• New Phase Begins in COVID Crisis

    May 18, 2020 By: Bob Atlas
    It seems Maryland reached the peak in COVID-19 hospitalizations about a week ago. This was welcome news that Gov. Larry Hogan capped off this week by lifting our state’s stay-at-home order and replacing it, effective yesterday, with a “safer at home public health advisory.”
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  • #HeartsforHealthcareWorkers

    May 11, 2020 By: Bob Atlas
    Since the start of the COVID-19 emergency, we’ve seen people world over—and here in Maryland—find unique and heartwarming ways to show support and appreciation for hospital workers. They’ve donated precious protective gear, delivered meals and goodies, and posted messages of thanks on your campuses and online for your health care heroes.
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  • Maryland Hospitals: Safe. Ready. Waiting.

    May 04, 2020 By: Bob Atlas
    As your hospitals shore up supplies and staff to care for the surge of COVID-19 patients, you’re also seeing a remarkable decline in other patients—those with emergency care needs. Rightly, much of our attention is focused on responding to this public health emergency and making sure you have the resources in place to deliver life-saving care. Yet, it’s important also to understand why Marylanders are avoiding emergency departments. Incredibly, some hospitals report seeing half or even less of the volume they did pre-COVID in their EDs.
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  • Home of Inventiveness

    April 27, 2020
    This public health emergency has challenged all our organizations—and us personally and professionally—in so many ways. Yet, your hospitals and systems are rising to the challenge. Since the first cases emerged in Maryland, the stories of your inventiveness have been inspiring.
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  • When Will We Reopen?

    April 20, 2020 By: Bob Atlas
    This week the White House issued guidelines for “Opening Up America Again.” And Governor Hogan announced Maryland “is now in a position to plan the gradual rollout of the state’s recovery phase.” He laid out four building blocks: (1) Expanding testing capacity, (2) Increasing hospital surge capacity, (3) Ramping up supply of PPE, (4) Building a robust contact tracing operation.
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  • Humanity During Crisis

    April 06, 2020 By: Bob Atlas
    In the toughest of times, we often see the best of humanity. That has been true during past crises and it is now. Health care workers are stepping up to the front lines of this public health emergency—as they always do—more than earning the moniker of health care heroes. Communities are showing great support for them, with local businesses volunteering resources and our citizens donating their time, talents, and precious protective gear to your efforts to keep Maryland—and your workforce—safe.
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  • The Playbook: Trust

    March 30, 2020
    So many are saying there’s no playbook for what we’re going through right now. You know better. You’re working nonstop according to the health emergency protocols that were prepared for situations of this sort. What you’re battling most are challenges created outside your control, like the faulty supply chain of PPE and testing materials and ventilators.
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  • Leading During Crisis

    March 23, 2020
    You know this. The events of the past week were unimaginable just a short time ago. The rapid spike in cases of COVID-19 around the country and here in Maryland is challenging us all like never before.
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  • Next Phase in Coronavirus Response

    March 16, 2020
    This is a grave moment. The coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak is escalating. Fortunately, so is Maryland’s response to it. Hospitals are out front, working well with partners to protect the health of Marylanders. Gov. Larry Hogan’s bold decision to close schools, along with other measures to limit social contacts, has wide-ranging effects on our hospitals, our communities, and our lives. But it’s the right thing to do. We expect to hear even more from him mid-day Monday.
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  • Taking on Coronavirus in Maryland

    March 09, 2020
    The situation regarding coronavirus/COVID-19 is evolving at a fast pace. As of Sunday evening, the number of confirmed cases in Maryland remains just a handful, and it appears that all those patients acquired their illnesses on foreign travel. But a number of new cases have been reported in neighboring areas. We need to prepare for community spread. Your hospitals are clearly on the front lines, already being called and visited by people who believe they have symptoms and want to be tested or treated. This all needs to be managed.
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  • Mid-Session Reflection

    March 02, 2020 By: Bob Atlas
    A longtime Annapolis insider recently remarked that in nearly three decades of experience, he’s never seen so many bills aimed at hospitals.​ They’re challenging us on how we run our hospitals, care for and bill our patients, and deliver community benefit. The narrative is often negative—and often far off base. Opponents misconstrue data to deliver an unflattering blow to our field.​
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  • In Search of the Right Care

    February 25, 2020 By: Bob Atlas
    Hospitals in Maryland deliver care to every person who comes through their doors. But it seems for some of our patients, those doors only swing in one direction. A recent National Public Radio piece on this issue caught my attention. It points out dozens of children in Maryland’s foster care system are languishing in hospitals when they no longer need hospital-level care. Sadly, we often face barriers transitioning young patients – particularly those with behavioral health concerns—to facilities or community-based services better suited to their needs.
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  • Keeping Caregivers Safe

    February 18, 2020 By: Bob Atlas
    You work every day to provide a safe and happy setting for patients to get great care. Yet sometimes violence erupts, often directed at caregivers in the hospital. Stemming violence against caregivers is a priority for hospital and health system leaders. In collaboration with the Maryland Nurses Association, MHA compiled best practices and resources and we’ve been in touch with your teams to connect them with state’s attorney liaisons in each county.
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  • Turning Tables on Consumer Cost Exposure

    February 07, 2020 By: Bob Atlas
    Hospital billing and collection practices are in the news a lot lately, often misinformed and sensational. Maryland legislators are paying attention. Legislative action is coming this General Assembly session on hospitals’ cost transparency, financial assistance policies, and account collection practices.
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  • A Model for the Nation

    January 31, 2020 By: Bob Atlas
    Maryland’s hospitals and health systems are getting it right. More validation keeps rolling in. The message is resonating in Annapolis, where it really counts.
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  • Caring For Ourselves So We Can Care For Others

    January 26, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    It’s likely by now, nearly four weeks into 2020, that many of us already have given up on our New Year’s resolutions. Those well-intentioned goals to eat better, work out more and invest more time and energy into our physical and mental well-being already have been replaced by stresses at work and home that make these new habits seem impossible to form.
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  • Hospitals on Front Lines of Human Trafficking Crisis

    January 20, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Fact: victims of human trafficking are seen in our hospitals and other sites of care every day. Your caregivers are on the front lines of this crisis. Studies show with certainty that survivors of trafficking are likely to have contact with the health care system during their abuse.
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  • Success, By the Numbers

    January 20, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Maryland hospitals have delivered wins under the All-Payer Model (2014-18) and the new Total Cost of Care Model contract with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). In addition to managing spending, we’ve grown savings while decreasing cumulative and year-to-date spending growth for Medicare beneficiaries.
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  • Caring For Maryland

    January 20, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Hospitals today face unprecedented challenges, seemingly from all sides. As we aim for better health for Marylanders, we encounter obstacles to building our workforce, upgrading our facilities, and strengthening our bonds with the communities we serve.
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  • Looking to the ‘20s

    December 26, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    As we enter the holiday time and reflect on the year now ending, it’s striking how many challenges the Maryland hospital field faced and what you’ve accomplished. The new Total Cost of Care Model launched and you blew through the first year’s savings target. You built upon quality achievements from the previous model of lower readmissions and 30-day mortality.
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