Messages from MHA's President

From MHA President and CEO Carmela Coyle

  • 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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  • Summer’s Here and So is Zika

    May 27, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    The Memorial Day weekend is expected to bring the hottest temperatures of the year, approaching 90 degrees. Coming on the heels of one of the wettest months in recent history, entomologists and state agricultural specialists are predicting that a big mosquito “bloom” for 2016 is in the offing.
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  • Raise Your Voice

    May 20, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    The Health Services Cost Review Commission’s (HSCRC) decision on a global budget update for fiscal year 2017 is just a few weeks away, and it is important for hospital leaders to help commissioners understand why the current HSCRC staff recommendation is, to put it simply, not only inadequate but damaging. In a Member Alert earlier this week we asked you to counter a perception among some commissioners that hospitals aren’t doing enough to reduce utilization and save costs, by sharing all the ways you are investing in care coordination and management, your work with non-hospital community partners, and your commitment to the state’s all-payer experiment – an experiment that is already paying dividends by containing costs and improving quality.
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