August 31, 2018
Labor of Love
On Monday, as Marylanders throughout the state celebrate the unofficial end of summer, tens of thousands of women and men will head to work in Maryland's hospitals.
Their mission: to care for those who need them.
This isn't just the case on holidays. It's their mission every day of the year, when more than 100,000 nurses, doctors, technicians, environmental service workers, and others go to work at one of Maryland's hospitals and health systems.
We at your Maryland Hospital Association are grateful for their dedication. The people who make it their life's work to serve others in hospitals are special and they deserve recognition.
As hospital associates serve others, hospital leaders, in turn, are called to serve those who work for their organizations. Their responsibility is to cultivate an environment where associates can thrive, where they carry out their duties with both professionalism and compassion, and where they find joy in their work.
MHA is turning its attention to the workplace in the coming months and will seek opportunities to help hospitals build more robust, inclusive and engaged workforces. Stay tuned as we return from our executive committee retreat in September with some strategies.
Labor Day was established to honor of the social and economic achievements of American workers. For Maryland's hospitals, those achievements are significant . More than 8 percent of Maryland's total workforce is supported by hospital employment, generating more than a $12 billion annual impact on the state's overall labor income and benefits.
That means Maryland's hospital team members support our state in ways that go far beyond health care. In many communities, hospitals are not only the largest employers, but also social and economic pillars.
We must never lose sight of our true north: people - our patients, our fellow community members, and those who work with us every day.

Bob Atlas
President and CEO

Atlas Featured on HFAM Podcast
MHA President & CEO Bob Atlas was a recently a guest on Quality Care Talks, a podcast from the Health Facilities Association of Maryland exploring leadership, innovation, and critical issues facing long-term and post-acute care providers. Among other topics, Atlas discussed the Maryland Total Cost of Care Model, partnerships between hospitals and post-acute providers, the concept of "ex-novation," and leadership attributes. To listen, click here .
New Quality Reports on Key Metrics Available

New, MHA-produced hospital-specific data reports on key quality metrics are now available. The reports use the most recent, publicly-available data, and are meant to give an overview of hospitals' performance relative to state and national benchmarks. The reports will be updated periodically.


Contact: Justin Ziombra

MHEI Co-sponsors Performance Improvement Workshop
The Maryland Healthcare Education Institute and The PROPEL Institute are offering a free introductory workshop to show how having an in-house PROPEL Coaching Team can facilitate performance improvement. In this introductory workshop, attendees will:
  • Learn the true cost of problems re: patient flow, HCAHPS, patient safety, and staffing issues.
  • Discover the six evidence-based PROPEL positive psychology principles that enable personal empowerment and optimize professional performance and teamwork.
  • Receive a detailed description on training select employees to become PROPEL coaches.
PROPEL coaches enable staff and leaders to significantly increase patient satisfaction and safety, improve staff engagement which impacts loyalty, retention, volume, revenue, profit and cost reductions, prevent burnout, and Be a Best Place to Work.
Three introductory workshop dates will be offered on October 25, 2018 , November 27, 2018 , and January 17, 2019 . The workshops will be at MHEI in Elkridge. Click the dates to register for the workshop of your choice.
Contact: Alison Burrows
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Bipartisan Letter Urges Effective Administration of 340B Program

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., D-N.J., Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray D-Wash., Aug. 27 sent a letter to the Health Resources and Services Administration urging the agency to use its existing rulemaking authority to implement regulations to better administer the 340B drug savings program.

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Washington Business Journal , By Sara Gilgore, August 27
Herald-Mail Media , August 27
Baltimore Business Journal , By Morgan Eichensehr, August 27
Baltimore Business Journal , By Morgan Eichensehr, August 27
U.S. News & World Report , By Beth Howard, August 28

Modern Healthcare, By Alex Kacik, August 29