This week, MHA’s Government Affairs team asked hospital CEOs for their help in completing a survey to gather data on medical malpractice trends at Maryland’s hospitals.
This request is about much more than a survey, however. It’s about equipping MHA with the tools we need to be an effective advocate in Annapolis.
The 2019 General Assembly session promises to be a challenging one, with significant shakeups in leadership and in the composition of key committees, as well as a slew of wholly new legislators. That means we have real opportunities to educate and influence those who have the power to effect change on issues that are important to hospitals.
Medical liability has always been difficult, given the emotional weight its stories carry and the highly sympathetic people who testify before relevant committees. By quantifying the frequency and severity of specific types of cases, you can help demonstrate the impact that Maryland’s liability climate has on physician retention, access to care, and cost growth.
In other words, we want to make anecdotes actionable.
As you know, success in Annapolis is more important than ever given that the Total Cost of Care model. Far-reaching actions, such as legislation to mitigate Maryland’s unfavorable medical liability climate, are key to holding costs in check at a system level.
Thank you in advance for your help with the survey and on other key issues as we prepare for the coming General Assembly session.