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Sparrow Hospital health workers will vote on strike authorization

| Nov 15, 2021 | Michigan

Health care professionals of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing announced last week they will be holding a strike authorization vote due to disputes with executives on wages and staffing levels. The members of the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital, a local chapter of the Michigan Nurses Association (PECSH-MNA), will begin...[ Read More ]

Q&A: MNA president discusses understaffing and the need for help from MHA and state

| Nov 11, 2021 | Michigan

Jamie Brown, RN, is the president of the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) and critical care nurse at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.  In this Q&A, Brown discusses Michigan nurses' lack of adequate staffing, lack of help from hospitals, and the Safe Patient Care Act.      Patrick Jones: What has...[ Read More ]

MDHHS issues RFP to improve senior physical and mental wellness

| Nov 10, 2021 | Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) last week for the Senior Center Wellness Program in fiscal year (FY) 2022. The funding for this RFP comes from the Michigan Legislature, which allocated $150,000 to MDHHS for wellness programs in senior centers.  MDHHS...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Mary Whiteford discusses her behavioral health integration package and plans for next session

| Nov 9, 2021 | Michigan

Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Allegan) serves as the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and vice-chair of the full Appropriations Committee. She also sits as a member of the House Health Policy Committee.  In this Q&A, Whiteford talks about her behavioral health and physical health integration...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: Legislative update, New medicines, BBB legislation

| Nov 4, 2021 | Michigan

This month's edition of "5 Things We're Watching" includes a rundown of Sparrow Hospital workers' informational picket, rural health leaders' thoughts on workforce and SUD/OUD, and information on our upcoming "5 Slides" conversation. I encourage you to send me any feedback or tips that you have. Thank you very much for reading!   Eli...[ Read More ]

Registration for "5 Slides: The policy implications of new medicines" is now open!

| Nov 3, 2021 | Michigan

The pandemic has shifted the politics and public opinion on health care. Where cost was a primary concern before COVID, now access to affordable innovations is top of consumers and policy makers minds. So, as a return to normalcy appears on the horizon, the intersection of cost pressures and innovation...[ Read More ]

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