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By Meredith Cohn | June 26, 2012
Baltimore Medical System won a nearly half-million grant to develop a program for patients with both chronic diseases and behavior health needs. The $498,906 from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will be used to develop a unique-in-the-state turn on patient centered medical homes, a model where a team of providers work to achieve better quality care for lower costs by coordinating patient care. The participants in this program will get integrated care blending primary care, psychiatric care, low-threshold counseling and social services.
By New York Times News Service | December 25, 2007
BOSTON -- State health officials across New England are on alert after dozens of cases of mumps have been confirmed or suspected in Maine. Fifteen cases have been confirmed in Maine since September, and 57 more are suspected, said Geoff Beckett, the assistant state epidemiologist. While no cases have been confirmed in other New England states since September, officials fear the disease could spread quickly, particularly because of the region's abundance of college students, who are thought to be at particular risk.
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 20, 2004
WASHINGTON - House and Senate negotiators have tucked a potentially far-reaching anti-abortion provision into a $388 billion must-pass spending bill, complicating plans for Congress to end its business and adjourn for the year. The provision may be an early indication of the growing political muscle of social conservatives who provided crucial support for Republican candidates, including President Bush, in the election. It expands to all hospitals, clinics and doctors a provision that currently applies to Catholic hospitals, which do not have to comply with a federal law that requires health care providers who receive taxpayer dollars to discuss the option of abortion with women if they inquire about it. The language also allows hospitals and health care providers to opt out of state and local laws that require them to provide abortions, abortion counseling or referrals.
February 12, 2014
Health care group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are taking a variety of innovative steps to mitigate the impact of generic drug shortages. All GPO contracts are voluntary and the product of competitive market negotiations. All hospitals can purchase "off contract" and often do. Contracts can be canceled and pricing regularly adjusted. Manufacturers regularly and quickly adjust pricing of GPO contracts when they experience shocks to production. ( "GPOs fuel drug shortages," Feb. 7)
By Patricia Meisol and Patricia Meisol,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1994
Faced with a deluge of opposition from angry doctors and health maintenance organizations, a state planning panel yesterday scrapped the idea of a six-month moratorium on new outpatient surgery centers.The chairman of the Maryland Health Resources Planning Commission, Marcia G. Pines, said its decision was not a signal to health care providers to flood the panel with applications to open the freestanding centers.If they do, she said, the planning staff would be unable to focus on the topic that prompted the proposed ban -- the financial impact of such centers on traditional providers and the need to devise a new health care delivery system in Maryland.
July 1, 2001
Public service video to show mobile clinic Mission of Mercy, the mobile medical clinic that makes several stops in Carroll County, is featured in a new video produced by Towson University. The video will be shown to service organizations, churches and civic groups in Mission of Mercy's service area, said David Liddle, chief executive officer. "Anyone who wants to know more about the health problems faced by the increasing of the uninsured should contact us," Liddle said. "By the time patients get to Mission of Mercy, they are desperate.
During the Katrina disaster, Robbie Prepas, a certified nurse midwife from California, delivered five babies in the New Orleans Airport and twins in an ambulance en route to Baton Rouge. She triaged several hundred pregnant moms by listening to their fetal heartbeats, providing antenatal and postpartum care. "I have worked in disaster situations all over the world, and Hurricane Katrina was the worst I have ever been involved in," said Ms. Prepas, a member of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.
WASHINGTON - Millions of low-income Americans would face the loss of health insurance or sharp cuts in benefits, such as coverage for prescription drugs and dental care, under proposals moving through state legislatures across the country. State officials and health policy experts say the cuts will increase the number of uninsured, threaten recent progress in covering children, and impose severe strains on hospitals, doctors and nursing homes. But those officials, confronting a third straight year of fiscal crisis, say they have no choice but to control Medicaid, the fast-growing program that provides health insurance for 50 million people.
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
State health officials are seeking the public's advice on how to deal with new federal guidelines expanding the number of young children deemed at risk of harm from low-level lead exposure. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering whether to have local health departments follow all young children testing positive for low levels of toxic lead in their bloodstream, or to leave the least exposed youngsters to doctors and other health care providers to track. Earlier this year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention effectively halved its long-standing threshold for acting on low-level lead exposure in young children.
December 22, 2013
A year ago, I wrote to the editor explaining my reason for changing my party registration from Republican to independent ("Why taxes drove me from the Republican Party," Dec. 13, 2012). Today, I'm writing to explain why I changed it back to Republican. First, I want my stepson, who has waited in line for years to get his green card legally, not to be delayed getting here because of any special consideration given to undocumented immigrants. Second, I do not want our veterans' benefits and pensions reduced by one cent.
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