MHA's Friday Update Messages

MHA Friday Update Weekly Messages

  • Care Transformation’s Long and Winding Road

    October 21, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    No one said that a complete overhaul of Maryland’s health care system would be easy. Wednesday’s HSCRC meeting illustrated the notable gaps between how hospitals and state regulators view the implementation of the modernized All-Payer Model, and the meeting’s sometimes heated tone underscored one example of the hard work ahead if we are to realize a shared vision of care transformation.
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  • From Vision to Action

    October 14, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. – African proverb For the first time on Tuesday, a statewide gathering of representatives from Maryland’s hospitals and Maryland’s community behavioral health providers began a serious dialogue about how to tackle a problem that has been plaguing our state for years and is growing: mental health and substance use disorders.
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  • CMMI Standing Behind Maryland Model

    October 07, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    You know the history well. Forty years ago, Maryland, along with a handful of other states, began a demonstration project with the federal government to bring Maryland higher payments for health care services provided to Medicare recipients, in exchange for us clamping down on cost increases. That demonstration became law and for decades, the system helped control costs and ensure parity by requiring that everyone pay the same price for the same service at the same hospital.
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  • Keeping Tabs on New Laws

    October 03, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    October 1 marks the date when several laws that were passed during this year's General Assembly session and impact hospitals go into effect. Some will have an immediate impact on your organization, like a law mandating registration with the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which helps hospitals work with patients' family members or friends to coordinate post-discharge care. (Maryland is one of 30 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to pass the CARE Act.) Other laws are more ceremonial, like the Governor's annual proclamation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day.
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  • Tackling the Behavioral Health Crisis

    September 23, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Maryland’s behavioral health crisis did not happen overnight. It took nearly a decade, as the state shuttered many specialized facilities that treated mental health and substance use disorders, and as, at the same time, the effects of heroin and opioid misuse began to spread across the state and into our hospitals.
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  • Hospitals Take the Lead on Quality Improvement

    September 16, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    As Maryland’s hospitals continue to set the pace for the nation in our collective pursuit of the Triple Aim, it’s important to spread the word, frequently and proudly – to the public, regulators, legislators, and others – about how the transformation we are leading is helping patients and communities receive high-quality health care.
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