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LifeSpan Leadership Summit

April 21, 2017
Hospital leaders in Maryland are sorting through the tumult of state and national change to craft the best strategies to care for their patients and communities. It's a time that cries out for connection among all of us as we work both independently and together to get the job done. As always, MHA is here to help make that connection. Our annual member meeting in June offers a great opportunity to provide insight and understanding into where Maryland's hospitals fit in this whirlwind of change, independently and as a field.
Hospital CEOs and other C-suite leaders will gather at the Four Seasons in Baltimore on the evening of June 12 and the morning of June 13. Our reception Monday evening will offer time to connect with one another, and we'll recognize some special award winners in our field. On Tuesday, our program runs through lunch and features several prominent speakers:  
  • The New York Times columnist and PBS and NPR political analyst David Brooks, who will engage in a candid discussion about the Trump administration, its impact on the health care landscape, and how the administration might evolve after a tumultuous beginning
  • American Hospital Association President & CEO Rick Pollack, who will share his views on the national health care landscape and how the association is working to protect hospitals' and patients' interests during this historic transformation
  • NASA astronaut and physician Dr. David Wolf, a very lively and engaging speaker who will offer his thoughts on leadership, motivation and innovation, and how to apply these values in every setting - whether it's hundreds of miles above the Earth or in a hospital emergency department
For more information and to register, click here.
The face-to-face time we spend together each year at this gathering has value beyond information and insight. It is an opportunity to connect with one another, to understand common challenges and share real solutions. It is an opportunity to make a collective investment in our thinking about the future of health care in Maryland.
See you there!

MHCC Chair Stepping Down
The chair of the Maryland Health Care Commission, Craig Tanio, announced at yesterday's meeting of the commission that he is stepping down from his position. A replacement has not yet been named.
FDA Announces Restriction on Codeine and Tramadol
The Food and Drug Administration has announced it is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol in children, as well as recommending against prescribing these medicines to breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their babies. Both carry serious risks that could be even greater in children younger than 12. The medicines should also be limited in some older children. More details are in this Quality Advisory from the American Hospital Association.
CDC Issues Guidance for Occupational Exposure to Zika
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance to determine when health care personnel should be tested for Zika virus infection following an occupational exposure and recommendations for post-exposure management. The document describes initial management, assessment of the exposure incident and determination of the need for Zika virus testing, clinical management, counseling and laboratory testing. It also discusses how to manage health care personnel who develop Zika virus infection following an occupational exposure, and notes that work restrictions are not generally required. 
Hospital Leaders Discuss Implicit Bias
The Maryland Healthcare Education Institute on Tuesday held the first in a series of programs to help hospital leaders better understand diversity and health disparities. The kickoff session of the Thinking About Diversity series, "Understanding Implicit Bias," focused on defining the causes of implicit bias, identifying the impact it has on decision-making, and relating it to the provision of health care and health care equity. There are two additional programs in the series, with the next scheduled in the fall. For details, email Mark Rulle.
Registration Open for Physician Leadership Seminar
The Maryland Healthcare Education Institute will offer its fourth annual "The Practice of Leadership for Physicians" seminar beginning in September. This four-day seminar (September 14, October 12, November 9 and December 7) is intended for to help physicians prepare to lead groups of individuals who are responsible for critical strategic goals. More details are available in this flier. For questions or to register, please contact Alison Burrows.
Registration Open for LifeSpan Leadership Summit
LifeSpan Network's 2017 Leadership Summit: Transforming Maryland's Healthcare System will take place May 16 at Turf Valley in Ellicott City. The summit will focus on how Maryland's health care system is being transformed by data, both big and small. It brings together partners from across the continuum of care: LifeSpan, The Beacon Institute, Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, MHA, MedChi, and the Maryland National Capital Homecare Association. Please see this flier for more information, and click here to register. Hospital employees will get the LifeSpan membership rate.
AHA Encourages Participation in "Hospitals Against Violence" Initiative
The American Hospital Association has designated June 9 as #HAVhope Friday: A National Day of Awareness to focus attention on ending violence within hospital walls and our communities. The campaign starts with the AHA's digital toolkit, which details different ways hospitals can participate. Support involves sharing photos of your colleagues and community supporters holding hands, along with a short description of your commitment to combating violence through social media using #HAVhope. Sign up to support the event at www.aha.org/preventviolence.
MHA Staff Participate in Donate Life Month
Earlier this week, several MHA staff participated in Donate Life Month by writing down their #In1Word reasons for being organ donors. The pictures we took were posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can view the Facebook post here . We hope that our member hospitals and their staff will continue to support The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland and continue to promote Donate Life Month the rest of April.
Hard Facts About Health Care's "Soft Side"
As we continue our quest toward a more comprehensive population health approach in health care, we have invested a great deal of time, energy and money into the gathering, development and production of useful data.

PRIME Offers Capital and Construction Solutions
Prime, through its affiliation with MedAssets, would like to introduce you to MedAssets Capital and Construction Solutions, which deliver end-to-end capabilities to help you complete successful, on-time and on-budget construction or renovation projects.

'Take Back Day' Next Week to Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs
April 29 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, when the public can safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. 

Wednesday, April 26
MHA Care Alert Learning Collaborative Summit
The Daily Record, By Tim Curtis, April 16
The Baltimore Sun, By Tim Prudente, April 15,
Baltimore Business Journal, By Morgan Eichensehr, April 17
WYPR, By Tom Hall and Rob Sivak, April 17
WTOP, By Dick Uliano, April 20
CBS Baltimore, By Mike Schuh, April 19
The Baltimore Sun, By Paul Sisson, April 19