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$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 ]

Decisive leadership leads to high vaccination rates in Maryland long term care facilities

| Aug 25, 2021 | Maryland

As of August 18th, 89% of nursing home residents and 79% of staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 in Maryland.  These are some of the highest vaccination rates in the country thanks to strong leadership and decisive action, says Joe DeMattos, CEO of Health Facilities Association of Maryland.     In...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Coordinated Care CEO Beth Johnson on their Coordinated Care Harvest Bucks program

| Aug 19, 2021 | Washington

Coordinated Care’s recently launched program provides prescription vouchers for fruits and vegetables for people experiencing food insecurity in Washington.  State of Reform sat down with Beth Johnson, CEO of Coordinated Care, to discuss food insecurities, how the Coordinated Care Harvest Bucks program is helping those in need, and what’s next...[ Read More ]

Vaccinations required for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield workforce

| Aug 17, 2021 | Maryland

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield recently announced it will require its workforce, Board of Directors, and guests to be vaccinated against COVID-19. To achieve vaccination rates that will end the pandemic, CareFirst has been encouraging it’s employees and the community to get the shot, but recently made it a requirement for all...[ Read More ]

Nearly $5 million in Mental Health Field Response Grants awarded to agencies across the state

| Aug 11, 2021 | Washington

Almost a quarter of all people killed by the police since 2015 in the United States have had a known mental illness according to a study done by the Washington Post. In response to this growing issue, nearly $5 million in Mental Health Field Response Grants was recently awarded to...[ Read More ]

Maryland Total Cost of Care Model reduced spending by $365 million in first year

| Jul 28, 2021 | Maryland

The Maryland Total Cost of Care (TCOC) Model reduced the state’s total cost of health care spending by $365 million in 2019, $88 million more than the reduction in spending from 2018, according to a recent report by Mathematica. The model tests if state accountability and provider incentives can improve...[ Read More ]

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