Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Looking to the ‘20s

    December 26, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    As we enter the holiday time and reflect on the year now ending, it’s striking how many challenges the Maryland hospital field faced and what you’ve accomplished. The new Total Cost of Care Model launched and you blew through the first year’s savings target. You built upon quality achievements from the previous model of lower readmissions and 30-day mortality.
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  • Hospitals Serve as Safety Net for Behavioral Health Patients

    December 26, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    As hospitals across the country face criticism for long emergency department wait times, the dearth of community-based behavioral health resources must be flagged as a significant cause. Many of your hospitals contend with behavioral health patients who simply have nowhere else to go—both at onset of an episode and when ready for discharge—due to lack of capacity in more appropriate care settings.
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  • Evaluation of the All-Payer Model

    December 09, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Without fanfare, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) posted the final evaluation of the Maryland All-Payer Model. Overall the findings suggest the Model works. One good sign: CMMI’s project leader for Maryland praised the Model on social media last week, saying, “What I’m most impressed with is the decrease in potentially avoidable hospitalizations.”
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  • Collective Action, Unified Message

    November 18, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    The other day we got a preview of the headwinds the hospital field can expect to face when the Maryland General Assembly session opens in seven weeks. MHA participated in a Senate committee briefing on facility fees. At the briefing, MHA highlighted our field’s proactive effort to improve transparency for patients.
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  • Disaster Preparedness

    November 13, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    You may have watched in recent weeks as California residents fled their homes while flames from wildfires inched closer and hospitals faced the daunting task of swiftly evacuating all their patients.
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  • Exemplifying Team Power: The Nats!

    November 05, 2019 By: Bob Atlas, President & CEO
    Like many of you, I spent much of October staying up past my bedtime, bingeing on ice cream, and shouting at the TV—all while watching the Washington Nationals in inning after inning of nail-biting baseball. Fortunately, the elevated stress paid off. And, even if they hadn’t won the final game, it would’ve been worth it.
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