Messages from MHA's President

From MHA President and CEO Carmela Coyle

  • March Madness in Annapolis

    March 25, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    No, not the basketball tournament, but the flurry of activity in Annapolis as the legislature enters its final weeks of the 2016 session. This year has been marked by a massive number of bills, including hundreds with the potential to affect hospitals and your ability to care for communities. Here’s a look at where we stand on the issues that affect you:
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  • What We Need to Sustain Maryland’s Model

    March 18, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    “There are no facts, only interpretations.” – Friedrich Nietzsche With HSCRC’s fiscal 2017 global budget update vote less than three months away, your MHA is working hard to secure an increase that provides hospitals with the resources necessary to extend the progress made in the first half of the five-year all-payer experiment. That progress is noteworthy.
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  • Patient Safety Is the First Priority

    March 11, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Sunday marks the beginning of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, the annual highlight of an ongoing education and engagement campaign that aims to shine the spotlight on this important issue.
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  • Unsatisfactory/Needs Improvement

    March 04, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report for acute care hospitals and the data are alarming:
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  • A Target on Our Chest

    February 26, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    We’re at the midpoint of the General Assembly’s legislative session, and while hospitals have made significant strides in advancing our priorities, the volume of bills has been nothing short of staggering. Some are well-meaning but carry unintended consequences; others are clearly designed to weaken hospitals’ ability to take care of communities.
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  • Getting Global Budget Updates Right

    February 19, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    In less than four months, the recently reconfigured Health Services Cost Review Commission, along with its new chairman, Nelson Sabatini, will vote on a global budget update for hospitals for the coming fiscal year. Last year, as hospitals were ramping up population health management efforts in the earlier stages of the modernized Medicare waiver, HSCRC approved a 3.3 percent average per capita increase - the largest in more than six years. That delivered more than $500 million to help hospitals develop the capabilities they needed to meet the requirements of the waiver.
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