Category Archives: Policy

Michael Busch: 11 Years as Maryland’s House Speaker

January/February 2015

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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A New Era: Maryland’s Medicare Waiver

After almost 40 years under the existing Medicare waiver, and with healthcare reform underway nationally, Maryland healthcare policy leaders agreed to revise current incentives in favor of a population-based approach.

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Medical Marijuana Commission Launched

When the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 1101 in its 2013 legislative session, it made history by paving the way for the state’s first hospital-based medical marijuana program. Physicians have been an important impetus to bring this bill to fruition.

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Maryland Health Connection: A New Insurance Marketplace

Rebecca Pearce, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, talks about how Maryland Health Connection will change healthcare coverage for many, as well as its potential impact on physicians.

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Keeping Patients Safe

Maryland Physician attended the Maryland Patient Safety Center conference, which addressed the challenges healthcare providers face in keeping patients safe, as well as state and national initiatives to improve safety.

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Coordinated Health Reform in Maryland

Carolyn Quattrocki leads the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform, established to implement the ACA leading to the founding of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Understand the Exchange and the Office’s successes and challenges.

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Addressing the Social Antecedents of Health Problems and End-of-Life Issues

The only physician in the 188-member General Assembly, Delegate Dan Morhaim, M.D. discusses his views on addressing common health problems and their social causes.

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