MHA's Friday Update Messages

MHA Friday Update Weekly Messages

  • Care Transformation in Action

    July 14, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Each of you, as a hospital leader in Maryland, knows firsthand the challenges and rewards of transforming health care delivery. Spurred by the All-Payer Model demonstration, for nearly four years, your hospitals have led the charge in this arena – innovating, experimenting, and ultimately succeeding with novel strategies to control costs, improve outcomes, and care for whole communities.
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  • The Dog Days ...

    July 07, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    With the July 4 holiday just past and the dog days of summer approaching, the temperature may be heating up but nothing slows down in the world of health care. Here is a midsummer list of the important activities MHA is undertaking on your behalf that the heat cannot wilt: In Washington DC, we are working with our congressional delegation and the American Hospital Association to make sure our senators have everything they need to fight the bad health care bill that is working its way through the process – if process is still the correct word for what is going on.
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  • Senate Bill Would Hurt Maryland

    June 30, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    While a vote on the Senate’s health care bill – the Better Care Reconciliation Act – has been delayed, the fight to protect patients and communities is far from over. Analyses this week from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the American Hospital Association show that the bill would significantly impair the way Maryland’s hospitals care for their patients and communities, jeopardizing the All-Payer Model and the seismic care delivery transformation it has cultivated.
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  • Containing Costs for Consumers

    June 23, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    This week, the Maryland Insurance Administration held its public hearing on insurers’ requested premium rates for 2018 – requests that we believe are largely inaccurate and misleading.
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  • Commanders of Chaos

    June 16, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    That’s how I referred to Maryland’s hospital leaders in my remarks Tuesday at MHA’s Annual Membership Meeting. The reference came after we showed a very effective and touching American Hospital Association video featuring hospital employees talking about their “superpowers” on the front lines of care. The behavioral health crisis, questions surrounding coverage at the national level, and as many questions about the next phase of Maryland’s All-Payer Model, among other things, are making you Commanders of Chaos, and it is almost superhuman the way you are continuing to take care of people and communities in the face of such turmoil.
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  • Taking a Stand Against Violence

    June 09, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Kirsty Boden was 28 years old when she died on Saturday – a victim in the attack on London Bridge that claimed the lives of seven others and has left dozens still fighting for their lives in London hospitals. Kirsty was a nurse who worked at Guy’s Hospital, just a few hundred yards from the bridge. She died doing her duty, following her calling. A statement from her family: “As she ran toward danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life…Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.”
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