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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.
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NEWS
By Katie Huffling | July 19, 2012
Imagine you are a nurse working in an emergency room, and a worker on a gas fracking well comes in covered in chemicals used in the drilling process. You call the gas company to find out what chemicals are being used to help in your assessment of possible health risks to your patient, and even yourself, but find out they don't have to disclose this information. Or, imagine you are a public health nurse in a community with many natural gas fracking wells, and you notice complaints of well-water contamination.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By THERESA SHAVER AND ADRIENNE OLECK | May 14, 2006
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.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 28, 2003
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.
FEATURES
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 30, 2004
The third annual Bea Gaddy Day, held in tribute to the woman who was hailed as the "Mother Teresa of Baltimore," will be held Saturday, marked by a citywide collection of non- perishable food, free health screenings and live entertainment. Gaddy, who fed thousands of needy people every Thanksgiving and ran a shelter for women and children, died of breast cancer Oct. 3, 2001, at the age of 68. Food will be collected at scores of locations throughout Baltimore, but the center of this year's celebration, led by City Council President Sheila Dixon, will be Mondawmin Mall, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave., where activities will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the mall, several area health care providers will be conducting free screenings, including: Maryland General Hospital, which will provide mammograms, cervical pap smears, diabetes, cholesterol, pregnancy and high-blood-pressure screenings; Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, which will provide mammograms (call 410-955-1348 for an appointment)
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