MHA's Friday Update Messages

MHA Friday Update Weekly Messages

  • A Foundation for Success

    July 13, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    It’s been a noteworthy week for the Maryland Model, kicking off with a contract signing ceremony on Monday that featured Maryland’s top political dignitaries, along with CMS Administrator Seema Verma.​ “Transformation can’t stop at the hospital walls,” Verma said Monday with more than a dozen hospital executives looking on. “The objective is clear: The state will continue to bring all Medicare costs down while improving quality of care.”
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  • Maryland, Again, Is a Trailblazer

    July 06, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    On Monday, July 9, Maryland’s top leaders will join with their counterparts in the federal government for a signing ceremony in Annapolis to celebrate a new agreement that extends our state’s role as a national health care innovator.​
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  • Changing the Culture of Workplace Violence

    June 29, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    “Adversity acquaints us with our resources, our virtues, our armour and weapons, our spirit – and forces us to be stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche​ Yesterday, several hundred women and men who serve in Maryland’s hospitals left behind their usual, pressing duties to come together for a cause that touches us all: reducing workplace violence.
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  • A Rare Gem

    June 22, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    As you know, the federal authority for the Maryland health care financing model runs through the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). So, recent criticism of CMMI from federal budgeteers for producing “underwhelming” results, along with a proposed $800 million decrease to its $10 billion budget, would seem concerning. Instead, let’s view this as a cause for optimism in Maryland.
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  • The Power Within Us

    June 15, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    If there’s a common theme that the three featured speakers at this week’s annual MHA membership meeting shared, it’s this: each of us, both professionally and personally, has immense power to change people’s lives for the better.​
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  • The Values of Our Hospitals

    June 08, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    “In medicine, you are asked to open yourself to others’ lives and perspectives—to people as well as to circumstances you do not and perhaps will not understand.” – Dr. Atul Gawande ​ Last week, Dr. Atul Gawande delivered a commencement address to graduates of the U.C.L.A. Medical School.​ His message was straightforward and inspiring: hospitals are among the few places where one encounters the whole span of society. The special role of health care professionals is to recognize each patient, no matter what their circumstances, as having a common core of humanity – as being a person.​
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