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Maryland Health Care Commission releases annual report on spending and use of health care services in Maryland’s privately fully-insured market for 2016

Maryland Health Care Commission Awards Medication Reconciliation and Management Telehealth Grant

10 Maryland Hospitals Improve in National Patient Safety Score Card;3 Hospitals Receive “A” Grades

Maryland Health Care Commission releases annual report on spending and use of health care services in Maryland’s privately fully-insured market for 2016

Baltimore, Maryland (May 30, 2018). The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) is committed to analyzing and reporting health care costs and quality in Maryland. The MHCC published a report on spending and utilization of health care services in Maryland’s privately fully-insured market for 2016. This report contains information on the individual health insurance market, both through the Maryland Health Connection (Exchange) and through policies sold in the individual market outside of the Maryland Health Connection (Off-Exchange). It also contains information on small group and large group health insurance plans that are fully insured.

This report, part of a series of annual reports using data from the Maryland Medical Care Data Base (MCDB), shows that health care costs continued to increase in Maryland in 2016, although rate of the increase was less than the rate of increase in 2014 and 2015. Overall, per capita spending on health care increased by 5 percent. Spending per capita declined for hospital inpatient services, labs, and imaging, but increased for hospital outpatient services, physician services, and retail prescriptions. Unit cost decreased for outpatient services but the per person spending did not decrease for outpatient services due to increases in utilization of these services. Per capita spending in the individual market, including Exchange and off-Exchange products, climbed by 12 percent. Spending in the DC metro area was higher than in other regions in the state. Additional information on disease burden, individual out-of-pocket costs, and other topics are available in the report.

About MHCC
The MHCC is a 15 member, independent State regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access to care in a rapidly changing health care environment. The Commission’s goals for Maryland include improving patients’ health status, reducing health disparities, and creating efficiencies in health care delivery.

Maryland Health Care Commission Awards Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders Telehealth Grant

Mosaic Services, Inc. will receive grant funding to demonstrate the impact of using telehealth technology to expand access to medication-assisted treatment prescribers for underserved Maryland residents in Montgomery County.

Baltimore, Maryland (May 18, 2018) The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) is committed to advancing statewide efforts to address the opioid crisis. The MHCC announced the award of a grant to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) through telehealth.  The award was in response to a competitive grant announcement released in January 2018. The grant will operate May 2018 through November 2019. Funding for the project is approximately $346,000.

The grantee, Mosaic Community Services, Inc., in collaboration with the Montgomery County Core Service Agency, plans to use telehealth technology to connect a Baltimore area prescriber to a new treatment facility located in Montgomery County, where there is currently a shortage of prescribers.  The project aims to increase access to MAT, an evidence-based form of addiction treatment, by providing telehealth services, establishing telehealth protocols for addiction treatment providers, and encouraging primary care providers to become certified to provide MAT through the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Increasing access to MAT is intended to improve retention of clients receiving treatment and reduce the occurrence of relapses.

About MHCC
The MHCC is a 15 member, independent State regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access to care in a rapidly changing health care environment.  The Commission’s goals for Maryland include improving patients’ health status, reducing health disparities, and creating efficiencies in health care delivery.

Contact
Angela Evatt ;angela.evatt@maryland.gov; 410-764-3574

10 Maryland Hospitals Improve in National Patient Safety Score Card; 3 Hospitals Receive “A” Grades

Baltimore, MD (April 24, 2018) The Leapfrog Group released today the spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

Maryland hospitals have shown notable improvements since first receiving safety grades in the fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades report. 

Ten hospitals improved their patient safety grades compared to the fall 2017 release. Three hospitals received a letter grade of “A” (Howard County General Hospital, Northwest Hospital, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital). Ten Maryland hospitals received a “B” grade. This is just the second time that Maryland hospitals have been included in this report.

Some of the data included in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades is supplied by the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC). The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades compliment quality and safety data that the MHCC makes available to consumers at https://healthcarequality.mhcc.maryland.gov/.Commission Chair Robert Moffit observed “The Commission, in serving our citizens, has made transparency in hospital price and performance a top priority for the state of Maryland. This kind of public information can establish new and higher benchmarks for further progress.” Ben Steffen, the Executive Director of MHCC stated: “New initiatives in Maryland are seeming to gain momentum on patient safety.”

Background

The Leapfrog Group generates national Hospital Patient Safety Grades biannually. Hospital safety grades are calculated based on medical errors, accidents, injuries, and infections. Leapfrog produced grades for 41 acute care hospitals in Maryland. To view patient safety grades for all Maryland hospitals, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades allow Maryland consumers and business to compare Maryland hospitals against hospitals in the region and the nation. 

Prior to fall 2017, Maryland hospitals were not included in Leapfrog’s report due to the federal waiver exempting Maryland hospitals from participating in the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. Beginning in 2017, the Maryland Health Care Commission generated the missing measures from the Maryland Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data Set, which is maintained by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC). Leapfrog used these results in combination with patient experience measures, and hospital associated infection measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to produce composite hospital patient safety scores ranging from A to F.

Contacts

For questions, please contact Megan Renfrew, MHCC’s Chief of Government Affairs and Special Projects, at megan.renfrew@maryland.gov or 410-764-3483.

For questions about Leapfrog, please contact Missy Danforth, Vice President, Health Care Ratings, Leapfrog Group, at mdanforth@leapfroggroup.org.

More information about the Maryland Health Care Commission is available at http://mhcc.maryland.gov/. Follow the Maryland Health Care Commission on Twitter and Facebook.


Last Updated: 5/31/2018