A Model for the Nation

January 31, 2020 By: Bob Atlas

Maryland Hospitals A Model for the Nation

Maryland’s hospitals and health systems are getting it right. More validation keeps rolling in. The message is resonating in Annapolis, where it really counts.

Last week I briefed the House Health and Government Operations Committee on the Maryland Model, alongside representatives of HSCRC and the Maryland Primary Care Program. There, I touched on our progress and showcased the great care your organizations deliver every day.

I also pointed to a recent Vox article, “The answer to America’s health care cost problem might be in Maryland,” which featured some of your hospitals.

That piece and its underlying message—our global hospital budget system is working—resonated with legislators, including some who shared the article with their followers online (depicted above).

This piece follows a positive evaluation of the Maryland All-Payer Model by RTI International. During a January webinar on the findings, evaluators pointed out that Maryland met its goals by transforming care—setting us apart from our counterparts nationwide.

The Healthcare Affordability State Policy Scorecard released by Altarum Healthcare Value Hub, ranked Maryland one of two top states in health care affordability outcomes and policy efforts. Legislators clearly like hearing about our success. But they do also express concerns about some reports on quality and patient satisfaction. MHA staff, in partnership with your own representatives, steadily assure them you’re listening and working hard to deliver peak performance.

With your continued efforts, creativity and problem-solving, we know we’ll have many more positive stories to tell.

Bob Atlas
President & CEO