Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Health Outcomes Challenges

    October 19, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    Entering into the new model contract, Maryland’s hospitals and health systems are doubling down on the effort to improve health outcomes. Recent reports show where some of the key opportunities lie: maternal health; health care-associated infections; and opioid mortality.​
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  • Progress on Two Fronts

    October 12, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    This week I have two very different good news items: one related to improving the support for survivors of sexual assault and the other on the Health Services Cost Review Commission’s (HSCRC) Medicare Performance Adjustment (MPA) policy.
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  • Our Clear Sense of Purpose

    October 05, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    Last week, during MHA’s very productive annual Executive Committee retreat, committee members deliberated upon a new strategic plan for your association. The conversation was high energy and yielded excellent insights. Staff will use the time until our November meeting to make the plan ready for formal ratification and dissemination
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  • Ongoing Opioid Efforts

    September 28, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    A week ago today, state health officials announced that Maryland would receive $66 million in federal funding to help combat the scourge of opioid addiction.​ And on Tuesday, U.S. lawmakers unveiled a bipartisan bill aimed at fighting the nation’s opioid epidemic. The bill contains some promising provisions, including a boost to treatment access for patients in rural areas and the removal of a 1960s rule that prohibits federal Medicaid reimbursement for certain inpatient treatment centers with mental illness patients.
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  • New Model Road Show

    September 21, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    The countdown is on to the inception of the Total Cost of Care Model. There are just over 100 days until Maryland will begin to be held accountable for controlling the cost of health care in all settings – not just hospitals.
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  • Primary Care Program Prospects

    September 14, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    August 31 was the deadline for physician practices to apply for the Maryland Primary Care Program. The tally of applicants for the first year – nearly 600 representing several thousand physicians – far exceeded projections. Ultimate participation may be smaller as CMMI wants to be sure each practice has enough patients on its panel to let the “law of large numbers” work.
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