Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Synergies Between Health and Education

    December 03, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    A child who misses school due to a parent’s inability to get her to the doctor may fall behind in learning. A hungry child cannot pay full attention in his class. And the effects of insecure housing or at-home trauma most definitely spill over into school performance. The evidence is clear. There is a direct two-way link between children’s health and educational attainment, from pre-K through high school and beyond.
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  • Giving Thanks

    November 26, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    Thanksgiving is, of course, a time to reflect on what we all are thankful for – family, friends, our health, meaningful work, and more. This year, as I gathered with my family, I was mindful – and thankful – that there are so many hard working doctors, nurses, and other caregivers in our hospitals and medical centers day and night – including holidays – to ensure that every Marylander who needs care can get it.
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  • Support 340B Programs for Vulnerable Populations

    November 19, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    Caring for the most vulnerable among us is at the heart of our mission each day in Maryland’s hospitals. The federal 340B drug pricing program supports that mission by allowing about half of our hospitals to purchase outpatient drugs at discounted rates. Hospitals can reinvest savings to reduce avoidable utilization and improve outcomes for our patients.
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  • New Faces, New Opportunities

    November 12, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    Last Tuesday’s midterm elections have shaken up the political landscape – both nationally and here in Maryland. At the federal level, Democrats regained control of the United States House of Representatives for the first time in almost a decade, with health care at the top of the Democratic congressional campaign platform this year.
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  • Care Is Blind, Safety Is Paramount

    November 05, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    For the Jewish doctors and nurses at Allegheny General Hospital, the fact that their patient was accused of mass murder at a nearby Pittsburgh synagogue did not alter their treatment. That he continued to spew anti-Semitic vitriol did not change the care they rendered. Neither did the fact that among his victims were their family, friends, or neighbors.
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  • Exceeding (Very High) Expectations

    October 26, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    It’s no secret that health care, particularly hospital care, is ripe for disruption. Why else would giants like Amazon, Google, and CVS be diving into clinical practices with both feet?
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