Messages from MHA's President

From MHA President and CEO Carmela Coyle

  • A Critical Juncture for the All-Payer Model

    May 13, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    In less than a month, the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) will make one of its most important decisions, at one of the most critical junctures to date in our all-payer waiver experiment.
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  • All In on Equity of Care

    May 06, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Earlier this week, I had the honor of announcing to the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees that Maryland is the first state in the country to achieve 100 percent participation by its community hospitals in a national campaign to improve the health of minority populations by reducing disparities in health care. And it was all thanks to you.
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  • Appreciation and Admiration

    April 29, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Next month, hospital leaders have two opportunities to honor the women and men who are the foundation of all that you do. National Nurses Week kicks off May 6 to celebrate the far-reaching yet intimate role nurses play in helping your patients feel better, heal faster, and stay well. National surveys continue to place nurses at the top when it comes to the most trusted profession, according to Gallup polls measuring honesty and ethics in various fields. It is through the actions and words of nurses that trust between provider and patient is developed, and this is especially important in Maryland, where our field has been working hard to anticipate the needs of patients and communities on a deeper level. And often it is the nurse who is able to forge the connection that puts a face to your organization.
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  • High Stakes

    April 22, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    In less than two months, a reconfigured Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) will vote on a global budget update - the percentage by which your hospital's budget will increase.
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  • See You This Summer

    April 15, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    The General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session concluded Monday (check out our at-a-glance summary here), but there’s no time to exhale. Ahead of a June decision from the Health Services Cost Review Commission on a global budget update for fiscal year 2017, MHA is already full-tilt on advocacy efforts to help commissioners understand the critical need to see hospitals’ success under the waiver as a glass half full, not half empty. In other words, the tremendous work you’ve done to shave costs in this new system should be rewarded with the funding needed to continue moving toward population health, not with a tamping down of funds under a “you’ve proved you can live with less” mindset.
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  • The Finish Line Is in Sight

    April 08, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    The countdown toward Sine Die – the close of the 2016 General Assembly legislative session – has shifted from days to hours, and while some of the major pieces have fallen into place, there are still some issues we’ll be watching and shepherding until the final gavel is struck at midnight on Monday.
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