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Access to behavioral health care is Maryland’s ‘number one issue,’ as legislature discusses solutions to long ED wait times

| Jan 25, 2022 | Maryland

Behavioral health is currently the top priority in Maryland’s health care sphere, according to Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D - Anne Arundel), Chair of the Maryland House Public Health and Minority Health Disparities Subcommittee.  The subcommittee met this week to hear updates from the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), which...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Del. Bonnie Cullison’s health care priorities for 2022

| Jan 18, 2022 | Maryland

Delegate Bonnie Cullison (D - Montgomery) is a member of the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee. The 2022 Legislative Session began earlier this month and the committee is currently reviewing over 60 health bills, including nine from Cullison.  In this Q&A, Cullison shares her health care priorities which...[ Read More ]

Demand for pediatric mental health services increased in Maryland during pandemic, study finds

| Dec 3, 2021 | Maryland

The demand for pediatric mental health services, particularly for more complex diagnoses, increased in Maryland during the COVID-19 pandemic according to a study from Psychiatric Services released this week.  Amie F. Bettencourt, Ph.D, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, led the research effort,...[ Read More ]

Health care highlights in Maryland’s latest budget briefing

| Nov 22, 2021 | Maryland

Medicaid reimbursement rates, behavioral health, COVID relief funds, and more are tee’d up in Maryland’s fiscal year 2023 budget plan. The Department of Legislative Services’ Office of Policy Analysis released its Spending Affordability Briefing this month, and outlined appropriations ahead of the upcoming legislative session.      Due to an...[ Read More ]

Legislature to take action after Maryland behavioral health providers reach second year of unprocessed claims from Optum and MDH

| Nov 11, 2021 | Maryland

“Fiasco,” “debacle,” and “administrative nightmare” were among the words behavioral health providers and legislators used to describe the ongoing claims reconciliation process with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and its system vendor, Optum, at the House Health and Human Services Subcommittee meeting last week.     Optum’s system officially...[ Read More ]