Bits 'N Pieces Newsletter


April 2017 Print

President's Message

Kathy Early, 2016-2017 MSHRM President

Looking forward to seeing you all in Bay Harbor next month for our MSHRM Annual Conference. The Education Committee has been hard at work devising a wonderful program for risk management professionals. We hope you will avail yourself of the opportunity to partake of the exceptional, national-quality educational programming-----we also trust that you will find that the ample networking opportunities will enhance your risk management experience, optimize the skills and benefits you afford your various organizations, and provide a supportive and challenging group of peers who will enrich you as a practicing risk manager. See you in Bay Harbor!

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Education Committee Update

Kristen Rifenbark and Dean Etsios, Education Committee Co-Chairs

Spring Meeting Wrapup

We had a great day at the Spring Conference learning about various aspects of technology and how it affects us as Risk Managers and others in our field. From emerging technology trends that our patients may utilize to credentialing telemedicine professional and everything in between, participants took home a plethora of information.

If you weren’t able to make it, we encourage you to review and refer to the “Michigan Specific Telemedicine Information and Resources” document which was created by the Government Issues Committee in an effort to provide our membership with Michigan specific information and resources.

Annual Meeting Coming Soon

The Annual Meeting is sure to delight and inform participants. Starting with a Petosky Winery Tour and ending with a communications workshop, you are sure to find something entertaining and educational. This year’s meeting is a hodge-podge of topics, hence the fitting title “So You Think You’ve Seen It All!”

If you haven’t already registered for this event, please do so ASAP. You won’t regret the time spent developing your talents and broadening your knowledge base. We look forward to seeing you there!

Opioid Abuse and Herion Overdose Summit

We recently learned of the following educational opportunity and wanted to share it with members...

Greater Detroito Area Health Counsel, in partnership with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA), is hosting the 2nd Annual Opioid Abuse and Heroin Overdose Solutions Summit: Moving Forward to Affect Change on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Burton Manor in Livonia. Seminar and registration details are available here.

Mark Your Calendar for Future Programs


  • May 24-26 - Annual Meeting
  • October 3 - Fall Meeting


  • March 20 - Spring Meeting
  • May 23-25 - Annual Meeting
  • October 2 - Fall Meeting


  • March 19 - Spring Meeting
  • May 22-24 - Annual Meeting
  • October 1 - Fall Meeting

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Communications Committee Update

Karen Stein and Ed Lynch, Communication Committee Co-Chairs

Join MSHRM on Social Media!

MSHRM is using three types of social media:

Action:  Go the MSHRM FB page and click on "Like"
Action:  Go to MSRHM Twitter link,  click on "Follow"
Linked In
Action: On LinkedIn, click on "member"

ASHRM Celebrates Healthcare Risk Management Week June 19-23, 2017   

The theme for ASHRM's Healthcare Risk Management week 2017 is Leading Innovation in Risk Management. This theme celebrates the unique contributions that health care risk management professionals provide to hospitals and health systems across the country. These innovations are vital in the pursuit of advancing patient safety, reducing uncertainty and maximizing value.

ASHRM offers a free toolkit of materials that can be downloaded at the ASHRM website. Click on the link, to access the toolkit and additional information. MSHRM members can use the toolkit to help raise awareness of risk management and patient safety issues within their organizations. The toolkit contains a variety of materials including an article members can use in their local employee newsletter, key talking points, FAQ's, RM quiz, tip cards and PowerPoint templates.  The theme this year really promotes the value of Risk Management to organizations!

The Communications Committee is creating a letter that will be sent to members' CEOs during Healthcare Risk Management week and also a message to the membership. 

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Government Issues Committee Update

Jose Brown, Government Issues Committee Co-Chair

Mandatory Maternal Death Reporting

Globally, maternal deaths have decreased over the past few decades.  In the United States, however, reported maternal mortality rates jumped from 9.8 per 100,000 live births from 1999 to 2002 to 20.8 per 100,000 live births for 2010 to 2013. Michigan has the fifth highest maternal mortality rate in the country. To investigate and improve the maternal mortality rate in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is tasked with collecting data on maternal death.  Until recently, the data submission was only voluntary.  In an effort to further investigate and reduce maternal deaths, Public Act 479 of 2016 was signed into law, making maternal death reporting to the MDHHS a mandatory process. 

MCL 333.2617a, effective April 6, 2017, states:

A physician or an individual in charge of a health facility who is present for or is aware of a maternal death shall submit information regarding that death at the time and in the manner specified or approved by the department for inclusion in the health information system established under section 2616. As used in this section:

(a) “Health facility” means a hospital, freestanding surgical outpatient facility, or other outpatient facility that is licensed or otherwise authorized to operate in this state under article 17.

(b) “Maternal death” means the death of a woman who was pregnant at the time of her death or within 1 year before her death.

(c) “Physician” means an individual who is licensed or otherwise authorized to engage in the practice of medicine or practice of osteopathic medicine and surgery under article 15.

Physicians and health facilities are now required to complete and submit a reporting form to the DHHS for all maternal deaths that they are present for and/or are aware of. The reporting form can be found at,5885,7-339-73971_4911_41657---,00.html.

In addition, the reporting physicians and health facilities must submit the medical record information that they have available for each maternal death, including discharge summaries, autopsy reports and emergency medical services reports. 

For more information, please refer to the Mandatory Maternal Death Reporting Guidance, found at  

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Greatest Risk Management Story

The search is underway! Send in your most interesting, unique or humorous tale which relates to an occurrence in the not-so-routine life of a healthcare risk manager. The winning author will be honored during the Business Meeting on May 25, 2017 at the Inn at Bay Harbor.  Remember the HIPAA rules!  Entries are due by May 3.  Share your story by emailing it to

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Welcome New Members!

William Krueger and Carole Empey, Membership Committee Co-Chairs

The Membership Committee would like to welcome the following new members that joined and have received formal approval by the Board of Directors since the last issue of this newsletter:

  • Beth Bedra, Patient Safety Officer/Risk Manager, ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital
  • Chad Burnside, Risk Analyst Associate, Spectrum Health
  • Susan Cook, Risk Manager, Sparrow Ionia Hospital
  • Tyler Danek, Director of Risk Management, Covenant HealthCare
  • Phaedra DesJardin, Clinical Risk Manager, Spectrum Health
  • Kathryn Frei, Clinical Risk Manager, Spectrum Health
  • Constance Hall-Burke, Director QRSA, St. Joseph Mercy Health System
  • Royal Norgan, Sr. Clinical Risk Manager, Spectrum Health
  • Elizabeth Piva, Clinical Risk Specialist, Beaumont Health
  • Nicole Reahm, Risk Analyst, Spectrum Health
  • Laura Sherbook, Associate, Kitch Law Firm
  • Pamela Smale, Risk Analyst, Spectrum Health

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