Burnout continues to impact Maryland’s health workforce, with a number of public health workers and other staff leaving their employment at the Department of Health (MDH). During a recent briefing to state legislators, policy analysts from the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) reviewed MDH’s FY 2022 budget and workforce numbers.  The analysis also found a … Read more

“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 launched back in Jan. 2020 … Read more

Increased Medicaid rates for Maryland’s home and community-based services (HCBS) are going into effect, the Department of Health (MDH) announced this week. HCBS programs provide patient-centered care to individuals with physical, intellectual, and developmental diabetes and behavioral health needs.     The HCBS increases are as follows: A 5.5 % rate increase for most HCBS … Read more