Behavioral Health Advisory Group
MHA’s Behavioral Health Advisory Group includes hospital executives and clinical experts in mental health and substance use disorders. The advisory group identifies the state’s behavioral health needs and considers how hospitals might address them. Most recent work includes the Behavioral Health Advisory Group’s Roadmap to an Essential Comprehensive System of Behavioral Health Care for Maryland report.
Birth Outcomes Accountability Work Group
Physicians, hospital executives, academic, and other leaders in the maternal and child health field in Maryland come together in the Birth Outcomes Accountability Work Group to improve maternal health equity. The group reviews data, shares best practices and recommends strategies to address barriers to maternal health equity.
Health Care Payment Work Group
The Health Care Payment Work Group includes hospital finance leads, who meet regularly to consider policies and Health Services Cost Review actions that affect hospitals’ finances under the Total Cost of Care Model. The Work Group also is charged with making recommendations to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of hospital services and payments.
Health Equity Advisory Committee | Roster
The Health Equity Advisory Committee focuses on improving workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and increasing health equity for all Marylanders. The Committee will support fieldwide efforts to build cultural competency to deliver excellent patient care and address clinical inequalities contributing to outcome differences. They aim to understand and improve social determinants of health, hospital culture, communication with marginalized communities, and health policy.
Labor & Employment Work Group
The Labor & Employment Work Group is composed of government affairs, human resources, and legal leads who are focused on addressing labor issues that affect hospitals. The work group provides policy expertise on issues affecting employer matters. The group also informs MHA’s advocacy on efforts to proactively address workforce challenges and on efforts to defend against legislation that negatively impacts hospital operations and care.
Legislative Strategy Group
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.
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.
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.
Task Force on Maryland's Future Health Workforce | Roster
The Task Force on Maryland’s Future Health Workforce is composed of hospital executives, including clinical and human resource leaders. The Task Force is charged with setting the strategic vision and comprehensive strategy to facilitate a robust and sustainable health workforce. The group provides guidance on current and future challenges and trends impacting the hospital workforce and will make recommendations on needed policy change and best practices.
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.