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Maryland’s Total Cost of Care model is shaping post Covid health financing

| May 10, 2022 | Maryland

Maryland’s unique Total Cost of Care (TCOC) model continues to shape the state’s recovery from the pandemic, especially among hospitals and other health facilities.  Bob Atlas, President and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association; Katie Wunderlich, Executive Director of the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC); and Joe DeMattos, President...[ Read More ]

Hawaii ranks first in health, last in economic well-being in COVID policy analysis

| Apr 19, 2022 | Hawaii

Hawaii’s unique geography significantly impacted the economic and public health effects of COVID-related policies, a new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research found.  Hawaii had the lowest COVID-related deaths per capita and the lowest COVID mortality rate in the country. However, it also ranked last (51st) in economic...[ Read More ]

Washington legislators wrap up final supplemental budget negotiations

| Mar 9, 2022 | Washington

After closed-door budget negotiations concluded on Wednesday afternoon, the Senate and House Democrats released their proposed supplemental operating budget for 2022. The budget proposal would add an additional $5 billion to the 2021-2023 operating budget, bringing the total to $64.1 billion. Total budgeted funds for the 2021-2023 biennium and 2023-25...[ Read More ]

Q&A: MHCC’s Ben Steffen on the future of CRISP and health information exchanges

| Mar 3, 2022 | Maryland

Ben Steffen is the executive director of the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC), an independent regulatory agency under the Department of Health. MHCC designates Maryland’s health information exchange (HIE), the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP).  In this Q&A, Steffen reflects on the role CRISP played in mapping...[ Read More ]

Video: How COVID has changed our health care system

| Feb 23, 2022 | Federal, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan

Health leaders from three corners of the country reflected on their experiences addressing the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years at the 2022 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference. Discussions on the importance of addressing disparities with data, workforce reform, and more took place at the “How COVID...[ Read More ]

Hogan’s end of mask mandate follows 20% decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations

| Feb 16, 2022 | Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan announced the end of a statewide mask mandate in state buildings this week, following several emergency orders in response to the Omicron variant surge. The mandate will end on Feb. 22, although “masks will continue to be strongly recommended for employees and visitors who are unvaccinated.”  ...[ Read More ]