Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • 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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  • What Does the New Model Delay Mean?

    January 12, 2018 By: Your MHA Team
    Earlier this week, the state announced a one-year extension for Maryland’s All-Payer Model contract, through December 31, 2019. The extension provides the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services more time to understand the model and its next phase, as well as additional time for a new health secretary to be installed prior to approval.
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  • Gearing Up for the 2018 Legislative Session

    January 05, 2018 By: Your MHA Team
    Next week marks the start of the 438th session of the Maryland General Assembly, and this year’s gubernatorial election is expected to factor heavily into lawmakers’ decisions over the next three months. Put another way, this session is expected to be dominated far more by politics than policies. Still, hospitals have much to fight for in 2018, including the field’s top three priorities.
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