Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Changing the Culture of Workplace Violence

    June 29, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    “Adversity acquaints us with our resources, our virtues, our armour and weapons, our spirit – and forces us to be stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche​ Yesterday, several hundred women and men who serve in Maryland’s hospitals left behind their usual, pressing duties to come together for a cause that touches us all: reducing workplace violence.
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  • A Rare Gem

    June 22, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    As you know, the federal authority for the Maryland health care financing model runs through the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). So, recent criticism of CMMI from federal budgeteers for producing “underwhelming” results, along with a proposed $800 million decrease to its $10 billion budget, would seem concerning. Instead, let’s view this as a cause for optimism in Maryland.
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  • The Power Within Us

    June 15, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    If there’s a common theme that the three featured speakers at this week’s annual MHA membership meeting shared, it’s this: each of us, both professionally and personally, has immense power to change people’s lives for the better.​
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  • The Values of Our Hospitals

    June 08, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    “In medicine, you are asked to open yourself to others’ lives and perspectives—to people as well as to circumstances you do not and perhaps will not understand.” – Dr. Atul Gawande ​ Last week, Dr. Atul Gawande delivered a commencement address to graduates of the U.C.L.A. Medical School.​ His message was straightforward and inspiring: hospitals are among the few places where one encounters the whole span of society. The special role of health care professionals is to recognize each patient, no matter what their circumstances, as having a common core of humanity – as being a person.​
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  • Patient Partners

    June 01, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    “Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life to the very end.” – Dr. Atul Gawande For the past five years, Maryland’s hospitals have upended the traditional definition of what it means to be a hospital. You’ve brought proactive care to people’s neighborhoods, homes, and families. You’ve become not only a safety net for when people are injured or ill, but also a driving force to keep them healthy in the first place.
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  • Another Case for Health Equity

    May 25, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    Earlier this week, MHA hosted the latest in our series of conversations about how to reduce health disparities in Maryland. For the two dozen attendees charged with this task at hospitals across the state, the focus was how to elevate the pursuit of health equity in the face of budget limitations. MHA presented a framework to begin thinking about how to capture the financial benefit of reducing health disparities in our communities.​
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