NMMC Attracts National Attention

Hospital-Based Physician Practices

Maine’s hospital-based physician practices would be decimated if  Medicare moves closer to a site-neutral payment policy.  Read MHA's fact sheet on the issue.
 

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Hospital Issues for State Office Candidates

MHA has sent candidates for state office a copy of Hospital Issues for State Office Candidates, which describes the issues that are important to Maine's hospitals. 

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Election Guide for Member Hospitals

MHA has developed an Election Guide for Member Hospitals, which lists the candidates for state office.

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Programs Vital to Rural Hospitals

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Medicaid Expansion

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340B Drug Discount Program

The 340B Drug Discount Program was created in 1992 and provides eligible hospitals with access to discounted drug prices for their patients receiving outpatient hospital services. Eligible hospitals include those that provide a disproportionate amount of care to low-income patients, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Referral Centers, Sole Community Hospitals (SCH) and Children’s Hospitals.
 
 

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Press release: Houlton hospitalist is MHA Caregiver of the Year

Jennifer Cavalari, DO, a hospitalist at Houlton Regional Hospital, has been selected to be the Maine Hospital Association’s Caregiver of the Year.

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MHA Statement: Tax & Home Care Referendum

The Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors voted to oppose the Tax and Home Care Referendum.
 

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Tax & Home Care Referendum

Question 1 on the November 2018 ballot would require Maine to increase income taxes to fund a new state home care program.
 

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MHA Announces Federal Priorities

As part of the American Hospital Association's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, MHA met with staff from Maine's Congressional Delegation to discuss hospitals' federal priorities

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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.
 
The analysis quantifies hospitals’ economic contribution to Maine.  The results reveal a robust and growing industry making significant economic contributions across the state.
 
“Because it describes the impact in each county, this report allows hospitals to show the impact they have on their local economy,” said MHA President Steven Michaud.  “Maine hospitals' primary mission is to heal the sick and injured and improve the health of our communities, but a very important byproduct of that is the enormous economic contribution we make to our communities.”
 
In 2016, Maine hospitals directly employed almost 33,000 people and paid more than $2.5 billion in salaries and benefits.  Their total spending was $5.7 billion, including $5.5 billion in operating expenses and $231.8 million in capital expenditures.  As that money circulated through the Maine economy, it generated an additional $4.5 billion in indirect and induced economic activity, leading to a total economic contribution of more than $10 billion.  This supported a total of 67,000 jobs, $4 billion in wages and benefits and almost $400 million in state and local taxes. 
 
MHA worked with the firm 45 North, whose principals include two former Maine state economists. 

View the report here.
 
 

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Task Force on Health Care Coverage for All Mainers

The Task Force on Health Care Coverage for All Mainers has been charged with proposing at least three design options, including implementation plans for creating a healthcare system that ensures all Maine residents have access to and coverage for affordable, quality care.

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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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MHA Board votes to support Medicaid Expansion Referendum

The Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors has voted to support Medicaid Expansion referendum.

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Maine Hospital Association opposes Cassidy-Graham bill to replace Affordable Care Act

The Maine Hospital Association today announced its opposition to the Cassidy-Graham bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
 

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Critical Care Social Worker is 2017 MHA Caregiver of the Year

Lois Latour, LCSW, EMMC’s critical care social worker, has spent countless hours in her career helping patients and families navigate the challenges during one of the most difficult times of their lives.
 
 

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Maine Hospital Association Testimony on Maine’s Proposed Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver

The Maine Hospital Association has serious concerns with a proposal to impose new work requirements, monthly premiums and asset tests for MaineCare recipients.  

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MHA Urges House Members to Vote No on ACA Replacement

The Maine Hospital Association (MHA) today urged Maine’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA), saying the legislation is bad for Maine hospitals and their patients. 
 

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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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RFGH Nurse is 2016 MHA Caregiver of the Year

Kelly Hughes Wheeler has been selected the 2016 Maine Hospital Association (MHA) Caregiver of the Year. 
 

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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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