Daily Montanan: LR-131 Passage Could Cause ‘Exodus’ of Healthcare Workers in Montana

Montana could lose healthcare professionals to other states if a ballot measure passes to require them to provide medical care for infants born at any stage of development — or potentially face criminal charges — medical leaders said.

Posted on 10/28/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
NBC Montana: Montana Healthcare Workers Voice Opposition to LR-131

Healthcare workers from across the state gathered at the Capitol rotunda in Helena, on October 27, to voice their opposition to a legislative referendum on the ballot this November.

Posted on 10/27/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Modern Healthcare: Montana Health Officials Aim to Boost Oversight of Nonprofit Hospitals’ Giving

Montana health officials are proposing to oversee and set standards for the charitable contributions that nonprofit hospitals make in their communities each year to justify their access to millions of dollars in tax exemptions.

Posted on 10/25/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
NBC Montana: Bitterroot Health Receives Stroke Recognition Award

Bitterroot Health recently received a stroke recognition award.

The award is sponsored by the Cardiovascular Health Program within the state health department and was given out at the Montana Hospital Association’s annual meeting in September.

Posted on 10/25/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
KRTV: Great Falls hospital’s Post-COVID Recovery Program Garners Recognition

The Benefis Health System Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program team has been recognized with the Montana Hospital Association’s top honor for innovation in healthcare.

Posted on 10/25/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Great Falls Tribune: Benefis Health System Wins Healthcare Innovation Award for Long COVID-19 Treatment

The Benefis Health System Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program team has been recognized with the Montana Hospital Association’s top honor for innovation in healthcare.

Posted on 10/17/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Daily Montanan: What’s it worth: Lawmakers question tax breaks and benefits from Montana’s nonprofit hospitals

Montana nonprofit hospitals can choose what they consider charitable or community care, and assign whatever dollar amount they believe is reasonable, to justify their tax-exempt status in Montana, according to a legislative audit meeting held on Tuesday, October 4.

Posted on 10/06/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Kaiser Health News: Montana Health Officials Aim to Boost Oversight of Nonprofit Hospitals’ Giving

Montana health officials are proposing to oversee and set standards for the charitable contributions that nonprofit hospitals make in their communities each year to justify their access to millions of dollars in tax exemptions.

Posted on 09/28/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
NPR: Montana Health Officials Call for More Oversight of Nonprofit Hospitals

Montana health officials are proposing to oversee and set standards for the charitable contributions that nonprofit hospitals make in their communities each year to justify their access to millions of dollars in tax exemptions.

Posted on 09/27/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Missoulian: ‘We have no specialized care here’: Reservations struggle with limited prenatal care

Obstetric care, especially specialized care, is limited in rural communities. On reservations in Montana, it’s nearly nonexistent.

Posted on 07/26/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Voices of Montana: Collaborating to advance EMS along the Hi-Line

A collaborative agreement between Logan Health, Glacier County, and the Blackfeet Reservation is keeping some emergency services operating along the Hi-line. The agreement is a rarity and has stirred up renewed interest in the creation of healthcare consortiums to help keep critical care facilities operating in rural Montana. Listen to the podcast to hear Ryan Pitts from Logan HealthRich Rasmussen from the Montana Hospital Association, and state Representative Geraldine Custer discuss why these types of collaborative efforts might be the future of rural health care.

Posted on 06/01/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Montana Free Press: Tackling Montana’s EMS shortage, from the supply side

As the state continues to grapple with an EMS shortage, college programs are exploring ways to expand and enhance the state’s pool of first responders.

Posted on 05/23/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Casper Star Tribune: Lessons from across the state line: What Wyoming could learn from Montana’s Medicaid expansion

In Montana, uncompensated care plummeted after Medicaid expansion. Employment rates went up. Expansion generated $2.1 billion in new economic activity over the first two years, one report found. Thousands of Montanans accessed primary care services — some for the first time in their lives.

Meanwhile, thousands of Wyomingites remain without health coverage, and hospitals are still writing off millions of dollars treating people who can’t afford healthcare.

Posted on 04/12/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Missoulian: Benefis breaks ground on new $44 million facility

Benefis Health System broke ground on what will be its largest expansion into the Helena area.

Posted on 03/22/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Montana Public Radio: Immunocompromised patients worry vaccine exemptions put them in peril

Gov. Greg Gianforte’s office estimates that “thousands of health care workers” have obtained religious exemptions and “remain in the workforce,” according to a recent press release.

Posted on 03/22/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Montana Public Radio: Gianforte urges religious exemptions for health care workers facing vaccine mandate

Gov. Greg Gianforte is urging unvaccinated health care workers to consider using religious and medical exemptions ahead of an upcoming federal vaccine mandate deadline. Gianforte says health care workers should evaluate all their options.

Posted on 02/14/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Montana Free Press: Greg Gianforte’s pandemic tightrope act

How Montana’s pro-vaccine Republican governor is navigating COVID says a lot about his political priorities.

Posted on 02/07/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Valley Journal: Campaign to educate parents launches

MHA has partnered with nine other trusted Montana healthcare and public health associations to launch the “Your Best Shot MT” campaign to help answer parents’ vaccine questions and increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in Montana.

Posted on 01/19/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Great Falls Tribune: Montana congressional delegation reacts to SCOTUS vaccine requirement decision

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Joe Biden’s administration doesn’t have the authority to impose vaccine-or-testing requirements on employers that would have covered tens of millions of Americans.

Posted on 01/17/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Daily Montanan: Health officials warn of hospital overcrowding with oncoming omicron surge

A coalition of Montana medical groups warned that hospitals are once again at risk of being extended beyond their caregiving capacity as the more transmissible omicron variant starts to spread across the state.

Posted on 01/13/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Billings Gazette: 10 Montana healthcare and public health associations campaign for kids ages 5+ to be vaccinated

The Montana Medical Association has partnered with nine other trusted Montana health care and public health associations to launch the “Your Best Shot MT” campaign to help answer parents’ vaccine questions and increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in Montana.

Posted on 01/10/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
MTPR: Montana hospitals prepare for a new wave of COVID-19 patients

Montana hospitals are preparing for a wave of new patients that could follow a rising number of reported COVID-19 cases.

Posted on 01/10/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
TheDenverChannel.com: Veterans Affairs pilot program aims to get vets in rural areas vaccinated

Across the country, people are lining up to get vaccinated against COVID-19, including a group of veterans in Kalispell, Montana.

Posted on 03/22/21 | MHA in the News | Read More
Seeley Swan Pathfinder: Privacy Protections, Voting Restrictions, Bison Bills and Pandemic Preparedness

The Montana Legislature is considering a bill proponents say will offer increased clarity and protections for privacy in the digital age.

Posted on 02/25/21 | MHA in the News | Read More
NBC Montana: Several Montana hospitals nearing or above capacity

The state of Montana posts a daily hospital capacity report in its effort to share important COVID-19 data publicly, but there have been recent questions raised about how it’s being perceived by those outside of the health care system.

Posted on 11/13/20 | MHA in the News | Read More

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