May 5, 2019
Thanks for the Input!
We, the staff of MHA, rely on member input to fulfill our mission advocating for, and helping improve the performance of, Maryland’s hospitals and health systems. Throughout the year, we seek and receive your valuable input. Our multiple councils, task forces and work groups churn through serious issues – quality and safety of care, payment policy, behavioral health, medical liability, and much more.

Our Board Executive Committee – composed of 16 hospital and system executives, five hospital trustees, and two independent people – weighs recommendations from those bodies and from MHA staff members to set the direction for the association.

We also survey member CEOs annually. The results of this year’s survey have just arrived and we’re busy analyzing those responses to see how we can serve you better.

But that’s not all; we routinely call upon individual members to hear concerns that we might not learn about in group discussions. In fact, I’ve visited nearly every hospital in the state (some twice) since I began in March 2018 – driving over 30,000 miles without ever leaving Maryland!

To best represent you, we need your input. I’ll be making the rounds again soon, but you don’t need to wait. Reach out at any time with your thoughts and ideas.

Hope to hear from you soon,
Bob Atlas
President & CEO
AHA Opens Quest for Quality Prize Applications
Applications are open for the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality Prize. The $75,000 top prize is presented annually to recognize health care leadership and innovation in providing and advancing quality and advancing health in communities. Organizations are encouraged to apply if they are striving to achieve improvement to access, health, innovation, affordability and partnership. To apply or receive more information, contact Dave Parlin.
House of Delegates Elects Jones Speaker
The Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday unanimously elected Del. Adrienne Jones its next speaker. Jones (D), who has served in the House of Delegates since 1997, replaces Michael E. Busch, who served as House speaker from 2003 until his death April 7.

Jones, the Speaker Pro Tem under Busch, is the first African American and first female Maryland House Speaker. She represents District 10 in Baltimore County and most recently served as Chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee. In that capacity, she has been supportive of hospital bond programs.

MHA’s Government Affairs & Policy team will be briefing the new House speaker on the hospital field’s priorities and continues to partner with your government affairs leads to best engage with Speaker Jones and other state leaders ahead of the 2020 legislative session.
Funding Available for Opioid Response in Rural Communities
About $8 million in federal funding is expected to be available to help rural communities combat the opioid crisis. The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is expected to release a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative called RCORP-Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion. Additional details will be posted here when available.
Be the Employer of Choice for Behavioral Health:
Lessons from INOVA Keller Center
Hospitals and health systems are facing a daunting shortage of behavioral health professions, including psychiatrists. With organizations competing for scarce workforce resources, staff retention becomes even more important to maintaining a talented treatment team.

Join AHA's Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services for a virtual workshop on Being the Employer of Choice for Behavioral Health on May 15 from 3:00-3:45 p.m. ET. You’ll learn how Inova has created a culture that reduces staff turnover rates and improves the quality of patient care. Hear about initiatives to reduce burnout, increase learning and leading opportunities, and improve retention. And take away strategies that you can implement in your own organization.

To register for this members-only webinar, click here.  
Sullenberger, Tamber, Boehler to Address MHA Annual Meeting
Registration is now open the Maryland Hospital Association’s 2019 Annual Membership Meeting. An evening reception on June 10 kicks off the meeting, with the general session taking place on June 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plan to attend to hear keynote speaker Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, safety expert, author and airline captain who safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. 

"The facts tell us what to do and how to do it, but it is our humanity which tells us that we must do something and why we must do it" - Captain “Sully” Sullenberger

You’ll also have an opportunity to hear Adam Boehler, senior adviser to the Secretary for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, discuss CMMI Innovation with MHA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy, Nicole Stallings, and learn about interesting considerations related to social determinants of health from Dr. Pritpal Tamber, founder of the Creating Health Collaborative and former physician editor of TEDMED.
Wisetek Solutions Joins Prime’s GPO Contract Portfolio
The Maryland Hospital Association and MHA Prime are excited to announce Wisetek Solutions, Inc. as the newest member of Prime’s GPO contract portfolio. Wisetek is a global provider of end-to-end IT Asset Disposal specializing in secure recycling and destruction of electronics and data. It is committed to environmental sustainability through its Zero Landfill Policy. 
The partnership with MHA Prime provides a full suite of services including:

  • Removal of end of life assets at market leading rates
  • Get paid for medical equipment and IT assets with useful life
  • On-site and off-site data destruction available. Conveniently located in Hyattsville, MD.
  • Certified and HIPAA compliant in destruction of confidential electronic data and drives
  • Trusted by the Department of Defense, NSA & CIA for their data destruction needs

For more information, contact your MHA Prime Client Executives: Joy Money at 240-856-3303 or Diane Bruno at 410-790-8031.
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