MHA's Friday Update Messages

MHA Friday Update Weekly Messages

  • A Nick to the Sick Tax

    January 19, 2018 By: Your MHA Team
    On Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan released the fiscal 2019 budget for Maryland. In it, he calls for a $25 million reduction in the hospital Medicaid ‘sick tax.’ This comes a year after the governor hit pause on the $25 million annual spend-down to which he had committed earlier in his term. Well ahead of the budget release, the hospital field made clear in a letter signed by all acute care hospital CEOs to Gov. Hogan that reducing the tax is the field’s top priority. Not only does the reduction help hospitals meet the goals of the All-Payer Model, it also lessens a longstanding burden on patients.​
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  • What Does the New Model Delay Mean?

    January 12, 2018 By: Your MHA Team
    Earlier this week, the state announced a one-year extension for Maryland’s All-Payer Model contract, through December 31, 2019. The extension provides the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services more time to understand the model and its next phase, as well as additional time for a new health secretary to be installed prior to approval.
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  • Gearing Up for the 2018 Legislative Session

    January 05, 2018 By: Your MHA Team
    Next week marks the start of the 438th session of the Maryland General Assembly, and this year’s gubernatorial election is expected to factor heavily into lawmakers’ decisions over the next three months. Put another way, this session is expected to be dominated far more by politics than policies. Still, hospitals have much to fight for in 2018, including the field’s top three priorities.
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  • 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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