Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Containing Costs for Consumers

    June 23, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    This week, the Maryland Insurance Administration held its public hearing on insurers’ requested premium rates for 2018 – requests that we believe are largely inaccurate and misleading.
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  • Commanders of Chaos

    June 16, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    That’s how I referred to Maryland’s hospital leaders in my remarks Tuesday at MHA’s Annual Membership Meeting. The reference came after we showed a very effective and touching American Hospital Association video featuring hospital employees talking about their “superpowers” on the front lines of care. The behavioral health crisis, questions surrounding coverage at the national level, and as many questions about the next phase of Maryland’s All-Payer Model, among other things, are making you Commanders of Chaos, and it is almost superhuman the way you are continuing to take care of people and communities in the face of such turmoil.
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  • Taking a Stand Against Violence

    June 09, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Kirsty Boden was 28 years old when she died on Saturday – a victim in the attack on London Bridge that claimed the lives of seven others and has left dozens still fighting for their lives in London hospitals. Kirsty was a nurse who worked at Guy’s Hospital, just a few hundred yards from the bridge. She died doing her duty, following her calling. A statement from her family: “As she ran toward danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life…Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.”
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  • Great Teams Need Support

    June 02, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    Just over a year ago, Maryland became the first state in the country to achieve 100 percent hospital participation in the national Equity of Care pledge to reduce disparities in the health of minority populations. Since then, a few things have become clear: the work is not easy (but what good work is?); it will take a long time to create meaningful change; and there will be inspiring leaps forward and disappointing setbacks during the journey.​
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  • It’s All About Coverage

    May 26, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    This week’s report by the Congressional Budget Office scoring the revised American Health Care Act does not demonstrate any remedy to the core problem the original proposal would have created, namely that 23 million more Americans would lose health insurance by 2026 (a reduction of 1 million from the previous version). In addition, the $300 billion cut from hospitals to help fund Affordable Care Act coverage expansion would not be restored.​
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  • See You Soon

    May 19, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle
    MHA’s Annual Membership Meeting is less than a month away, and already close to 100 of your colleagues have registered. We’re hoping you’ll join us in Baltimore as well, to take time to reflect on your accomplishments, assess Maryland’s – and the nation’s – health care landscape, and spend some quality time with your peers.​
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