As President of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland, Joe DeMattos is focused on improving care integration for the state’s long-term care settings, including skilled nursing, assisted living programs, and continuing care retirement communities. At our 2022 Maryland State of Reform Health Policy Conference, DeMattos said Maryland already has relatively strong health infrastructure in place, but more can be done to improve access to care, particularly for underserved communities.
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“Here in Maryland, we have outstanding teaching hospitals and outstanding medical centers … We have great nursing homes and assisted living centers, but those dots are not often connected. Sometimes they’re connected—in communities that are more challenged—by dotted lines that need to be filled in. A big part of our work right now is on connecting the dots, but also recognizing the work that we have to do to reach underserved, more at-risk communities.”