Special Update
MHA Temporary Staffing Program
As we predicted earlier, we knew that the long-term and post-acute care sector would face increasing workforce and staffing challenges in the heart of the COVID-19 care surge. We are receiving reports today of more critical staffing shortages in isolated parts of the state - both urban and rural. Staffing and workforce challenges will likely continue for at least the next few weeks. For those reasons, we are again sharing the below resource we sent out yesterday regarding the Maryland Hospital Association temporary staffing program.

MHA has expanded their temporary staffing program, Chesapeake Registry Program (CRP) during the COVID-19 outbreak to vet and recruit new groups, including nursing, medical, and respiratory tech students; clinicians not practicing in Maryland hospitals; and those signed up for the Maryland Responds and Medical Reserve Corps.

Hospitals that already use CRP and those that do not, including post-acute providers, can quickly contract with MHA and CRP to access:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Allied staffing
  • Non-clinical staff

If you’d like to access the new resource, please contact  COVIDstaffing@mhaonline.org and MHA will send a short-term, simplified contract to you to review and sign. Once the contract has been returned, MHA will quickly load your facility into the system and meet your needs. To request assistance for filling more than 10 positions, send a surge staffing request to MHA at  COVIDstaffing@mhaonline.org. An intake team is ready to begin taking requests. Working with the state, MHA has developed a list of COVID-19 top positions and COVID-19 specific rates, which are  included here.
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We cannot thank you enough for the dedication and diligence in doing all that you can for the residents in your communities. HFAM continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic with our state and national partners and will do all we can to support you during this time.