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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
The Maryland Hospital Association has sent a letter to state health officials saying it will not support a proposal that would link medical spending to the state's economic growth. The state presented the proposal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March as part of an application to update its Medicare waiver, an agreement with the federal government unique to Maryland that allows the state to set uniform hospital rates. The hospital association has said in the past the proposal raises concerns, but the April 25 letter is the first time the group publicly said it would not support it. The letter is addressed to Health Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein and John M. Colmers, chairman of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, the agency that sets hospital rates in Maryland.
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SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
Right-hander Zach Clark had a crazy week -- he went from being promoted to the majors, to pitching in his first big league game, to being designated for assignment and then finally to clearing waivers on Monday. The 29-year-old UMBC graduate has been sent to Double-A Bowie, where he'll work on throwing a knuckleball. After parts of eight seasons in the minors, Clark made his debut with the Orioles on Wednesday in Seattle and allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings. He was taken off the 40-man roster to make room for Freddy Garcia.
NEWS
By Zainab Choudry and Saqib Ali | April 29, 2013
A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would allow a foreign country, Israel, to discriminate against select groups of American citizens - including Americans who have expressed criticism of its policies. Disappointingly, the bill, S.B. 462 (also known as the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013), is co-sponsored by Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin. Those who stand to be most affected by this piece of legislation are Arab Americans and Muslim Americans. However, it may also apply to individuals who wish to visit or work in Israel and/or the Palestinian territories that Israel has occupied since 1967.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2013
NEW YORK -- The Orioles have claimed right-hander Alex Burnett off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays, the club announced before Friday's game at Yankee Stadium. In order to make room for Burnett, who will report to Triple-A Norfolk, on the 40-man roster, the club transferred designated hitter Wilson Betemit to the 60-day disabled list. Betemit suffered a Grade 2/3 PCL tear in his right knee during the final week of spring training. Burnett, 25, was 4-4 with a 3.52 ERA and 10 holds last season with the Twins, allowing 71 hits over 72 1/3 relief innings.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown - who has had two season-ending injuries in his college career - has been granted a medical hardship waiver permitting him a sixth season of eligibility, according to the school. The waiver will allow Brown to return for another season after 2013. “It's really good news, and I feel good for him," Terps coach Randy Edsall said. "I'm glad we got that taken care of now, and that's something we don't have to worry about. When I pulled him out of the meeting and told him, he was thrilled and excited about it.” Brown, a team captain whose father was a Michigan State quarterback, was the presumptive starter last August when he tore an anterior cruciate ligament while making a cut during a preseason practice.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2013
A state plan to tie medical spending to the growth of the economy is making hospital executives uneasy. Executives support the spirit of the plan proposed by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which seeks to reduce health spending by shifting patient care away from their facilities and toward more outpatient and preventive care. But they worry that its spending goals are too aggressive, and that they can't be attained in the time period the state has laid out. And they say it lacks necessary details on key elements, including how hospitals can be expected to limit spending increases to state economic growth.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2013
The Orioles have lost right-hander Todd Redmond, who was on the team's 40-man roster, on waivers as he was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays, according to an industry source. Redmond allowed five earned runs and eight hits with eight strikeouts and four walks in eight Grapefruit League innings before he was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. The 27-year-old Redmond was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Feb. 8 from the Reds. He made his major league debut with Cincinnati last season - making his first and only big league start - on Aug. 18 in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2013
Tommy Hunter, the Orioles' affable and outspoken right-hander, has a simple plea for team management as it begins to craft the 2013 roster. "I don't want to go anywhere. Don't trade me away. That's all I am asking," Hunter says with a smile, ratcheting up his voice an octave for wistful effect. "I don't want to leave. I like Baltimore. I like the city. This is a good fit. The guys are good and they bring in people that care. " No question Hunter cares. As goofy as he can be off the field, he's the opposite on it, a fierce competitor who, like most young pitchers, sometimes can be his worst enemy.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- When the Orioles claimed Russ Canzler off waivers last week, the 26-year-old first baseman-outfielder had been planning to spend spring training in Tampa with the Yankees. He had already booked his housing, his transportation, everything. But Canzler has become used to being flexible during a zany offseason that included him being placed on waivers four times. He's been claimed each time. Since mid-December, Canzler was on the 40-man rosters of the Indians, Blue Jays, Indians again, Yankees and then the Orioles.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Trayvon Robinson suited up for the first time as an Oriole on Saturday and took part in the first official full-squad workout, but the outfielder had hoped to be in camp a lot earlier after being acquired in the November deal that sent infielder Robert Andino to the Seattle Mariners. Instead, he had to clear waivers after the Orioles outrighted him last week to make room for pitcher Todd Redmond , a move that had to leave him wondering just where he might fit with a team that has a dozen outfielders in major league camp.
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