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Resources

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is also known as the "permanent doc fix." It changes the way that Medicare pays physicians. 
 

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Recommendations of the Maine Opioid Collaborative

The Maine Opiate Collaborative was formed after Governor Paul LePage held a summit in August 2015 to address the heroin/opiate epidemic in Maine.  This is the report of the three task forces and their recommendations.
 

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MHA Hospital Overview 2016

This report contains federal advocacy concerns of Maine hospitals.
 

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Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US

Medical error is not included on death certificates or in rankings of cause of death. Martin Makary and Michael Daniel in the British Medical Journal assess its contribution to mortality and call for better reporting.
 

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Transforming Healthcare

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Maine Shared Health Needs Assessment & Planning Process (SHNAPP) Project March 2015 Update

The SHNAPP mission is to create the framework and approach for a shared health needs assessment (SHNA) that addresses community benefit reporting needs of hospitals, supports state and local public health accreditation efforts, and provides valuable population health assessment data for a wide variety of organizations concerned with the health of Maine’s communities and citizens.
 

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MHA Testimony in opposition to FY 2016-2017 budget

There are multiple cuts to hospitals in the budget. The net total of the cuts to hospitals, including lost federal match, is at least $55 million per year.  This is a staggering amount of cuts to force hospitals to absorb and does not include the $10-20 million in proposed property taxes.
 

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Hospital Issues for State Office Candidates

Maine’s hospital leaders look forward to working with Maine’s future policymakers on health care issues. 
Two years ago, we outlined four factors that are spurring change in the health care sector:

  • · Government Payers are Broke—and are Shifting Risk to Providers;
  • · Private Payers are Disappearing—Shifting Risk to Consumers;
  • · Poor Lifestyle Choices Are Costing More; and
  • · Payers Are Demanding Value and Are Learning How to Do It Effectively.   
This year, we wanted to identify one example of how these forces have been catalysts for reform in Maine.
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Let's Go! offers free online course

Let’s Go!, an obesity prevention program of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, has partnered with the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to release a free online course that aims to equip pediatric providers with effective, evidence-based tools to guide their patients to better health.
 

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MHA Partners With Let's Go!

The Maine Hospital Association (MHA) is partnering with Let’s Go!, an award-winning obesity prevention program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, to help increase healthy eating and active living wherever kids live, learn, work and play.
 

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Medicaid Expansion Fact Sheet

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Maine Hospital Association Supports Medicaid Expansion

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Hospital Jobs Produce Maine Jobs

In 2011, Maine hospitals treated people in their emergency departments 765,481 times, provided outpatient care 6.2 million times, performed 160,685 surgeries and delivered 12,335 babies.  Every year, Maine hospitals provide vital health care services like these to thousands of people.  However, the importance of hospitals to their communities extends far beyond health care.
 

 

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Maine's Health Insurance Exchange Resources

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, created a way for consumers to buy affordable health insurance through health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces.  Subsidies, based on income, are available for these products.. The Maine Hospital Association has collected links to help consumers and providers learn more about these plans. 
 

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Governor's Curtailment Order

Governor Paul LePage issued an executive order curtailing spending. 
 

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Cost-shifting in health care is real

Cost-shifting is real in Maine but Maine lawmakers have the power to keep it from becoming worse. 
 

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Maine Hospitals are Best in the Nation

Maine continues to offer higher quality hospital care on average than any other state in the country, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website.

 

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Federal Affordable Care Act Resources

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care act of 2010 is a multi-faceted reform of the nation's health care system.  Below you will find links to various resources to help understand this complex legislation and the effect it will have on patients, practioners and hospitals.
 

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