Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Spotlight on Rising Drug Prices

    July 27, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    As Maryland’s hospitals begin in earnest their preparations to rein in health care costs ahead of the inception of the Total Cost of Care Model, there’s one factor that has long escaped any meaningful constraints: drug prices.
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  • The Value of Transparency

    July 20, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    During June’s American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board meeting, one of the hot topics was price transparency, a burgeoning nationwide push by regulators, legislators, payers, and providers to empower health care consumers so they can make better-informed decisions about their care.
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  • A Foundation for Success

    July 13, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    It’s been a noteworthy week for the Maryland Model, kicking off with a contract signing ceremony on Monday that featured Maryland’s top political dignitaries, along with CMS Administrator Seema Verma.​ “Transformation can’t stop at the hospital walls,” Verma said Monday with more than a dozen hospital executives looking on. “The objective is clear: The state will continue to bring all Medicare costs down while improving quality of care.”
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  • Maryland, Again, Is a Trailblazer

    July 06, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    On Monday, July 9, Maryland’s top leaders will join with their counterparts in the federal government for a signing ceremony in Annapolis to celebrate a new agreement that extends our state’s role as a national health care innovator.​
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  • Changing the Culture of Workplace Violence

    June 29, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    “Adversity acquaints us with our resources, our virtues, our armour and weapons, our spirit – and forces us to be stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche​ Yesterday, several hundred women and men who serve in Maryland’s hospitals left behind their usual, pressing duties to come together for a cause that touches us all: reducing workplace violence.
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  • A Rare Gem

    June 22, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    As you know, the federal authority for the Maryland health care financing model runs through the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). So, recent criticism of CMMI from federal budgeteers for producing “underwhelming” results, along with a proposed $800 million decrease to its $10 billion budget, would seem concerning. Instead, let’s view this as a cause for optimism in Maryland.
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