Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

  • Support 340B Programs for Vulnerable Populations

    November 19, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    Caring for the most vulnerable among us is at the heart of our mission each day in Maryland’s hospitals. The federal 340B drug pricing program supports that mission by allowing about half of our hospitals to purchase outpatient drugs at discounted rates. Hospitals can reinvest savings to reduce avoidable utilization and improve outcomes for our patients.
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  • New Faces, New Opportunities

    November 12, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    Last Tuesday’s midterm elections have shaken up the political landscape – both nationally and here in Maryland. At the federal level, Democrats regained control of the United States House of Representatives for the first time in almost a decade, with health care at the top of the Democratic congressional campaign platform this year.
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  • Care Is Blind, Safety Is Paramount

    November 05, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    For the Jewish doctors and nurses at Allegheny General Hospital, the fact that their patient was accused of mass murder at a nearby Pittsburgh synagogue did not alter their treatment. That he continued to spew anti-Semitic vitriol did not change the care they rendered. Neither did the fact that among his victims were their family, friends, or neighbors.
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  • Exceeding (Very High) Expectations

    October 26, 2018 By: Bob Atlas
    It’s no secret that health care, particularly hospital care, is ripe for disruption. Why else would giants like Amazon, Google, and CVS be diving into clinical practices with both feet?
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  • 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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