WEEKLY MESSAGE FROM MHA

  • Tackling Tough Topics: Your MHA Executive Committee

    September 26, 2022
    MHA’s Executive Committee came together recently for a two-day meeting to address the tough challenges Maryland hospitals are facing collectively.
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  • Caring for the Caregivers

    September 12, 2022
    This is a commitment we all share. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and September 17 is National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. This day of recognition is sadly necessary, because 400 physicians die by suicide each year, and shocking data show that physicians and nurses die by suicide at twice the rate of the general population.
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  • COVID Preparations for Fall

    August 29, 2022
    In Maryland, we’re welcoming fewer cases and fewer COVID inpatients than our neighboring states, the District, and the nation. But as fall approaches, we must be prepared. We typically see cases rise as people move indoors and, as happened over the past two years, new virus variants emerge.
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  • Better Together

    August 22, 2022
    Tuesday night we hosted dozens of hospital leaders at MHA headquarters for a rousing discussion about a potential new twist on Global Budget Revenue (seriously!). There were different perspectives along with many new faces in the room as CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and other top executives from all parts of the state came together to talk about the need for change, support, and fewer barriers. And, importantly, how we can do better for our communities under Maryland’s heavily regulated system.
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  • State of Maryland’s Health Care Workforce

    August 09, 2022
    Historic. Staggering. Unsustainable. These are just a few of the words Maryland hospital leaders use to describe workforce shortages that have worsened over the past two and a half years. A 2022 Global Data report, commissioned by MHA, predicts the shortage will grow worse. That data lines up with projections showing that, without intervention, openings could double or even triple by 2035.
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  • 988 Debuts; Is It Enough?

    July 25, 2022
    Last week the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline debuted. The line gives those with behavioral health and substance abuse issues an alternative to 911. In Maryland there are eight coordinating centers with counselors to connect callers to the right setting—whether it be a safe station, a crisis or mental health center, or urgent care. Though the hotline comes with $400 million nationwide in federal support to enhance mental health services and crisis centers, we know more needs to be done.
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  • B.I.R.T.H Equity Maryland

    July 11, 2022
    Nationwide, Black mothers are twice as likely as others to suffer pregnancy complications and three to four times more likely to die as a result. Maryland is no exception. And with our population being 32% Black (versus 12.5% for the U.S.) the adverse impact is more pronounced here.
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  • Caring4Md, Voting4Md

    June 27, 2022
    Through our Caring4Md, Voting4Md effort, MHA—for the first time—hosted virtual forums for hospital leaders to meet and question five leading candidates for governor.
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  • MHA Annual Meeting Recap

    June 22, 2022
    Last week, more than 150 hospital and health system leaders gathered in Baltimore for MHA’s Annual Membership Meeting—our first since 2019.
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  • Relief and Recovery

    June 13, 2022
    The Health Services Cost Review Commission’s (HSCRC) move Wednesday to raise per capita revenue by 3.38% is welcome news as Maryland hospitals reset from the pandemic and cope with workforce challenges and cost inflation.
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  • Mental Health Crisis

    June 06, 2022
    A children’s mental health crisis was building before the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now reached emergency proportions—a “tsunami,” according to Brad Schlaggar, CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute.
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  • New Equity and Diversity Collaborative

    May 23, 2022
    In the summer of 2020, each of your hospitals and health systems signed on to MHA’s fieldwide commitment to racial equity. Since that time, your organizations have been hard at work improving diversity, equity, and inclusion. You have built-in new ways to address social determinants of health and improve the health of your patients, communities, and employees.
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  • Get Out the Vote

    May 16, 2022
    This year, for the first time in a century, contests for Maryland’s four statewide constitutional offices—governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and comptroller—will not have any incumbents on the ballot. Plus, 15% of state senators and 20% of delegates will not run for re-election.
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  • Retreat and Reset

    May 09, 2022
    As COVID-19 seems to have lost a bit of steam, the concerns left in its wake are real and need to be addressed – particularly financial matters and the workforce shortage. The reality is that one out of every four nursing positions in the state is open. At the same time, 57% of hospitals in Maryland had negative margins to date in rate year 2022. If you take out the one-time federal pandemic funding, we are looking at significant losses at every hospital in the state.
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  • Hospital Presidents Meet

    May 02, 2022
    Last Wednesday, 30 hospital and health system presidents joined together at the first member meeting held at MHA’s office in Elkridge in more than two years. We joined together to talk about Maryland Model design innovations, financial policies, legislative successes, and the ongoing review of Association governance.
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  • The Cost of Inflation

    April 25, 2022
    If you’ve filled up your gas tank lately or bought groceries for your family, it’s clear inflation has driven up costs significantly. The steep and sudden rise in inflation—an estimated 8.5% according to the Consumer Price Index—takes a toll on your hospitals as well. Everything you use to care for your patients is more costly now.
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  • Historic Gains for Hospitals

    April 18, 2022
    Maryland’s legislature packed scores of high-profile bills into the 90-day session that ended April 11—from climate change and paid family leave to redistricting and other election-year priorities. Together with your government affairs leaders, we made sure legislators treated health care as a key priority, too.
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  • U.S. Milestones and Health Care in Maryland

    April 11, 2022
    Last week, our nation made history, confirming the first Black woman justice of the Supreme Court: Ketanji Brown Jackson. We hope that having the nation’s highest court better reflect the U.S. population will, over the long haul, improve the odds of achieving one of our own aims—health equity.
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  • MHA Out Front

    April 04, 2022
    For much of the past two years, hasn’t it felt as if we’ve been running just ahead of a steamroller? Unpacking the latest science, reacting to ever-changing guidance and rules, and living with constant uncertainty in operational, clinical, and financial domains?
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  • Back Together

    March 28, 2022
    For the first time since 2019, MHA is excited to invite hospital and health system leaders to our Annual Member Meeting. When hospitals in Maryland saw their first cases of COVID-19, around this time two years ago, we canceled in-person experiences, including our annual meeting. We considered offering you a virtual experience but determined your time was better spent focusing on protecting staff and meeting patients’ needs. Plus, part of the annual meeting experience is the opportunity to socialize with peers from across the state.
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