MHA's Friday Update Messages

MHA Friday Update Weekly Messages

  • Chipping Away at Our Behavioral Health Crisis

    February 24, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    In August, Maryland’s top health official appeared before a Baltimore judge and offered an explanation for why dozens of mentally ill Marylanders were languishing in jails despite court orders to send them to state hospitals for evaluation and treatment. The court appearance helped clarify some of the reasons for the backlog of admissions to state mental facilities, such as Clifton T. Perkins in Jessup and Springfield State Hospital Center in Sykesville. The main factor: a bed shortage – one that doesn’t stem from a lack of physical space, but rather caused by difficulty in attracting and retaining staff.​
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  • Many Paths, One Destination

    February 17, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Allow me to offer a brief anecdote that conveys a bit of perspective during this time of uncertainty surrounding health care policy:​ In the 1930s, serving on opposite sides during World War II, while working separately and knowing nothing of one another’s plans, Hans von Ohain and Sir Frank Whittle each invented a working jet engine. Whittle used compressed air with a centrifugal flow perpendicular to the axis of rotation, while von Ohain compressed the air with an axial flow through the center of the engine. Opposite feats of engineering that relied on sound principles of physics to achieve the same outcome. Today, both von Ohain and Whittle are given equal credit for the jet engine – an invention that changed the world.
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  • Community Benefits Rise Again

    February 10, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Excuse the bad headline pun – community benefits are indeed on the rise, literally, as hospitals invested a record $1.6 billion last year, and figuratively, as the tax exempt issue is once again on the rise in Annapolis.
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  • Eyes on the Prize

    February 03, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    I can’t remember the last time a congressional committee had one party boycott a vote and the other suspend its rules to advance confirmation of an appointee – but that of course happened this week when the Senate Finance Committee voted on U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s Health and Human Services nomination. These days, it’s easy to get caught up by a seemingly ceaseless whirlwind of activity and its meaning and consequences.
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  • ED Diversions in the Spotlight

    January 27, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    The agenda for next month’s meeting of the Health Services Cost Review Commission is expected to include an item on emergency department (ED) diversions, the growth of which has sparked concern for HSCRC Executive Director Donna Kinzer.​
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  • Priorities, Not Politics

    January 20, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Today’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president brings a new era to Washington. With it comes a flurry of federal action on policies and programs implemented during President Obama’s term, including an expected repeal of the Affordable Care Act.​
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