Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Legislative Session Hits Its Midpoint

    February 23, 2018 By: Your MHA Team
    This week marks the midpoint of the 90-day 2018 General Assembly legislative session. A flurry of legislation has come to Annapolis, including items related to hospitals' top three priorities: the hospital "sick" tax, behavioral health, and medical liability.​ Gov. Hogan has included the agreed-upon $25 million spend-down of the hospital sick tax in his proposed budget, a measure that will help reduce the financial burden on hospital patients. MHA is working closely with the House and Senate to protect the governor's reduction and look for opportunities to increase that amount. If the $25 million remains, the sick tax would be reduced for the coming fiscal year to $339 million.​
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  • The Innovation Foundation

    February 16, 2018 By: Your MHA Team
    At its heart, Maryland’s current All-Payer Model – and its next iteration – are about the fundamental transformation of health care delivery. They are testing, on a statewide scale, whether health care can not only make the tectonic shift from volume to value, but survive and thrive while keeping patients and communities healthier than ever.​
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  • A Roadmap for Behavioral Health

    February 09, 2018 By: Your MHA Team
    The most recent data on fatal overdoses in Maryland, released at the end of January, offer at least one positive sign: the total number of heroin-related and prescription opioid-related deaths shows a slight drop. Through the third quarter of 2017, the number of heroin-related deaths fell by 56 and the number of prescription opioid-related deaths fell by 11, compared to the same period in 2016.
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  • Using Data to Drive Down Disparities

    February 02, 2018 By: Your MHA Team
    Last month, MHA shared with hospital CEOs and other hospital leaders tasked with reducing health disparities the most recent data on how each hospital fared over the past year. The measures, stratified by race, gender, age, ethnicity and language are: inpatient admissions, readmissions, mortality, and infections.
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  • Reducing ED Wait Times

    January 26, 2018 By: Your MHA Team
    Culture change and accountability.​ Appropriate options for non-emergent patients.​ New departmental roles and collaboration, laser- focused on improved emergency department wait times.​ These are just some examples of the innovations that are driving reduced wait times in Maryland’s hospitals, and in turn directing patients to the right care, at the right time, in the right setting. At MHA’s ED Throughput Redesign Summit yesterday, speakers from Anne Arundel Medical Center, MedStar Health and the University of Maryland Medical Center shared these and other strategies with nearly 100 representatives from hospitals throughout the state.
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  • A Nick to the Sick Tax

    January 19, 2018 By: Your MHA Team
    On Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan released the fiscal 2019 budget for Maryland. In it, he calls for a $25 million reduction in the hospital Medicaid ‘sick tax.’ This comes a year after the governor hit pause on the $25 million annual spend-down to which he had committed earlier in his term. Well ahead of the budget release, the hospital field made clear in a letter signed by all acute care hospital CEOs to Gov. Hogan that reducing the tax is the field’s top priority. Not only does the reduction help hospitals meet the goals of the All-Payer Model, it also lessens a longstanding burden on patients.​
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