Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • 2017: A Year of Change and Progress

    December 15, 2017 By: Mary Pat Seurkamp
    As you well know, the past year has been tumultuous for health care.​ At the national level, a fierce debate over the Affordable Care Act came down to a simple question for hospitals: how would any change affect your ability to care for patients and communities? At the state level, Maryland’s hospitals continued to be on the leading edge of the transformation from volume to value all while working with the state on the next iteration of the state’s unique hospital payment system, efforts that are expected to soon bear fruit in the form of a new contract with CMS. And closer to home, your Maryland Hospital Association said farewell to Carmela Coyle, who served as president and CEO for nine years.​
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  • Emergency Preparedness is Community Preparedness

    December 08, 2017 By: Your MHA Team
    Hurricane Harvey, Houston.​ Hurricane Irma, Florida.​ Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico.​ These are just a few of the 17 named storms in the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, making it the fifth most active on record. And each time, hospitals have been at the forefront of recovery and response.
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  • ICE and Hospitals

    December 01, 2017 By: Your MHA Team
    The number one goal and responsibility of every hospital is to take care of people. That means getting patients the care they need when they need it and, according to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, in the emergency department that means screening and stabilization every patient who comes through those doors. Recently, the spotlight has been placed on incidents in other states in which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement entered hospitals in search of a patient. In one case, an undocumented 10-year-old girl in Texas who was being transferred to one hospital to another in an ambulance was detained by ICE agents.​
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  • With Deep Appreciation

    November 17, 2017 By: Mary Pat Keurkamp
    As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday, our thoughts naturally turn toward all the things in life for which we are grateful: family, friends, work, health, love, laughter. And when we express gratitude for these gifts, we also contemplate their potential loss.​ What would life be like without our friends? Without our meaningful work? Without our health?​
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  • A Threat to Hospitals’ Charitable Purpose

    November 10, 2017 By: Your MHA Team
    With the public release last week of a federal tax reform package, and its passage Thursday by the House Ways and Means Committee, Maryland’s hospitals face the possibility of losing an important means of raising money for critical infrastructure projects that support their mission of care.
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  • Coverage Remains Key

    November 03, 2017 By: Your MHA Team
    For the millions of Americans who have health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, and the millions more who still need coverage, the past six months have felt a bit like a yo-yo. First, Congress was going to repeal Obamacare, then it was going to replace it, then it was going to fix it.
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