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MDH health commissions’ budget sees nearly $70 million increase in FY 2023

| Feb 17, 2022 | Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health’s three regulatory health commissions rely on an annual multimillion dollar budget to operate strategic health initiatives around the state. These include hospital rate setting under the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), community-based grant programs through the Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC), and health care...[ Read More ]

Hogan’s FY 2023 budget rings in $187 million for health care providers

| Jan 25, 2022 | Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan announced his FY 2023 budget last week, marking his eight and final proposal in office. This includes a record $3.6 billion increase for Maryland’s Rainy Day Fund, and projects the first long-term, structurally-balanced budget in nearly 25 years, according to the budget announcement.      Here are...[ Read More ]

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 ]

Maryland hospitals urge lawmakers to address financial strain

| Dec 21, 2021 | Maryland

Early on in the pandemic, Maryland’s hospitals were financially sound, according to the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) Chief External Affairs Officer Nicole Dempsey Stallings. Maryland’s unique All-Payer Model, which determines an evenly-distributed, fixed budget for the state’s hospitals each year, acted as a “shock absorber” that helped stabilize both a...[ Read More ]

Cost Review Commission adds maternal and child health to priority list

Shawna De La Rosa | Dec 14, 2020 | Maryland

Maternal and child health priorities have been added to Maryland’s Total Population Health list of priorities. Diabetes was identified as a statewide priority in 2019, as was addressing the opioid crisis. Though not specifically Medicare-focused, maternal and child health was added because of its history of health care disparities and...[ Read More ]