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.
Certificate of Need (CON) Work Group - No Longer Meeting
A review and update to the state health plan and CON process was mandated by the Maryland General Assembly in 2017. The CON Work Group led an internal member review of issues to present and positions to take before the Maryland Health Care Commission’s (MHCC) work group.
Continuing Care Work Group
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.
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.
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.
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.