Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Push For Price Transparency

    October 14, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    A groundswell of support is forming at the state and national levels to make hospital billing more understandable and transparent for our patients. Feeding that push are nearly daily headlines about patients who received bills that exceeded their expectations, people who were confused after receiving two bills for what looked like the same service, and hospitals’ efforts, legitimate as they may be, to collect on unpaid debts.
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  • Blue Skies Ahead?

    October 07, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    To best position Maryland hospitals and health systems for the future, partnering with state and local agencies is key. To that end, MHA participates in a group Secretary of Health Robert Neall convenes to help ensure the Maryland Model reaches its aims of better care and better health.
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  • Working as One, Moving as One

    October 01, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Your hospitals compose the Maryland Hospital Association, and in turn, the association is the hospitals. Your needs, concerns and direction drive our work. And, thus MHA’s success is yours.
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  • Increasing Impact

    September 23, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    To best support your needs, MHA must constantly balance the demand to address current issues while anticipating opportunities and challenges to come. Last Thursday and Friday, MHA’s Executive Committee of the Board met to ponder the issues shaping health care in Maryland over the next decade.
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  • CMS Demands Value

    September 16, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Last week AHA held a biennial national meeting of all nine Regional Policy Boards. CMS Administrator Seema Verma spoke on the final day, delivering strong words on the federal government’s push toward value-based payment. “We must move past the status quo, and past a fee-for-service payments to a system in which we’re paying providers to keep people healthy, reduce costs and deliver better outcomes,” she noted.
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  • No Surprises on Surprise Billing

    September 10, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    A bipartisan effort to address surprise medical bills is expected to be among lawmakers’ top priorities when Congress returns this week from August recess. MHA is engaged on the issue —including the House’s No Surprises Act and Senate’s Lower Health Care Cost Act—and has been since it arose months ago.
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