MHA's Friday Update Messages

MHA Friday Update Weekly Messages

  • Safe Places to Heal, and to Work

    December 09, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Hospitals – the very special places to which people turn in their times of need – are supposed to be places of refuge, but frequently that isn’t the case. Far too many of America’s nurses, doctors, and other hospital staff end up as patients rather than providers due to a national wave of abuse toward health care workers. In 2014, 75 percent of hospital nurses experienced verbal or physical abuse from patients and visitors, and three in 10 reported physical abuse, according to a study in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.
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  • Standing on Principles

    December 02, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    In October, Health Services Cost Review Commission staff proffered a recommendation to retroactively adjust the commission's Quality Based Reimbursement Program, a proposal that would shift the statewide adjustment from a net positive $27 million to a net negative $10 million for the current fiscal year. The loss of already-budgeted real dollars is scary, but even more important is what we see as a dangerous precedent: changing a payment policy after the start of a fiscal year.
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  • Gratitude

    November 18, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Setting aside the dubious wisdom of ingesting thousands of calories in one gathering (one estimate says 4,500 on average between snacking and dinner), Thanksgiving for me has always been a time for reflection, a time to gather with family and friends and remind one another to focus on the things we have, rather than the things we lack.
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  • What's Next?

    November 11, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    Every new administration brings change. As the nation’s health care field watches to see what that change means for the transformation of care nationally, Maryland’s hospitals will be watching for the local impact. And of course your MHA will be vigilant as we track the potential implications of the new administration’s policies on our state’s All-Payer Model demonstration.
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  • Hospital Care Is Never Partisan

    November 04, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    In four days, millions of Americans will head to schools, libraries, churches and other sites to cast a ballot for our country’s next president. You don’t have to be an expert in national political history to know that this election season has been one for the books.
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  • The Crest of the Transformation Wave

    October 28, 2016 By: Carmela Coyle
    If we employ a metaphor to think of the broad health care delivery transformation movement – that of a wave sweeping across America – Maryland is surely riding the crest. Our unique hospital payment system has paved the way for the novel partnerships and cooperative spirit that are essential for value-driven care to succeed. Both of those were on full display yesterday in Howard County at a public forum about how care is changing in Maryland.
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