WEEKLY MESSAGE FROM MHA

  • Voices for Social Responsibility

    February 21, 2022
    Maryland hospitals are places of health and healing for your patients. Your organizations may also be the largest institutions in your communities. As such, you are often asked to speak up when social justice concerns arise, whether in your neighborhood or around the world.
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  • A Stronger, More Diverse Health Care Workforce

    February 14, 2022
    A more diverse and inclusive health care workforce makes all our organizations stronger and improves health care for all Marylanders. Yet, data show we have a long way to go.
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  • A Perfect Storm

    February 07, 2022
    We’re coming out of the most harrowing months since the earliest days of this pandemic. In January, there were more new COVID-19 patients than the previous 10 months combined. A spike in hospitalizations—2,603 COVID inpatients per day on average—strained your hospitals and already overburdened workforce. Fifteen Maryland hospitals—35% of the acute care hospitals in the state—declared crisis standards of care in this time, indicating severe overload.
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  • All Hands on Deck

    January 31, 2022
    It’s some relief to see the drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland in recent weeks. Yet, we aren’t out of the woods.
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  • A Healthy Maryland Needs Healthy Hospitals

    January 24, 2022
    Maryland’s 444th legislative session of the General Assembly has just begun, and already we can see that our top priorities are on the minds of legislators. As you know, each year we come together at the start of session to review the hospital and health system fieldwide priorities.
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  • Sounding the Alarm on Workforce

    January 18, 2022
    As Maryland’s 2022 legislative session gets underway, MHA is shining the spotlight on your achievements and the severe challenges you face in the seemingly never-ending pandemic. You’re treating more COVID-19 patients than ever before. You’re imploring the public to vaccinate, boost, mask, and more.
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  • Telling the Hospital COVID Story

    January 10, 2022
    Last Wednesday, 30 MHA members and staff came together for an event with Senate President Bill Ferguson. We shared a clear message: Hospitals need unprecedented levels of support to meet this moment. Operations have shifted drastically over the course of the pandemic due to meteoric staffing costs, volatile vacancy rates, and ever-fluctuating community needs.
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  • Sound the Alarm

    December 20, 2021
    As 2021 ends, there’s no room at the inn. COVID patients have more than doubled in the past month and hospital beds are full.
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  • Sounding the Alarm

    December 13, 2021
    This week your hospitals hit a historic, unprecedented, and unwanted milestone—less than 500 available staffed beds across the state. This is the lowest number since the beginning of the pandemic.
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  • 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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