5 Things Maryland: Legislators shaping health policy, Maternal mortality, “Chronic COVID”

We are super excited to be kicking off our 2021 Maryland State of Reform Health Policy Conference next week! Because we feature things in this newsletter that we think are worth watching in Maryland health care, and because we know many of those topics are teed up on the agenda next week, we have a number of sessions that we want to highlight for you that are worth your time on May 13th.

So many of the conversations worth having in Maryland health care and health policy are going to be had next week. I’d love to have you be part of the conversation.





With help from Emily Boerger

1. Legislators shaping health policy

Some of the most impactful legislators in health policy will join us at the 2021 Maryland State of Reform Health Policy Conference on May 13. On our “Policy Leadership: Democrats” panel, we’ll hear from Sen. Paul Pinsky, Chair of the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Brian Feldman, Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Malcolm Augustine, Member of the Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders, and Del. Robbyn LewisMember of the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

Joining us on our “Policy Leadership: Republicans” panel will be Deputy Minority Whip Del. Sid Saab, along with Dels. Susan Krebs and Brian Chisholm who are both members of the House Health & Government Operations Committee. Be sure to bring your questions to what will be interactive and informative panels on the future of health policy in Maryland.


2. Racism as a public health issue

From the boardroom to the exam room, from the finance department to the community health worker, race and racism are present in health care in meaningful ways that aren’t always fully understood. At the 2021 Maryland State of Reform Health Policy Conference next week, this group of experts will discuss the data that underpins racism’s impact on health, and how the health care sector can better deal with this ongoing issue.

This conversation will feature Sen. Mary Washington, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, Dr. Nicole Rochester, CEO of Your GPS Doc, Dr. Michelle Gourdine, Interim Chief Medical Officer at the University of Maryland Medical System, and Rev. Dr. Sandra Conner, Pastor at Shepherd’s Heart Missionary Baptist Church.

3. Where are tech innovations taking us?

Substantive changes in health care are being driven by health technology. And with COVID, the logic of technology and digital tools is even clearer. So, what can we expect from these new innovations, and what will that mean for the business model of health care? Our “Where innovation in tech is taking the health care system” panel next week will discuss how technology is reshaping the way care is delivered and how quality is measured.

Joining this panel will be David Horrocks, President & CEO of CRISP, Sam Malhotra, CEO of Subsystem Technologies and past Chief of Staff to Gov. Hogan, David Lashar, Partner at Keen360, and Subi Muniasamy, Chief Technology Officer at MD THINK. These panelists will dig into the weeds and explore the issue and implications from a variety of angles.


4. What a world of “chronic COVID” looks like

It is increasingly clear that COVID will remain an endemic disease in America much like influenza or HIV. So, what does that mean for the future of care delivery and financing if seasonal surges of COVID hit the system along with the flu each year? Our “What a world of chronic COVID looks like for delivery & financing” session will talk through how health care may be impacted by this “new normal.”

Salliann Alborn, CEO at Maryland Community Health System, and Patrick Mutch, CEO at Chase Brexton Health Care, will offer their perspectives on this panel. They’ll be joined by Dr. David Baker, Executive Director of Population Health at LifeBridge Health, and James Case, Managing Director at KPMG.


5. Addressing maternal mortality rates in MD

The data remains clear that maternal mortality ranges widely based on race and ethnicity. Our “Addressing maternal mortality rates in Maryland” session will discuss the work to measure and address this variation, and talk through the implications of this work for the broader system.

We’ll hear from Sen. Mary Beth Carozza, Member of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, Traci Kodeck, CEO of HealthCare Access Maryland, Dr. Shelly Choo, Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at the Maryland Dept. of Health, and Lara Wilson, Director of Rural Health Care Transformation at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Chestertown.