Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • The Differential Makes a Difference

    August 24, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    It’s just 20 weeks until the launch of Maryland’s new hospital payment model. The Health Services Cost Review Commission is considering an important proposal that will help to get the model off on the right foot. The proposal is meant to adjust for the growing bad debt hospitals are seeing from commercially insured patients, the effect of which has been to shift costs onto Medicare and Medicaid.
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  • Summer Doldrums? No Way!

    August 17, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    You know all too well that our communities’ needs for health care don’t take the summer off. Maybe it’s not flu season just now, and perhaps fewer elective procedures are scheduled. But for the most part, the beat goes on. You are there for the people who need you … 24/7/52.​
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  • 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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