Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • 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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  • The Power Within Us

    June 15, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    If there’s a common theme that the three featured speakers at this week’s annual MHA membership meeting shared, it’s this: each of us, both professionally and personally, has immense power to change people’s lives for the better.​
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