Category Archives: Policy

Fighting for Better Health

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If anyone can take on Baltimore City residents’ many health issues, it’s Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen, MD. When she’s not giving TED talks, you can likely find her encouraging physicians to minimize opiate use, teaching people how to prevent heroin deaths, or seeking new ways to reduce violence.

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Today’s Skilled Nursing Facility: Not Your Parents’ Nursing Home

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Joe DeMattos, Jr., MA, head of HFAM, discusses how long-term care facilities have changed and how they can keep patients healthier while reducing healthcare system costs.

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Sarbanes Statement on the 21st Century Cures Act Passing the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement on May 21, 2015, after H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, passed the full Energy and Commerce Committee with bipartisan support. The bill will increase biomedical research and accelerate the approval process for new medical devices and prescription drugs, giving patients more access to life-saving treatments. […]

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The Third and Final Stage of Meaningful Use


In March 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rolled out the proposed rule for Stage 3, which they declared will be the final stage of its Meaningful Use (MU) EHR incentive program. This stage is scheduled to begin in 2017.

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The Challenge of Controlling Healthcare Utilization

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A conversation with Jesse Pines, MD, MBA, Director of the Office of Clinical Practice Innovation at George Washington University regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the current acute care system, and cost containment/utilization approaches.

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MedChi Reports Repeal of the Sterile Compounding Law Necessary

Maryland SB 69/ HB 181 (“State Board of Pharmacy – Sterile Compounding – Compliance by Nonresident Pharmacies and Repeal of Permit Requirement”) sponsored by Maryland Legislative Senator Conway and Delegate Hill respectively, is MedChi (The Maryland State Medical Society)  initiated legislation that would repeal the provisions of the Maryland Pharmacy Act passed in 2013 that […]

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Michael Busch: 11 Years as Maryland’s House Speaker

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Despite his 28 years in the Maryland state legislature, Speaker Michael Busch has never taken the splendor of the House chamber for granted. The chamber is an inspirational setting for the years of legislative wrangling that have taken place within its walls.

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Creating More Coordinated Care

Maryland Physician recently interviewed Donna Kinzer, executive director of the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) since mid-2013 about the impact of the new waiver on providers and patients. More coordinated care is one of the waiver’s key goals.

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Reflection and Forward Thinking

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Secretary Joshua Sharfstein, MD, reflects on his challenges and accomplishments and where his next position will take him.

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Challenges, Successes, Priorities and Issues

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith discusses how the Affordable Care Act is impacting healthcare insurance in the state. In spite of the challenges of the new healthcare exchange in Maryland, she finds much to celebrate.

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