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CareFirst launches CloseKnit, a virtual primary care practice

| Sep 28, 2021 | Maryland

Nearly 40% of CareFirst members are without a primary care provider. To address this, CareFirst recently launched a new virtual primary care practice called CloseKnit.  CloseKnit is an advanced primary care practice designed around people and their health care needs. This virtual-first delivery model will offer a variety of care...[ Read More ]

Two Maryland hospitals among top 5 most socially responsible

| Sep 22, 2021 | Maryland

Maryland is home to two of the most socially responsible hospitals in America. That’s according to a recent study published by the Lown Institute, a nonpartisan healthcare think tank. The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus came in 3rd and 5th, respectively,...[ Read More ]

Failing grade for Maryland and their prison system response to COVID-19

| Sep 3, 2021 | Maryland

More than 2,700 people in the US prison system have died from COVID-19, and one out of every three incarcerated individuals have been infected since the pandemic began.  In a report released by the Prison Policy Initiative, Maryland received a “D-” (62%) for its response to COVID-19 in prisons, an...[ Read More ]

Mandates on the rise in Maryland in response to increase in COVID cases

| Sep 2, 2021 | Maryland

Over the course of 24 hours, 1,272 new COVID-19 cases and 16 new deaths were reported in Maryland. This comes the day after Gov. Larry Hogan’s vaccine mandate went into effect for Maryland nursing home and hospital employees. The vaccine mandate from Gov. Hogan comes alongside a slew of other...[ Read More ]

Maryland Board of Education approves universal school mask mandate

| Aug 26, 2021 | Maryland

A universal school mask mandate was passed by the Maryland Board of Education (MBE) with almost unanimous support on Thursday.  The board held a special meeting to vote on whether or not to implement an emergency regulation mandating universal mask-wearing for schools in the state.     Before being enacted,...[ Read More ]

$60 million allocated to improve health disparities in Maryland’s underserved communities

| Aug 25, 2021 | Maryland

Minority health disparities cost Maryland over $1 billion per year in direct medical costs, according to a presentation from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In response to increasing health disparities resulting from COVID-19, the Maryland Health Equity Resource Act -- signed into law in May -- is...[ Read More ]