michigan health and hospital association http://michiganradio.org en Michigan hospitals working through IV fluid shortage http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hospitals-working-through-iv-fluid-shortage <p>Since January, Michigan hospitals have been dealing with the effects of a nationwide shortage of a critical supply of intravenous fluid.</p><p></p><p>The fluid is used in a wide variety of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intravenous_therapy">intravenous therapy,</a> including chemotherapy. The shortage is blamed on reduced production and increased demand during the winter flu season.</p><p></p><p>Laura Appel is with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. She says hospitals are working to share what fluid they do have.</p><p></p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:41:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17368 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan hospitals working through IV fluid shortage Michigan hospitals may be asked to be more 'transparent' about their 'futility' policies http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hospitals-may-be-asked-be-more-transparent-about-their-futility-policies <p>There’s a bill making its way through the state legislature that would require Michigan hospitals to reveal when they will withhold treatment from severely ill patients.</p><p></p><p>Many hospitals have ‘futility’ policies.&nbsp;&nbsp; The policies outline when the hospitals will withhold treatment from a patient on the grounds that further care would be futile and would simply waste hospital resources.</p><p></p><p>The policies are mainly for internal use and not widely disclosed.</p><p></p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 18:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11722 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan hospitals may be asked to be more 'transparent' about their 'futility' policies Sequestration, Medicare & Michigan hospitals http://michiganradio.org/post/sequestration-medicare-michigan-hospitals <p>Michigan hospitals could be among those hardest hit by automatic federal budget cuts this week.</p><p></p><p>Under the sequestration, Medicare reimbursements to doctors and hospitals would be cut by two percent.</p><p></p><p>Laura Appel is the vice president for federal policy and advocacy with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.&nbsp; She says sequestration would add up to tens of millions of dollars a year in loss reimbursements to Michigan hospitals.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11394 at http://michiganradio.org Sequestration, Medicare & Michigan hospitals Ingham Regional Medical Center starts layoffs this week http://michiganradio.org/post/ingham-regional-medical-center-starts-layoffs-week <p><a href="http://www.irmc.org/">Ingham Regional Medical Center</a> in Lansing will start laying off about 7 percent of it&rsquo;s workforce this week.</p><p>Interim hospital CEO Patrick Salow&nbsp;says a 10 percent decline in patient numbers over the past year is forcing the staffing cuts. He says the layoffs will affect the hospital&rsquo;s nursing staff, but the layoffs will also affect other divisions like the finance department.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;If we&rsquo;ve got fewer patients, so there&rsquo;s fewer bills to send out, do we need as many people to process bills for example.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The total layoff will be between 100 and 150 hospital employees. Mon, 07 Mar 2011 15:00:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 1521 at http://michiganradio.org Ingham Regional Medical Center starts layoffs this week