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Bivalent Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines available for booster shots in Michigan starting this week

| Sep 8, 2022 | Michigan

To better help fight the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for bivalent COVID-19 vaccine for booster doses. This was followed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation for use of the Pfizer...[ Read More ]

Q&A: MLPP’s Alex Rossman talks health insurance affordability and the Inflation Reduction Act

| Sep 1, 2022 | Michigan

Alex Rossman is the External Affairs Director at the Michigan League For Public Policy (MLPP). In this Q&A, he discusses how the Inflation Reduction Act will impact the health insurance marketplace and Michiganders.     State of Reform: How will Whitmer’s recent directive to health insurance companies to lower costs,...[ Read More ]

Rep. Filler introduces bill to make preadmission screening process for inpatient psychiatric care more efficient

| Aug 31, 2022 | Michigan

On Aug. 17th, Rep. Graham Filler (R-St. Johns) introduced a bill to streamline the screening process for potential admission to inpatient psychiatric care for behavioral and mental health patients.     House Bill 6355 would require preadmission screening units operated by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or...[ Read More ]

CMS Releases FY 2023 Final Rule to Update Skilled Nursing Facilities PPS

| Aug 26, 2022

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) for fiscal year (FY) 2023. Key updates include: A negative 2.3% parity adjustment to the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) case mix indices following...[ Read More ]

MDHHS announces Regional Health Equity Advisory Councils to address COVID-19-related disparities

| Aug 22, 2022 | Michigan

On Aug. 10th, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the creation of 11 Regional Health Equity Advisory Councils. These councils will be “designed to help combat health disparities in underserved and rural areas across the state.”     The funding for these councils comes from the...[ Read More ]

MDHHS issues RFP to increase reliance on community-based settings for justice-involved youth

| Aug 11, 2022 | Michigan

On Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that it has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to “assist communities with planning and implementation of evidence-based services to promote and preserve community-based placement for juvenile justice-involved youth who may be otherwise placed into out-of-home placement.”  ...[ Read More ]