Messages from MHA's President

From MHA President and CEO Carmela Coyle

  • Hospital Care Is Never Partisan

    November 04, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    In four days, millions of Americans will head to schools, libraries, churches and other sites to cast a ballot for our country’s next president. You don’t have to be an expert in national political history to know that this election season has been one for the books.
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  • The Crest of the Transformation Wave

    October 28, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    If we employ a metaphor to think of the broad health care delivery transformation movement – that of a wave sweeping across America – Maryland is surely riding the crest. Our unique hospital payment system has paved the way for the novel partnerships and cooperative spirit that are essential for value-driven care to succeed. Both of those were on full display yesterday in Howard County at a public forum about how care is changing in Maryland.
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  • 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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