Secretary Robert Neall has announced the appointment of Dr. Howard Haft as the new executive director for the Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP) and Fran Phillips as the new deputy secretary for Public Health Services. For more information, click here.
MD Department of Health Appointments Announced
Governor Larry Hogan, Federal Government Sign Maryland Model All-Payer Contract
The new five-year contract for an innovative healthcare provider payment system is expected to save $1 billion, lower costs, and improve quality for consumers. Learn more about this unique and innovative model here.
CMS Launches Data Element Library
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the agency’s first Data Element Library (DEL), a free database that supports the exchange of electronic health information. Learn more about this resource from CMS.
Function Focused Care Training for ALs
Opportunity available for training for Assisted Living communities in the area of function focused care. Get more information here.
Maryland 3% Rate Increase Approved
LifeSpan Network applauds Gov. Hogan for his approval of a 3% rate increase for long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers as part of the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget. Read about it here.
Training on Discharge Planning for SNFs
Guidance in creating discharge plans? Yes, please! Register now to reserve your seat at one of two Improving Nursing Home Discharge Planning trainings being offered this summer.
Opioid Use Among Older Adults
There is an increased risk of falls or death among older adults using opioids, reports this article.
What you need to know about medical marijuana in Maryland nursing homes.
Paid Sick Leave Law
DLLR has posted the following guidance on their website for implementation of the new Paid Sick Leave law, effective February 11, 2018:
2018 All Payor
HHS and Maryland have entered into an agreement to continue Maryland’s All Payor Contract under the current terms for one additional year, through December 31, 2019. Get the details here