Messages from MHA's President

From MHA President and CEO Carmela Coyle

  • 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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  • Tackling the Behavioral Health Crisis

    September 23, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Maryland’s behavioral health crisis did not happen overnight. It took nearly a decade, as the state shuttered many specialized facilities that treated mental health and substance use disorders, and as, at the same time, the effects of heroin and opioid misuse began to spread across the state and into our hospitals.
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  • Hospitals Take the Lead on Quality Improvement

    September 16, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    As Maryland’s hospitals continue to set the pace for the nation in our collective pursuit of the Triple Aim, it’s important to spread the word, frequently and proudly – to the public, regulators, legislators, and others – about how the transformation we are leading is helping patients and communities receive high-quality health care.
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  • 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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