WEEKLY MESSAGE FROM MHA

  • Power in Numbers

    December 06, 2021
    There’s power in numbers—and impact. For the coming session of the General Assembly, MHA will expand its grassroots advocacy pilot program to include all Maryland hospitals. MHA asks all hospital leaders to commit to engage fully, so we can prove the strength of Maryland hospitals and your workforce.
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  • Giving Thanks

    November 22, 2021
    The arrival of the holiday season—our second under the cloud of COVID-19—is an opportunity to reflect on all we are thankful for.
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  • Laying Groundwork for Post-Pandemic Success

    November 15, 2021
    MHA contacted the Commission immediately to stress that real-time hospital finances show a very different picture. It’s important they acknowledge the 2020-2021 period reflects one-time federal relief and HSCRC support, and that they understand the unsustainable workforce pressures you face.
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  • Hope in COVID-19 Fight

    November 08, 2021
    Dr. Michael Zollicoffer, a pediatrician with Sinai Hospital, captured the immense relief and excitement in Maryland—and nationwide—as we received much-anticipated news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
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  • Change, Change and More Change in Annapolis

    November 01, 2021
    With two months to go before the next regular session of the Maryland General Assembly, there are many uncertainties. There is movement on the major players, key priorities, and even the format.
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  • CMMI: Nice Work, Maryland. Do More.

    October 25, 2021
    On Thursday, several hospital leaders joined state officials and others from across the Maryland health care field to meet with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Director Elizabeth Fowler and her team to hear their views of the Maryland Total Cost of Care Model.
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  • HSCRC’s Maryland Model Vision

    October 18, 2021
    The Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) began strategic planning efforts over the summer to define the ideal future position for HSCRC and the Maryland Model over the next decade. Last week HSCRC revealed a new aspirational vision statement for Maryland’s Total Cost of Care Model: “The Maryland Model, stabilized and embracing a population health approach for all providers, will serve as the nation’s leader in health equity, quality, access, total cost, and consumer experience by leveraging value-based payment methodologies across all payers.”
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  • Post-Acute Partnerships

    October 11, 2021
    For 20 months, hospitals have grappled with COVID-19 patient surges. And we now feel additional pressures due to the unprecedented workforce shortages and financial strains. Last week, during an appearance at the Health Facilities Association of Maryland’s annual conference, I reflected on another persistent challenge—transitioning people out of hospitals and into post-acute care (PAC) facilities to make space for acute patients.
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  • Advancing Health Equity

    October 04, 2021
    Included in a slew of new Maryland laws that took effect Friday were several priority bills championed by MHA and your hospitals to advance health equity. These necessary laws—delivering proper training, data, and collaboration to close long-standing inequities—rounded out our bold health equity agenda in the 2021 legislative session.
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  • Pathways Forward

    September 27, 2021
    Last week MHA’s principal governing body, the Executive Committee, met to explore ways to secure the future of the Total Cost of Care Model. At the start, they heard from Maryland Health Secretary Dennis Schrader and Health Services Cost Review Commission Chair Adam Kane that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants more value: more cost savings, more care transformation, more health care quality improvement and disparities reduction, and more work to advance population health.
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  • Strengthening the Hospital Workforce

    September 20, 2021
    Maryland hospitals have faced staffing challenges for as long as many of us can remember. Now, more than 560 days into the COVID-19 pandemic, these problems have become much more acute. The American Nurses Association earlier this month urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare the current and unsustainable nurse staffing shortage a national crisis.
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  • Collective Action for Greater Good

    September 14, 2021
    Maryland hospitals and health systems have battled together against COVID-19 from the start. You’ve shared your expertise, your beds, and other precious resources. You’ve also jointly advocated in the best interests of your patients, communities, and state to lead our way out of this crisis.
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  • Solving Workforce Challenges

    September 02, 2021
    This Labor Day weekend, our second under the cloud of the COVID-19, we are thankful for your strength, talent, and resilience. You and your teams have worked more than 500 days and saved the lives of almost 46,000 Marylanders. Now, you are being tested again as the Delta variant once again fills your hospitals with COVID patients.
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  • Md. Hospitals Remain at Forefront of COVID Defense

    August 23, 2021
    Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for hospital and nursing home staff. Under the orders, employees must have at least a first dose by Sept. 1, or face regular screening and testing. Maryland hospitals, of course, led early on vaccination. In June, UMMS and JHHS simultaneously announced they would require COVID vaccines for employees.
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  • Back-to-School Uncertainty

    August 16, 2021
    For many students returning to school in the coming weeks, it will be their first time learning in person in more than a year. In-person learning has rightly been prioritized to help students’ social, mental, and emotional well-being, to curb the digital divide that puts some students at a disadvantage, and to improve academic outcomes.
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  • Vaccination Push Grows

    August 09, 2021
    “Just get the damn vaccine.” Gov. Larry Hogan’s message was clear during Thursday’s press conference: The state is focused on COVID-19 vaccination as our best hope to save lives and return to normal.
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  • Vaccine Commitment

    August 02, 2021
    COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are once again climbing nationwide, and we’re seeing slight, but continuous increases in Maryland. This along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s finding that the virus can be prevalent in the airways of vaccinated people and thus spread faster, mean that there is more work to do.
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  • Staying in the Fight for Liability Reform

    July 26, 2021
    Maryland hospitals and health systems have long recognized that the medical liability system in our state is broken. It serves attorneys, not patients. MHA and your government affairs leaders persistently advocate for reform, but the system remains unfair—and unsustainable.
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  • Variants Present New Challenge in COVID Fight

    July 19, 2021
    On July 1 our state reached a welcome milestone—fewer than 100 COVID-19 inpatients statewide. That figure has crept above 100 again, but many of your teams—including Frederick Health, Meritus Health, Adventist White Oak Medical Center, Luminis Health, and Suburban Hospital—celebrated a remarkable achievement in recent weeks: Zero COVID inpatients.
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  • CMS Maryland Model Performance Evaluation

    July 12, 2021
    It’s working. That’s the assessment of the first two years of our Total Cost of Care Model released Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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