Monday Podcast MIRS - MHA |  Michigan Health and Hospital Association

Monday Podcast MIRS – MHA | Michigan Health and Hospital Association

Brian Peters

The MHA received media coverage on several topics during the week of September 29. 12. Areas of interest included the Michigan Health Care Economic Impact Report and the new National Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation.

MHA CEO Brian Peters was a guest on the MIRS Monday Podcast on September 29. 12, discussing the report’s findings on the economic impact of healthcare in Michigan, while also discussing a variety of other challenges impacting the healthcare industry and potential legislative or policy solutions. Also appearing in the episode, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon and former governor. Gretchen Whitmer’s assistant, Mark Burton.

The Lansing State Journal also covered the Michigan health care economic impact report in an article published Sept. 29. 14 that looked at emergency department wait times and staffing shortages. The article referenced data from the report on the sudden loss of healthcare workers in 2020 as a result of the pandemic and how that led Michigan to have an average of 1,700 fewer staffed beds in Michigan hospitals per year. compared to October 2020.

Crain’s Detroit Business also published an article in September. 15 on Sturgis Hospital pursuing the new REH designation. Peters is quoted at the end of the article explaining why hospitals might consider adopting the new designation.

“It’s about keeping the doors open,” Peters said. “Telemedicine is a potential game changer for these struggling hospitals. Prenatal visits are critically important, but if you’re in a community where you had a full-service OBGYN clinic and you no longer have one, a robust telemedicine offering can fill this gap, ensuring healthcare leaders don’t feel like they’re abandoning their mission while remaining open.

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