Messages from MHA's President

From MHA President and CEO Carmela Coyle

  • Total Cost of Care: A Moving Target

    July 08, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Within the reams of data contained in the Medicare Trustees’ most recent report, released June 22, there’s a single number that should attract the attention of every hospital executive in Maryland: 0.7 percent.
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  • A Breath of Fresh Care

    July 01, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    For those of you whose life’s work is dedicated to helping others, there are moments that bring you back to the heart of why you choose to work at a hospital. When I visit Maryland’s hospitals, I often see these small, telltale signs peppered through their halls – handwritten letters, Hallmark cards, flowers – thanking your caregivers for tending to those in need. It’s a heartwarming reminder of why what you do is special. Now it’s my turn to say thank you.
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  • Seeking Assurances on Insurance

    June 24, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    All of the work that you are doing to transform health care in Maryland by working more efficiently, partnering with local organizations, cutting down on potentially avoidable utilization, and helping people and communities stay healthy is for naught if it does not translate into better care and lower costs for Marylanders.
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  • The Past is Prologue

    June 17, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    MHA's annual meeting this week featured three impressive speakers with widely different areas of expertise: Nelson Sabatini, new chairman of the Health Services Cost Review Commission; Patrick Kennedy, mental health advocate and former member of the House of Representatives; and Dr. Larry Sabato, political science professor and nationally renowned election expert.
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  • Maintaining Momentum

    June 10, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    In a 4-2 vote Wednesday, the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) provided Maryland’s hospitals with an average global budget increase of 2.19 percent per capita (a 2.72 percent increase in total revenue) for fiscal year 2017 – well more than the original staff recommendation.
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  • Communicating is Critical on the Global Budget Update

    June 03, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    The Health Services Cost Review Commission’s decision on a global budget update for the coming fiscal year is just days away. Over the past month, work to increase that update from the original staff proposal of 1.2 percent to all hospitals has been intense. Our field is seeking a modest 1.12 percentage point increase to that proposal – to make sure that misguided concerns about the all-payer model’s total cost of care guardrail don’t derail the investments and progress you’ve been making in population health.
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