Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Collective Action, Unified Message

    November 18, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    The other day we got a preview of the headwinds the hospital field can expect to face when the Maryland General Assembly session opens in seven weeks. MHA participated in a Senate committee briefing on facility fees. At the briefing, MHA highlighted our field’s proactive effort to improve transparency for patients.
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  • Disaster Preparedness

    November 13, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    You may have watched in recent weeks as California residents fled their homes while flames from wildfires inched closer and hospitals faced the daunting task of swiftly evacuating all their patients.
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  • Exemplifying Team Power: The Nats!

    November 05, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Like many of you, I spent much of October staying up past my bedtime, bingeing on ice cream, and shouting at the TV—all while watching the Washington Nationals in inning after inning of nail-biting baseball. Fortunately, the elevated stress paid off. And, even if they hadn’t won the final game, it would’ve been worth it.
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  • Seismic Change in Annapolis

    October 28, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Maryland Senate President Mike Miller’s recent announcement that he will step down from the leadership position he held for 33 years marks a seismic change for the chamber. Though Miller intends to remain a senator, his absence at the dais will be felt in Annapolis.
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  • The State’s New Diabetes Action Plan: Potential Implications for Hospitals

    October 22, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Recently the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) released a new Diabetes Action Plan that aims to create conditions conducive to better health and reduce the impact of diabetes on Marylanders. MDH understands the plan will require an “all in” effort from a wide variety of actors, including state and local policymakers, payers, employers, school boards and administrators, community groups and others.
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  • Push For Price Transparency

    October 14, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    A groundswell of support is forming at the state and national levels to make hospital billing more understandable and transparent for our patients. Feeding that push are nearly daily headlines about patients who received bills that exceeded their expectations, people who were confused after receiving two bills for what looked like the same service, and hospitals’ efforts, legitimate as they may be, to collect on unpaid debts.
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