April 29, 2016
Appreciation and Admiration
Next month, hospital leaders have two opportunities to honor the women and men who are the foundation of all that you do.
National Nurses Week kicks off May 6 to celebrate the far-reaching yet intimate role nurses play in helping your patients feel better, heal faster, and stay well. National surveys continue to place nurses at the top when it comes to the most trusted profession, according to Gallup polls measuring honesty and ethics in various fields. It is through the actions and words of nurses that trust between provider and patient is developed, and this is especially important in Maryland, where our field has been working hard to anticipate the needs of patients and communities on a deeper level. And often it is the nurse who is able to forge the connection that puts a face to your organization.
Two days later, on May 8, National Hospital Week begins. This event aims to show appreciation for all of the dedicated people - nurses, physicians, therapists, technicians, engineers, food service and environmental workers, volunteers, administrators and others - who make your organizations work. Hospitals have long been viewed as trusted community institutions, even as the tumult of national health care reform and the care delivery transformation underway in Maryland has upturned hospitals' traditional role.
In this political season, pundits would say that hospitals and nurses have very high "favorables." That's a terrific starting point for any organization.
Plenty of National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week promotional tools can help you call attention to these events - two more ways to connect with your community and invite them to learn more about how your hospital is changing to meet their needs, and about the women and men who are responsible for that change. (For our part, MHA will be utilizing social media to spread the word about these events.)
This is also a time to pause and say, "Thank you," in any way you can, to the people who make your organization a very special place of care, compassion and healing.

New HSCRC Chair to Speak at MHA's Annual Meeting
Newly-appointed Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) Chair Nelson Sabatini will speak at MHA's Annual Membership Meeting June 14. He will discuss the next steps on the hospital All-Payer Model agreement (the Medicare waiver) as Maryland moves beyond a hospital spending focus and toward holding costs down across all providers. In a conversation with MHA's Carmela Coyle, Sabatini will share his views as the state begins to identify statewide goals and negotiate the next phase with the federal government.
If you need overnight accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel, the reservation deadline is May 14. Hotel contact information can be found in the annual meeting brochure. Click HERE to register for the meeting.
Contact: Kathy Gotwalt
CRISP to Hold Webinar on Hospital Portal
The Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) will hold a webinar Tuesday, May 3, at noon to discuss the care coordination tools available to providers in Maryland and how your organization can leverage these tools under the CMS waiver. The webinar will include sample user scenarios and how to get started. The webinar is free but registration is required.
Contact: Paul Cummings
MedStar Executive Honored
Dennis Pullin, president of MedStar Harbor Hospital and senior vice president of MedStar Health, was honored earlier this month at the third annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala. The event, which was hosted in Baltimore by BlackDoctor.org and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to medicine and health. The 2016 honorees were identified and selected by alumni from the 2014 and 2015 Top Blacks in Healthcare award recipients as well as key individuals from partner organizations such as the National Medical Association, Johns Hopkins University and the American Hospital Association.
CMS Webinar Will Address Star Ratings
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has opened registration for a May 12 webinar on its overall hospital quality "star ratings" methodology. During the 90-minute webinar, which begins at 1 p.m., presenters will explain the methodology used to generate the summary rating for individual hospitals and changes to the preview reports for the next data preview period. CMS last week delayed the release of the ratings until at least July in response to concerns raised by the AHA, Congress and others about its methodology.
Current Systems and Staff, and Population Health
Population health has, for the most part, been discussed in terms of the design and financing of the overall system, but it also refers to the future of care and care delivery.

Prime Offers Solutions for Market Analyses, Intelligence and Forecasting
Prime's affiliate, MedAssets, has acquired Sg2, a leading provider of health care market intelligence, strategic analytics and clinical consulting services. Sg2 delivers an easy access platform of predictive analytics and consulting services that helps more than 1,400 hospitals and health systems - from small community hospitals to large integrated delivery networks - understand current and future market dynamics and capitalize on opportunities for growth and performance.

House Committee Approves AHA-backed Bills to Prevent Opioid Deaths, Dependency
The House Energy and Commerce Committee this week approved two additional AHA-supported bills as part of its legislative package to address the opioid epidemic.

My Eastern Shore MD, April 22
The Baltimore Sun, By Jay Hancock, April 23
Kaiser Health News, By Shefali Luthra and Jeremy Snow, April 25
NPR, April 25
The Baltimore Sun, By Meredith Cohn, April 26
The Baltimore Sun, By Meredith Cohn, April 26
The Baltimore Sun, By Andrea K. McDaniels, April 28