MHA News

Information Blocking

Most healthcare information is digitized, accessible, and shareable thanks to several technology and
policy advances making interoperable, electronic health record systems widely available. In 2016,
the 21st Century Cures Act made sharing electronic health information the expected
norm in health care by authorizing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to identify,
“reasonable and necessary activities that do not constitute information blocking.” The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s 2020 Cures Act Final Rule established information blocking exceptions to implement the law.

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Coastal Healthcare Alliance’s Mark Fourré is new MHA Board Chair

Mark Fourré, MD, president of Coastal Healthcare Alliance, which includes Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, was installed as chair of the Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors on Wednesday night at the Association’s Summer Forum at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.
 

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Maine Hospital Association selects Dr. Nirav Shah to be 2022 MHA Caregiver of the Year

The Maine Hospital Association (MHA) has selected Nirav Shah, MD, JD, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as this year’s MHA Caregiver of the Year.

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Workforce

A new report, from MHA and the Maine Nursing Action Coalition, updates the nurse forecast for Maine using the most recent (2020/21) registration data, determines if recent efforts to minimize a nursing shortage were successful, updates the forecast for 2025, and identifies areas of concern regarding trends in the RN workforce in Maine.

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Blue Paper Emergency Involuntary Hospitalization Resources

The Maine Department of Health & Human Services has updated the forms that hospitals must use to apply to involuntarily commit a patient. 

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MaineGeneral Health's Dr. Steve Diaz new MHA Board Chair

Dr. Steve Diaz, MD, chief medical officer for MaineGeneral Health in Augusta, has been installed as chair of the Maine Hospital Association (MHA) Board of Directors.
 

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COVID-19

MHA, MMA ask state to alleviate COVID-19 losses
Letter
Press release

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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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Death with Dignity

The Maine Death with Dignity Law allows terminally ill adults who meet certain qualifications and who has been determined by the person's attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, as defined in the Act, to make a request for medication prescribed for the purpose of ending the person's life. The law establishes the procedures for making these requests, including two waiting periods and one written and two oral requests and requires a second opinion by a consulting physician. The law requires specified information to be documented in the person's medical record, including all oral and written requests for a medication to hasten death.

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Legislative Wrap Up, First Session 129th Legislature

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Karen Rumo is MHA Caregiver of the Year

Karen Rumo, a psychiatric technician at Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, has been selected as the 2019 Maine Hospital Association Caregiver of the Year.

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John Ronan new MHA board chair

John Ronan, president of Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital (BHH), in Blue Hill, and Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital (MCH) in Ellsworth, was installed as chair of the Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors on Wednesday, June 19, at the Association’s annual Summer Forum at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

 

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Rural Health Care Intiative

Maine's rural hospitals are woven into the fabric of their communities.  But Maine's rural hospitals are not thriving.  They need immediate help. 

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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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High Quality + Fair Price=Excellent Value for Maine Hospitals

When you can get the highest quality services at a fair price, that translates to excellent value.  That’s exactly what Mainers get from hospitals here: excellent value.
 

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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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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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