June 9, 2017
Taking a Stand Against Violence
Kirsty Boden was 28 years old when she died on Saturday - a victim in the attack on London Bridge that claimed the lives of seven others and has left dozens still fighting for their lives in London hospitals.
Kirsty was a nurse who worked at Guy's Hospital, just a few hundred yards from the bridge. She died doing her duty, following her calling. A statement from her family: "As she ran toward danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life...Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life."
Kirsty's death, along with the hundreds of thousands of other lives lost to violence each year, is the reason hospitals are taking a firm stand against violence. In the United States alone, nearly 60,000 violent deaths occur each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And more than 2.3 million people annually are treated in hospital emergency departments for violent injuries.
That's why today, June 9, the American Hospital Association is spearheading a National Day of Awareness to focus attention on ending all forms of violence, now recognized as one of the major public health and safety issues throughout the nation. The initiative is an outgrowth of a project initiated by the AHA Board of Trustees, on which I serve, to give voice to hospital efforts that combat violence in their communities and their facilities. 
While today's effort aims to increase awareness through social media - shared tweets posted photos, and other online activity - this will be a long battle, and one that will not be won easily. Eugene Woods, President and CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System and Chairman of the AHA Board of Trustees, is right in saying that community action programs, such as those already undertaken by hospitals and health systems, are needed now more than ever to help address violence. Failure to do so will mean an increasing toll on your communities and hospital colleagues (in 2014, 75 percent of hospital nurses experienced verbal or physical abuse from patients and visitors, and three in 10 reported physical abuse, according to a  study in the Journal of Emergency Nursing). 
To get involved with AHA's Hospitals Against Violence, click here to add your organization as a supporter of the shared commitment to combat violence. AHA also welcomes your thoughts and initiatives; email them to express@aha.org. Here in Maryland, MHA is organizing a forum on workplace violence, tentatively scheduled for this summer, to help you develop strategies for your organization. (Stay tuned for details as we have them.)
I urge you to be engaged with Hospitals Against Violence, for people like Kirsty - a victim and a nurse who gave everything to help others - who inspire all of us to offer healing and hope.
In her family's words: "We are so proud of Kirsty's brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life. Kirsty - we love you and we will miss you dearly."

Just a few of the social media messages posted by MHA's member hospitals today for
#HAVhope Friday.
See You Monday at MHA's Annual Meeting!
If you have registered to attend MHA's Annual Membership Meeting next week, you should have received an email earlier this week with your username and password for the mobile app we will use again this year. We are excited to offer this technology to bring attendees information on speakers, the schedule, sponsors and more. Our welcome reception at the Four Seasons Baltimore (click  here for directions) begins at 6 p.m. Monday. The annual business meeting will be Tuesday, June 13, at 8:30 a.m. If you need to register at the last minute, you can do so onsite and we will mail an invoice after the event. Please contact  Kathy Gotwalt if you have any last minute questions. We look forward to seeing you!
MHA Submits Letter on Global Budget Update
MHA has submitted a comment letter to the Health Services Cost Review Commission in support of the staff recommendation for the update to global budgets and non-global budget revenue for fiscal year 2018. The letter states that MHA and its 64 member hospitals and health systems agree with the draft recommendation that significant progress has been made in the past three years toward achieving the goals of the All-Payer Model demonstration and that we must continue to ensure progress toward those goals. The funding recommendation in the recommended update will help make that possible. This update will be the major topic of discussion at next week's Health Services Cost Review Commission meeting.
Deadline Approaching for 2017 Bond Program Applicants 
The deadline to submit applications for the 2017 MHA Bond Program is Friday, June 16. Application forms and other supporting documentation must be submitted via the hospital-specific SharePoint site (provided by MHA) by this date. If you have any questions, please contact Brett McConeJennifer Witten, or  Jane Krienke. All application materials are available on our website www.mhaonline.org/bond
Armstrong Institute Offers Webinar on Naloxone
The Johns Hopkins Health System last year implemented a naloxone-prescribing policy across its academic and community hospitals, ambulatory settings, and outpatient pharmacies. Two of the clinical pharmacy specialists from Hopkins who worked on the implementation will draw on those experiences during a free webinar at 2 p.m. June 14: "Taming the Opioid Epidemic: The Role of Naloxone Prescribing." Among the topics they will discuss:
  • Methods for identifying patients at high overdose risk
  • Recommendations for writing and filling of naloxone prescriptions
  • Challenges to developing and implementing naloxone prescribing across a health system
  • Strategies for incorporating overdose education and naloxone programs into different care settings 
Click here to register.
SBIRT Training Available
Maryland's Behavioral Health Administration and Behavioral Health System Baltimore will collaborate with other organizations to offer free Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment training events for physicians, nurses and social workers in several locations throughout Maryland. Click each link to download flyers for the nurse, physician, and social worker training. The flyers contain details on dates, times, and locations, and links to register.
Shared Purpose, for Today's Generation
In a 2014 TED Talk, General Stan McChrystal recounts leading troops in Afghanistan and recognizing that his experiences as an adult and soldier on Sept. 11, 2001, did not provide the same impetus for action to the young soldiers he was leading, some of whom were only in the sixth grade on that fateful day in U.S. history.

Prime Presents Revenue Opportunity
The Mainsail Group helps clients find new and significant means of revenue and cost containment. They help hospitals form strategic partnerships with consumer brands in a manner that is supportive of a health system's mission of care.

CMS Seeks Input on How to Reduce Health Care Regulatory Burden, Improve Choice
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued a request for information on reducing regulatory burdens and improving health care coverage choices. 

Monday, June 12
MHA's Annual Meeting - Welcome Reception

Tuesday, June 13
MHA's Annual Meeting - General Session

Wednesday, June 14
Health Services Cost Review Commission meeting

Thursday, June 15
MHA Financial Technical Work Group meeting
The Baltimore Sun, By John Fritze and Meredith Cohn, June 3
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Carroll County Times, By Michel Elben, June 5
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The Baltimore Sun, By Phil Davis, June 6
CBS Baltimore, By Devin Bartolotta, June 6
Baltimore Business Journal, By Morgan Eichensehr, June 7
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