Messages from MHA's President

From MHA President and CEO Carmela Coyle

  • The Power of Apology

    September 09, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    In fiscal year 2015, there were 221 serious medical errors affecting 252 patients reported by Maryland’s hospitals to the state Office of Health Care Quality. Since official reporting began in 2004, there have been 2,472 Level 1 adverse events, defined as those that cause death or serious injury. That’s nearly 2,500 reasons why hospitals are always working to improve quality and patient safety.
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  • On Deck: Hospitals’ PQI Challenge

    September 02, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    As Maryland’s hospitals have made strong progress on the All-Payer Model’s five key metrics, federal and state regulators are increasingly focused on reducing the Total Cost of Care. Specifically, they are taking a hard look at individual hospital performance on Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs) and other types of Potentially Avoidable Utilization. That's why it's important to make sure your organization is represented at our upcoming PQI summit on September 23.
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  • Care Transformation Road Show

    August 26, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    To those of us in health care, and to the policymakers who have a stake in health care, the transformation of Maryland’s care delivery system over the past two-and-a-half years has been nothing short of impressive: readmissions rates are decreasing faster than the national rate; hospital-acquired conditions are down by more than one-third; and avoidable hospital visits are down more than 17 percent.
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  • Supporting Moms and Babies

    August 19, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Gov. Larry Hogan has proclaimed August to be Breastfeeding Month for the State of Maryland. In the proclamation, he noted that breastfeeding is a key to the healthy development of newborns, and encouraged all Marylanders to protect, promote and support breastfeeding families.
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  • Progress on CON, Capital Funding, and Capacity

    August 12, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Nearly three years ago, when we as a field and as a state agreed to a modernized all-payer model with CMS, we accepted that some of the details would be sorted out along the way. And we had confidence that all stakeholders were committed to two overriding principles: health care should be provided more efficiently and the quality of care should be improved.
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  • Change at the HSCRC

    August 05, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    At the August 10 meeting of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, the chair up until now occupied by Dr. Stephen Jencks instead will be taken by Joseph Antos. Antos was quietly named by the Governor last month to replace Jencks, who had been eligible for reappointment after his term expired June 30.
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