MHA Work Groups and Task Forces

Behavioral Health Task Force

MHA’s Behavioral Health Task Force includes hospital executives and clinical experts in mental health and substance use disorders. The task force identifies the state’s behavioral health needs and considers how hospitals might address them. Most recent work includes the Behavioral Health Task Force’s Roadmap to an Essential Comprehensive System of Behavioral Health Care for Maryland report.

Continuing Care Work Group | Roster

The Continuing Care Work Group was established under the guidance of the Council on Clinical & Quality Issues. The work group, which meets monthly, is made up of hospitals and post-acute care providers that are on the forefront of redesigning care delivery. The group’s charge includes: guiding MHA’s support of members’ post-acute care strategies through tools; identifying best practices and opportunities for scalability; and developing recommendations for the Council on Clinical & Quality Issues to inform statewide transformation efforts around continuing care. All recommendations are shared with the Council on Clinical & Quality Issues to ensure field-wide support for recommendations.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Group | Roster

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Group focuses on improving workforce diversity, inclusion, and advancement opportunities for underrepresented groups in Maryland hospitals and health systems, particularly within leadership and governance positions.  With an aim to build an inclusive workplace culture that fosters employee engagement, development, promotion and retention, DEI seeks to give all hospital and health system employees equal access to opportunities and to remove common barriers. The advisory group also supports fieldwide efforts to build a cultural competency skill set to deliver excellent patient care to all patients and families and improve employee teamwork.

Health Equity Task Force | Roster

The Health Equity Task Force formed to guide and support the hospital field’s efforts to reduce health disparities and increase health equity for all Marylanders. The task force is focused on addressing clinical inequalities that can contribute to differences in outcomes. They aim to understand and improve social determinants of health, hospital culture, communication with marginalized communities, and health policy.

Legislative Strategy Group | Roster

The Legislative Strategy Group is composed of government affair leads that are engaged in advocacy efforts in Annapolis. This group meets monthly during the interim and weekly during the legislative session. This group is critical to strategy development on a myriad of issues affecting the hospital field. As such, this group works closely with the Council on Legislative & Regulatory Policy.

Legislative Work Group

The Legislative Work Group is composed of government affair leads and meets by conference call biweekly during the legislative session. MHA staff use this group to provide updates on pertinent legislation and to solicit feedback on MHA’s position on selected bills.

Medicare Performance Adjustment (MPA) Work Group

The MPA work group was formed to provide hospital field input on the development and refinement of HSCRC’s Medicare Performance Adjustment policy. While there are no appointed members, participants include hospital representatives with responsibility for population health, finance, clinical integration and related areas. In addition to the MPA policy, the work group discusses related MPA implementation and management topics such as CRISP MPA data monitoring reports.

Reimbursement & Payer Alignment Work Group

The Reimbursement & Payer Alignment Work Group focuses on hospital payment and alignment with payers to benefit patients. The group also will work to develop field consensus and positions on various proposals that would alter hospital billing practices and address the issue of payer administrative practices.

Stakeholder Innovation Group (SIG)

The Maryland Department of Health has encouraged the formation of a multi-stakeholder-led group to ensure the goals of the new Total Cost of Care Model will be achieved. MHA is leading this effort to convene a Stakeholder Innovation Group (SIG) and work with our state partners to influence the broader innovation strategy. The SIG members — physicians, hospitals, post-acute and behavioral health providers, payers and consumer groups —will provide recommendations to the Secretary of Health and state agency partners on opportunities to sustain and spread health care delivery transformation by: developing the framework that will be used to inventory Maryland’s current transformation efforts and identify high-opportunity strategies in support of population health and goals of the Maryland Model. These recommendations will include new payment models and programs that require federal approval as well as opportunities to disseminate proven models and programs that will support the goals of the Maryland Model.

Technical Work Group

The Technical Work Group includes member hospital financial, technical, and clinical experts, who typically meet monthly following the HSCRC's meeting to consider many of the more technical HSCRC payment policies being developed or updated. They provide support to the council as it considers either support for, or alternatives to, hospital payment policies drafted by HSCRC staff.