WEEKLY MESSAGE FROM MHA

  • 1,000 Days

    December 05, 2022
    We recently reached a milestone: 1,000 days since a Maryland hospital admitted our state’s first patient for COVID-19. Looking back on these past nearly three years, the immense toll of this pandemic—on our workforce, our hospitals, and the people we serve—has yet to be fully revealed. It may be some time before we understand the effects on everything from health equity and behavioral health to education and population health.
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  • Historic Election

    November 21, 2022
    While a few results are still being tallied, it’s clear Maryland had a historic election. The statewide elected office winners are the most diverse ever. They include: Maryland’s first Black Governor-elect Wes Moore; Lieutenant Governor-elect Aruna Miller, the first woman of color and first immigrant elected to statewide office in Maryland; Brooke Lierman as our state’s first female Comptroller; and Anthony Brown as our first Black Attorney General.
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  • Facing a “Triple-demic”

    November 07, 2022
    As we head into flu and respiratory illness season, already there are record numbers of patients overflowing emergency departments and pediatric ICUs. We’re likely to continue to feel the strain throughout the fall and winter, particularly if we see another cold-weather COVID spike. We aim to help you preserve limited resources and peoplepower for the sickest patients—those who truly need hospital care.
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  • Progress Toward Health Equity

    October 24, 2022
    Everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve optimal health—regardless of social, economic, or racial/ethnic differences. Yet, longstanding health disparities persist in Maryland and nationwide. MHA and Maryland hospitals and health systems committed to address these inequities. We are encouraged by promising efforts here—such as measures to help caregivers recognize and overcome implicit bias—and across the country.
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  • Pivotal Election

    October 10, 2022
    Your MHA team has been busy connecting with new and prospective elected officials, communicating the importance of hospitals, health systems, and their employees—who comprise the state’s largest private sector industry.
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  • Tackling Tough Topics: Your MHA Executive Committee

    September 26, 2022
    MHA’s Executive Committee came together recently for a two-day meeting to address the tough challenges Maryland hospitals are facing collectively.
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  • Caring for the Caregivers

    September 12, 2022
    This is a commitment we all share. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and September 17 is National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. This day of recognition is sadly necessary, because 400 physicians die by suicide each year, and shocking data show that physicians and nurses die by suicide at twice the rate of the general population.
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  • COVID Preparations for Fall

    August 29, 2022
    In Maryland, we’re welcoming fewer cases and fewer COVID inpatients than our neighboring states, the District, and the nation. But as fall approaches, we must be prepared. We typically see cases rise as people move indoors and, as happened over the past two years, new virus variants emerge.
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  • Better Together

    August 22, 2022
    Tuesday night we hosted dozens of hospital leaders at MHA headquarters for a rousing discussion about a potential new twist on Global Budget Revenue (seriously!). There were different perspectives along with many new faces in the room as CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and other top executives from all parts of the state came together to talk about the need for change, support, and fewer barriers. And, importantly, how we can do better for our communities under Maryland’s heavily regulated system.
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  • State of Maryland’s Health Care Workforce

    August 09, 2022
    Historic. Staggering. Unsustainable. These are just a few of the words Maryland hospital leaders use to describe workforce shortages that have worsened over the past two and a half years. A 2022 Global Data report, commissioned by MHA, predicts the shortage will grow worse. That data lines up with projections showing that, without intervention, openings could double or even triple by 2035.
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  • 988 Debuts; Is It Enough?

    July 25, 2022
    Last week the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline debuted. The line gives those with behavioral health and substance abuse issues an alternative to 911. In Maryland there are eight coordinating centers with counselors to connect callers to the right setting—whether it be a safe station, a crisis or mental health center, or urgent care. Though the hotline comes with $400 million nationwide in federal support to enhance mental health services and crisis centers, we know more needs to be done.
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  • B.I.R.T.H Equity Maryland

    July 11, 2022
    Nationwide, Black mothers are twice as likely as others to suffer pregnancy complications and three to four times more likely to die as a result. Maryland is no exception. And with our population being 32% Black (versus 12.5% for the U.S.) the adverse impact is more pronounced here.
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  • Caring4Md, Voting4Md

    June 27, 2022
    Through our Caring4Md, Voting4Md effort, MHA—for the first time—hosted virtual forums for hospital leaders to meet and question five leading candidates for governor.
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  • MHA Annual Meeting Recap

    June 22, 2022
    Last week, more than 150 hospital and health system leaders gathered in Baltimore for MHA’s Annual Membership Meeting—our first since 2019.
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  • Relief and Recovery

    June 13, 2022
    The Health Services Cost Review Commission’s (HSCRC) move Wednesday to raise per capita revenue by 3.38% is welcome news as Maryland hospitals reset from the pandemic and cope with workforce challenges and cost inflation.
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  • Mental Health Crisis

    June 06, 2022
    A children’s mental health crisis was building before the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now reached emergency proportions—a “tsunami,” according to Brad Schlaggar, CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute.
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  • New Equity and Diversity Collaborative

    May 23, 2022
    In the summer of 2020, each of your hospitals and health systems signed on to MHA’s fieldwide commitment to racial equity. Since that time, your organizations have been hard at work improving diversity, equity, and inclusion. You have built-in new ways to address social determinants of health and improve the health of your patients, communities, and employees.
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  • Get Out the Vote

    May 16, 2022
    This year, for the first time in a century, contests for Maryland’s four statewide constitutional offices—governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and comptroller—will not have any incumbents on the ballot. Plus, 15% of state senators and 20% of delegates will not run for re-election.
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  • Retreat and Reset

    May 09, 2022
    As COVID-19 seems to have lost a bit of steam, the concerns left in its wake are real and need to be addressed – particularly financial matters and the workforce shortage. The reality is that one out of every four nursing positions in the state is open. At the same time, 57% of hospitals in Maryland had negative margins to date in rate year 2022. If you take out the one-time federal pandemic funding, we are looking at significant losses at every hospital in the state.
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  • Hospital Presidents Meet

    May 02, 2022
    Last Wednesday, 30 hospital and health system presidents joined together at the first member meeting held at MHA’s office in Elkridge in more than two years. We joined together to talk about Maryland Model design innovations, financial policies, legislative successes, and the ongoing review of Association governance.
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