Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Elevating the Pursuit of Equitable Health Outcomes

    August 10, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    Earlier this week, the Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities announced a new focus on strengthening its partnership with Maryland Medicaid, a strategy designed to boost enrollment and expand access to coverage and care.
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  • Affordable Coverage = Accessible Care

    August 03, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    Since the inception of the All-Payer Model in 2014, Maryland’s hospitals have demonstrated to the nation that it is possible to hold down health care cost growth and improve quality at the same time. Next January, under the new Total Cost of Care Model, Maryland’s bold experiment will expand to encompass not only hospital services but services of non-hospital providers, ranging from physicians to skilled nursing facilities. Of significance, our hospitals will have more potent incentives to work with care partners to mitigate chronic illnesses, like diabetes, for whole communities.
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  • Spotlight on Rising Drug Prices

    July 27, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    As Maryland’s hospitals begin in earnest their preparations to rein in health care costs ahead of the inception of the Total Cost of Care Model, there’s one factor that has long escaped any meaningful constraints: drug prices.
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  • The Value of Transparency

    July 20, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    During June’s American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board meeting, one of the hot topics was price transparency, a burgeoning nationwide push by regulators, legislators, payers, and providers to empower health care consumers so they can make better-informed decisions about their care.
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  • A Foundation for Success

    July 13, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    It’s been a noteworthy week for the Maryland Model, kicking off with a contract signing ceremony on Monday that featured Maryland’s top political dignitaries, along with CMS Administrator Seema Verma.​ “Transformation can’t stop at the hospital walls,” Verma said Monday with more than a dozen hospital executives looking on. “The objective is clear: The state will continue to bring all Medicare costs down while improving quality of care.”
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  • Maryland, Again, Is a Trailblazer

    July 06, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    On Monday, July 9, Maryland’s top leaders will join with their counterparts in the federal government for a signing ceremony in Annapolis to celebrate a new agreement that extends our state’s role as a national health care innovator.​
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