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Health System Transformation

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed or lost within our health care system? You are not alone. We all want a system that gives us what we need, when we need it – no more and no less.

Maryland is taking the steps to find a better way. Our first step in creating a more coordinated health care system starts with your local hospital.

Recently, the state created a new system to motivate your local hospital to work more closely with all the other care providers in your community. The goal is to make the whole system work better for you and your family.

In its role in protecting the public’s interest, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (an independent state agency) is helping providers adjust to this new model and is working with hospitals to ensure high quality care.

Maryland’s new health care system puts you in charge of your care.

These changes will make it easier to stay in charge of your care – and your life. We want you to know you can count on the care system to provide what you need, when you need it and to keep your information private.

But getting there takes active citizens who care about the health of their communities. We need to get together and learn what each community needs.  When you speak up about your needs and others join in, the services that are most needed will be visible and the community and its hospital can act on that.

We need to take advantage of this rare chance to change our health care system into a source of pride and strength for our communities and better health for you and the people you love.

Want more information?

Read about our public forums!

We hosted a series of forums in 2016 about Maryland’s new health care system. Click here to see the the minutes, handouts, and presentations.

We also hosted forums in 2015. Read the final report which was presented to the Health Services Cost Review Commission in September, 2015 or click here to view the minutes, handouts, and presentations from the forums.

Learn about the Faith Community Health Network!

Faith communities already minister to their members and community in ways that are consistent with the goals of better coordinated care under health system transformation. Working with LifeBridge Health, we are working to build a network between congregations and local providers to prevent avoidable hospitalizations. We hope you and your faith community join us in this effort! Read the background paper here.

Resources

Maryland Hospital Association

The Maryland Hospital Association has information on all of their member hospitals as well as a helpful “Waiver Watch” performance dashboard. They also have interesting YouTube videos that help explain the changes that are underway in hospitals across the state.

Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission

The Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission is the independent watch-dog that is overseeing the implementation of the new waiver. They are in charge of setting rates and making sure that hospitals continue to deliver the highest quality of care.  Those interested in getting more involved in the nitty-gritty issues around implementation of the waiver can check this site for white papers, committee/taskforce/workgroup/advisory council meetings and more.

Maryland Health Care Commission

The Maryland Health Care Commission has a great embedded consumer guide site designed to help consumers shop around to see how hospitals compare on costs and quality. They are involved in coordinating these major changes with the rest of the health care system and also have opportunities for public engagement detailed on their site.

OpinionWorks

Do you want more easy-to-understand information about changes in our health care system? You’re not alone. OpinionWorks conducted independent, regional focus groups to get more feedback on how to talk about these changes. Click here to read their report.