The businesses and organizations included
on this page provide information about
care insurance and programs,
Click on any link above to review information
for that topic.
The Maryland Health Care Commission
(MHCC) is the state agency, along with the HSCRC
(see below), responsible for developing the Hospital Performance
Evaluation Guide. For more information about the Commission,
its public members and its work, visit their web site at www.mhcc.maryland.gov or
call toll-free 1-877-245-1762.
The Maryland Health Services Cost
Review Commission (HSCRC) is the state agency
responsible for reviewing and approving hospital rates
and making financial information about Maryland hospitals
available to the public. For more information about the
HSCRC, its public members and its work, visit their web
site at www.hscrc.state.md.us or
call 877-4MD-DHMH or 410-764-2605.
The Joint Commission (TJC) has prepared
a guide to assist consumers to select a hospital: Helping You Choose
the Hospital For You.
You may visit their Web site at www.jointcommission.org or
The Agency for Health Research
and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead federal agency
responsible for research on how the health care system
is working including research on quality, cost, access,
use of services, and health care outcomes and patient safety.
AHRQ has a variety of resources for consumers, including
consumer guides for improved health and health care (for
example, a guide on questions to ask prior to surgery).
Information on health conditions, diseases, and quality
of care information is available at www.ahrq.gov/consumer/.
The Maryland Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is the State agency
responsible for the licensing and regulatory oversight
of Maryland hospitals through the Office of Health Care
Quality. Visit their Web site at www.dhmh.state.md.us/ohcq/ or
call toll-free 1-877-402-8218.
The Maryland Attorney General's
Office publishes the reports that are of value
for hospital patients', including a
guide to understanding your medical bill, what to do when
you are denied insurance coverage, and other
The Maryland Hospitals Association (MHA) is a hospital advocacy, resource
and quality improvement organization. A Web site is available
providing information on its activities at http://www.mhaonline.org or call 410-379-6200.
The Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland
Health Care System is a health care organization dedicated
to providing quality, compassionate, and accessible care and
service to Maryland's veterans. The VA has many medical centers
and outpatient clinics located throughout the state that all
work together to form a comprehensive health care delivery
system. Additional information about VA hospitals can be found
Office of the Inspector General
The mission of the Office of the Inspector General is to protect the integrity of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and promote standards that benefit the citizens of Maryland and beneficiaries of its programs.
The Maryland Insurance Administration
(MIA) is an independent State agency that regulates
Maryland's insurance industry and protects consumers by
ensuring that insurance companies and health plans act
in accordance with State insurance laws. You may visit
their Web site at www.mdinsurance.state.md.us or
call toll-free 1-800-492-6116. From the Web site home page,
click on the Consumer Information link to the left to find
information intended to help you make better insurance
The Maryland Medical Assistance
Programs are an integral part of the Maryland
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The programs provide
access to health care services for many of the State’s
low-income residents. This Web site contains information
about each program or service and provides instructions
on how and where to apply for benefits. Visit their Web
site at www.dhmh.state.md.us/mma/mmahome.html.
The Web site provides the names and telephone numbers of
the various agencies and companies who provide medical
Insurance provider websites also provide helpful benefit information on their respective websites.
The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services hosts the official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare, medicare.gov.
The Maryland Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene Board of Physicians’ mission
is to protect the health and safety of the citizens of
Maryland through strong enforcement of licensure standards
for physicians and allied health providers and an effective
disciplinary program. Visit the Board of Physician’s
Web site at www.mbp.state.md.us to
review license dates and any active disciplinary actions
for your doctor, therapist, pharmacist, etc.
The Maryland Center for Maternal
and Child Health is part of the Maryland Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene's Family Health Administration.
Its mission is to protect, promote and improve the health
and well-being of women, children and adolescents in Maryland.
The Center has online information about the first prenatal
visit, nutrition, common complaints, and problem signs.
The site can be accessed at http://fha.maryland.gov/mch
The La Leche League Web
is sponsored by La Leche League International, an international,
nonprofit, organization dedicated to providing education,
information, support, and encouragement to women who want
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration provides information on the proper
use of a child safety seat and how to buy a booster seat
on their Web site: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/CPS/.
The Department of Health and Human
Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web
site provides information on preventing birth defects.
Not all birth defects can be prevented, but a woman can
take some actions that increase her chance of having a
healthy baby. Many birth defects happen very early in pregnancy,
sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Remember
that about half of all pregnancies are unplanned. Visit
their Web site for parents at http:www.healthychildren.org
The American Academy of Pediatrics is
a physician's association committed to the attainment of
optimal physical, mental, and social health and well being
for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
A number of resources for the family can be found on their
Web site at http://www.aap.org/family/.
The American College of Nurse
Midwives site provides consumer information on
the role of a nurse midwife, how to locate a midwife, and
other information for expectant mothers and their families.
Find information on their Web site at http://www.midwife.org.
An organization committed to improving
maternal health. SaferMaternity hopes to
create a caring place for women and their families to share
their stories, their knowledge, and their dreams. To access
the site click here http://www.safermaternity.org
Awareness Network (ICAN). ICAN’s mission is to prevent unnecessary cesareans
through education and to support women who are healing from
past birth experiences. ICAN also provides information for
women who are planning a vaginal birth after cesarean. Their
web site is www.ican-online.org