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By M. WILLIAM SALGANIK and M. WILLIAM SALGANIK,SUN REPORTER | July 13, 2006
Outpatients are receiving more services when they visit Maryland hospitals, driving up their overall bills so rapidly that state regulators want to take action. The collective outpatient bill at Maryland hospitals rose 14.15 percent in the 12 months that ended April 30 - nearly double the 8.43 percent increase in inpatient charges, according to data presented yesterday at a meeting of the Health Services Cost Review Commission. Outpatient care accounts for about 30 percent of the state's hospital spending of more than $10 billion a year.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,kelly.brewington@baltsun.com | January 28, 2009
Maryland officials plan to close Baltimore's only public psychiatric hospital, relocating some patients to state facilities in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties while forcing outpatient alcohol and drug treatment programs housed there to find new homes. The plan, detailed in Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget for next year, calls for shuttering the 51-bed in- patient facility at the Walter P. Carter Center downtown. Outpatient mental health programs, which serve thousands throughout the city, will have to move elsewhere by July 2010, when officials plan to close the center.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 21, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Relief is in sight for elderly people who, in recent years, have been forced to pay a large and rapidly growing share of the bills for hospital outpatient services such as cataract surgery, hernia operations and all sorts of diagnostic tests.The budget bill now moving through Congress would impose new limits on what Medicare beneficiaries pay for such services. Beneficiaries are ordinarily responsible for 20 percent of what the government determines to be a reasonable amount for care provided under Part B of Medicare, which covers doctors' services.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | January 4, 2009
The Baltimore Washington Medical Center has nearly doubled its size with the completion of a $117 million expansion that will accommodate more critical care patients and increase space for its outpatient services, at a time when the hospital has seen an increase in the demand for health care. And as part of the expansion, for the first time since the 1960s the hospital will be a designated birthing center. A labor and delivery unit is expected to open in the fall. (Although the hospital doesn't currently have a delivery unit, about 20 to 25 women give birth each year at the hospital through its emergency department, according to hospital officials.
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October 5, 2008
Upper Chesapeake Health has opened its newest addition to the Bel Air campus with an 84,000-square-foot outpatient facility developed and leased through a joint venture of MacKenzie Corp. and Kinsley Construction. Physicians Pavilion II is on the fourth and fifth floors of the recently completed garage building next to the Ambulatory Care Center at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. Outpatient-based services will be on the fifth floor. The new outpatient area is designed to accommodate more than 25,500 estimated visits per year.
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February 24, 1991
Patricia M. Kasuda of Glen Burnie, North Arundel Hospital's directorof Community Services, was awarded a Governor's Citation for her volunteer work on the county Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council.The citation recognizes her commitment to the residents of the county in addressing the problem of substance abuse.Employed by North Arundel for the past 17 years, Kasuda helped establish the Chemical Dependency Unit and other support services for chemically dependent people. In 1988, she was promoted to the positionof direAtor, and serves as liaison between the hospital and its outpatient services, located in the hospital's professional center.
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May 21, 2000
Behavioral health unit at hospital will hold open house Carroll County General Hospital's newest unit, Behavioral Health Outpatient Services, will hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday on the 4 North wing of the hospital. The specially designed unit features seven classrooms, offices, a conference room, and a receptionist/waiting area, all overlooking the Carroll County Farm Museum across the street. Opening remarks and a ribbon cutting will take place at 5:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Staff Writer | November 30, 1993
Howard County General Hospital on Thursday will sign a formal agreement with the University of Maryland creating a regional oncology center expected to open to cancer patients late next year.Thursday's signing will be the next step in a long-range effort by Howard County General to better serve cancer patients from throughout the region, according to Victor Broccolino, president of the 223-bed hospital."Part of our strategic plan is to become a [well-established] regional oncology center by the end of the century," said Mr. Broccolino.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 20, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Adding new fuel to the budget debate, the largest suppliers of private health insurance supplements to Medicare said yesterday that their premiums would rise by an average of 30 percent next year.The increase was disclosed by the American Association of Retired Persons and Prudential Insurance Company of America, which provides supplemental coverage to 3.1 million members of the association.Other companies are also raising premiums for these policies, which help fill gaps in Medicare by paying hospital charges, doctors' bills and other expenses not covered by the government program.
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By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | December 21, 2000
Anne Arundel County will expand substance abuse treatment programs to about 400 residents who now can't afford it, local Health Department officials said yesterday in announcing a $1 million state grant. "This is a good day, it's a day for changing lives," Health Officer Frances B. Phillips said shortly after the county received the gift-wrapped check during a briefing in Crownsville. "Substance abuse touches every family in this county." About 24,000 county residents need substance abuse treatment, but one-fourth have received such services, the department estimates.
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October 5, 2008
Upper Chesapeake Health has opened its newest addition to the Bel Air campus with an 84,000-square-foot outpatient facility developed and leased through a joint venture of MacKenzie Corp. and Kinsley Construction. Physicians Pavilion II is on the fourth and fifth floors of the recently completed garage building next to the Ambulatory Care Center at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. Outpatient-based services will be on the fifth floor. The new outpatient area is designed to accommodate more than 25,500 estimated visits per year.
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By M. WILLIAM SALGANIK and M. WILLIAM SALGANIK,SUN REPORTER | July 13, 2006
Outpatients are receiving more services when they visit Maryland hospitals, driving up their overall bills so rapidly that state regulators want to take action. The collective outpatient bill at Maryland hospitals rose 14.15 percent in the 12 months that ended April 30 - nearly double the 8.43 percent increase in inpatient charges, according to data presented yesterday at a meeting of the Health Services Cost Review Commission. Outpatient care accounts for about 30 percent of the state's hospital spending of more than $10 billion a year.
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By M. WILLIAM SALGANIK and M. WILLIAM SALGANIK,SUN REPORTER | April 7, 2006
Seeking to catch up with a trend of booming outpatient services, University of Maryland Medicine is completing plans for a $200 million, eight-story ambulatory care center on the western edge of downtown. The hospital sees the center as a way to draw more patients. "Outpatient services, if they're well organized, become the front door to everything," said Trent C. Smith, senior vice president and chief operating officer for ambulatory care for University of Maryland Medical Center. Plans for the center are scheduled to go before the city's Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel next week.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 22, 2002
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is proposing deep reductions in Medicare payments for a wide range of drugs and medical devices used to treat people who are elderly or disabled. The proposed cuts are part of a new system of paying hospitals for outpatient services. With advances in medical technology, hospitals report explosive growth in the number and kinds of procedures that can be performed in outpatient clinics, without the need for an overnight stay. Outpatient care accounts for nearly half the revenue at some hospitals.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2001
With the county's population growing and hospital admissions rising, Carroll County General Hospital is embarking on a $35 million expansion that will create a new emergency department, add 30 beds and improve outpatient services and parking. Plans for the project were submitted in a certificate of need filed with Maryland Healthcare Commission late last month. If approved, building would begin in January. The expansion would be paid for with a combination of hospital reserves and bonds secured through the county, said David Horn, vice president of marketing and business development for the hospital.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2001
With the county's population growing and hospital admissions rising, Carroll County General Hospital is embarking on a $35 million expansion that will create a new emergency department, add 30 beds and improve outpatient services and parking. Plans for the project were submitted in a certificate of need filed with Maryland Healthcare Commission late last month. If approved, building would begin in January. The expansion would be paid for with hospital reserves and bonds secured through the county, said David Horn, vice president of marketing and business development for the hospital.
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By New York Times News Service | June 9, 1991
WASHINGTON -- In a new effort to rein in soaring Medicare costs, the Bush administration has devised a plan to pay hospitals standard fees for outpatient services as routine as X-rays and laboratory tests and as elaborate as chemotherapy and surgery.Since the government put similar controls on payments for in-hospital care in 1983, doctors have shifted many services to hospitals' outpatient clinics, which are not covered by the controls.From 1985 to 1990, Medicare spending for outpatient services grew three times as fast as spending for patients admitted to hospitals.
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By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | December 21, 2000
Anne Arundel County will expand substance abuse treatment programs to about 400 residents who now can't afford it, local Health Department officials said yesterday in announcing a $1 million state grant. "This is a good day, it's a day for changing lives," Health Officer Frances B. Phillips said shortly after the county received the gift-wrapped check during a briefing in Crownsville. "Substance abuse touches every family in this county." About 24,000 county residents need substance abuse treatment, but one-fourth have received such services, the department estimates.
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