Making Care Better, Safer and Less Costly
Hospitals need action to ensure that health care spending is not diverted from patient care and that health care planning and state budget action is aligned with the goals of with Maryland’s unique and innovative health care model. To accomplish this, the state must:
- Fill critical provider shortages in high-need areas by streamlining and fully funding the state loan repayment program
- Enact medical liability reform and protect access to essential services by raising evidentiary standards, ensuring patients are compensated fairly and allowing courts to limit attorneys’ contingency fees
- Provide promised reductions to the Medicaid Deficit Assessment
- Ease our behavioral health crisis by removing restrictions to access for appropriate levels of care and fully funding Maryland’s two Institutions for Mental Diseases
These priorities will guide us as we consider legislation that supports hospitals’ mission of care. The people and communities we serve rely on us to be there when they need us, and our advocacy will be carried out with that in mind.