Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Caring For Ourselves So We Can Care For Others

    January 26, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    It’s likely by now, nearly four weeks into 2020, that many of us already have given up on our New Year’s resolutions. Those well-intentioned goals to eat better, work out more and invest more time and energy into our physical and mental well-being already have been replaced by stresses at work and home that make these new habits seem impossible to form.
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  • Hospitals on Front Lines of Human Trafficking Crisis

    January 20, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Fact: victims of human trafficking are seen in our hospitals and other sites of care every day. Your caregivers are on the front lines of this crisis. Studies show with certainty that survivors of trafficking are likely to have contact with the health care system during their abuse.
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  • Success, By the Numbers

    January 20, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Maryland hospitals have delivered wins under the All-Payer Model (2014-18) and the new Total Cost of Care Model contract with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). In addition to managing spending, we’ve grown savings while decreasing cumulative and year-to-date spending growth for Medicare beneficiaries.
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  • Caring For Maryland

    January 20, 2020 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Hospitals today face unprecedented challenges, seemingly from all sides. As we aim for better health for Marylanders, we encounter obstacles to building our workforce, upgrading our facilities, and strengthening our bonds with the communities we serve.
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  • Looking to the ‘20s

    December 26, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    As we enter the holiday time and reflect on the year now ending, it’s striking how many challenges the Maryland hospital field faced and what you’ve accomplished. The new Total Cost of Care Model launched and you blew through the first year’s savings target. You built upon quality achievements from the previous model of lower readmissions and 30-day mortality.
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  • Hospitals Serve as Safety Net for Behavioral Health Patients

    December 26, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    As hospitals across the country face criticism for long emergency department wait times, the dearth of community-based behavioral health resources must be flagged as a significant cause. Many of your hospitals contend with behavioral health patients who simply have nowhere else to go—both at onset of an episode and when ready for discharge—due to lack of capacity in more appropriate care settings.
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