MHA's Friday Update Messages

MHA Friday Update Weekly Messages

  • Preparing for Change

    January 13, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean With the inauguration of President-elect Trump just a week away, tectonic changes to federal health care policy are no longer simply political talk, they are in the works. But what are the details? What form might change take, and what does it mean for hospitals? For Maryland?
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  • Gearing Up for Session

    January 06, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    In less than a week, the Maryland General Assembly will convene for its 437th session, where 47 Senators and 141 Delegates will draft, debate, revise, and pass laws to improve the lives of the 6 million Marylanders they represent.
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  • All in a Year’s Work: 2016

    December 23, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Taking stock of all that has happened with health care in Maryland over the past year, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but instead I am deeply uplifted by all we’ve accomplished together. Change has been fast, and at times difficult, but the results are undeniable: quality is better, cost trends are lower, and hospitals are engaged with their communities like never before.
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  • Repeal, Replace, and ...?

    December 16, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    With November’s election results, health care delivery over the next several years could look very different than the path laid out by the Affordable Care Act. President-elect Trump and incoming Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price will push for repeal of the ACA, as well as major changes to Medicare and Medicaid, all of which will have a significant impact on how care may be paid for and provided.
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  • Safe Places to Heal, and to Work

    December 09, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Hospitals – the very special places to which people turn in their times of need – are supposed to be places of refuge, but frequently that isn’t the case. Far too many of America’s nurses, doctors, and other hospital staff end up as patients rather than providers due to a national wave of abuse toward health care workers. In 2014, 75 percent of hospital nurses experienced verbal or physical abuse from patients and visitors, and three in 10 reported physical abuse, according to a study in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.
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  • Standing on Principles

    December 02, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    In October, Health Services Cost Review Commission staff proffered a recommendation to retroactively adjust the commission's Quality Based Reimbursement Program, a proposal that would shift the statewide adjustment from a net positive $27 million to a net negative $10 million for the current fiscal year. The loss of already-budgeted real dollars is scary, but even more important is what we see as a dangerous precedent: changing a payment policy after the start of a fiscal year.
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