Calendar of Events

State-Wide Webinars, Events, & Funding Opportunities

Monday, February 19, 2018 at 5:00pm EST: The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) Grant applications are due 
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorders Supported by Mobile Devices (TeleMAT). Funding is for a total of up to $150,000 and requires a 1:1 financial match rate, among other things. Letters of Intent (LOI) from prime applicants are appreciated by January 22, 2018 at 5:00pm EST. More information.

Friday, February 23,2018: HRSA Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network, specifically network participants who do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts. The Network Planning program promotes the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Information about the Planning Program.

Thursday – Friday, March 29 – 30, 2018: Open Forum for Quality Improvement in Public Health
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) will host the 16th annual Open Forum for Quality Improvement (QI) and Innovation in Public Health. This event highlights leaders in the QI field who help shape quality and innovation in public health. Last year, MDH Public Health Services (PHS) led a round table discussion about PHS’s process for developing a QI plan. This year, Maryland will present at two sessions. The titles of the presentations are:
1. Application of Psychological Theories to Structuring Quality Improvement
2. Streamlining Documentation and Communication of Quality Improvement Projects.
Registration is open until February 16, 2018, but will close sooner if maximum capacity is reached.

Thursday-Saturday, April 15-17, 2018: MATRC Telehealth Summit
SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 MATRC Telehealth Summit “Telehealth on Trial”. Summit participants will be drawn into lively discussion and be challenged in your current understanding of hot topics such as Privacy, Security, HIPAA, Standards of Care, Stark Laws, Anti-Trust, and Licensing and Credentialing as they relate to telehealth. The conference will be April 15-17, 2018 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. Discounted Early Bird Registration ends January 19, 2018. To learn more and register, visit the MATRC Summit website.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018: HRSA School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program
FY 2019 SBHCC awards will increase access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services in operational school-based health centers (SBHCs), by funding minor alteration/renovation (A/R) projects and/or purchase of moveable equipment, including telehealth equipment. Applicants must demonstrate how their proposal will support the provision of effective, efficient, quality health care, and lead to improvements in access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services at the SBHC site(s). For more information visit: Innovating Funding Partners

Ongoing Programs

Kresge Foundation: Developing Healthy Places Grant
The quality of one’s health is determined by multiple factors: the natural environment, lifestyle, genetic factors and, to a small degree, medical care. Yet, for many people, it is the conditions in which they live that most inhibit their health. Their neighborhoods have limited access to affordable fresh food, safe places for recreation, high-quality education and living-wage jobs. They may be exposed to environmental hazards due to the proximity of polluting industries and substandard housing. Addressing these conditions begins to promote health equity among people in low-income neighborhoods and fosters improved health for entire communities. Through this focus area, we support three initiatives: 1) Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods, 2) Healthy Food Systems that benefit low-income communities, 3) Equitable Transportation and Land Use.  More information available HERE.

Health Quality Innovators:
Improving healthcare takes technical skill and clinical knowledge. Making health quality breakthroughs calls for creativity. We take a different approach to every healthcare provider because each one is different. But our goal is always the same: to create a spark that ignites lasting change.
Leave Behind Widget Cards
Resource Center Info Card
HQI Final Rule Announcement

Home is Where the Heart Is: Insights on the Coordination and Delivery of Home Health Services in Rural America:
Access to home health in rural areas is an important public policy concern, particularly with the growing number of older adults residing in rural America. This qualitative study seeks to better understand how home health services are provided in rural areas, and identifies facilitators and barriers to providing care. Rural home health agency administrators and discharge planners reported a variety of challenges with providing home health services to rural Medicare beneficiaries, including insufficient reimbursement, Medicare requirements, and recruiting and retaining an adequate workforce. External financial support, affiliation with a hospital, integrated EHR systems, and strong relationships with hospitals were identified as facilitators for providing rural home health services. The facilitators and challenges identified in this study offer insights about the delivery of home health services in rural communities that should be considered by policy makers, innovators, and providers as rural healthcare evolves. The study can be read in full HERE.

Rural Hospital Insurance of America
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and HealthSure announce the creation of a new risk and insurance management program available to all rural hospitals in  America. Called Rural Hospital Insurance of America (RHIA), the program’s overarching purpose is to ensure rural hospitals, stay safely ahead of the game. The RHIA program is offered to all rural and critical access hospitals nationwide (NRHA membership is not required). Its mission is to keep all American rural and critical access hospitals safely ahead of the game. Program members benefit from group buying power, access to innovative, class-leading solutions, and the collective wisdom that comes from decades of dedication to rural hospital success. More information can be found HERE.

Stem the Tide – Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has developed a toolkit to provide guidance and resources to hospitals and health systems on how to work with patients, clinicians, and communities to step the opioid epidemic. The toolkit will be updated regularly to help the field move forward in addressing the opioid epidemic in communities. The resources included in this toolkit were vetted by a multidisciplinary team of experts. Information is categorized into topic areas, including:

  • Clinician education on prescribing practices;
    • Non-opioid pain management;
    • Addressing stigma;
    • Patient, family, and caregiver education; and,
    • Collaborating with communities.

Access the toolkit HERE. For additional information on available resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery of substance use, visit the MDH webpage HERE.

Board Meetings

February 27, 2018 “All Day” Strategic Planning Meeting: Maryland Hospital Association, 6820 Deerpath Road Elkridge, MD 21075
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10AM-11:30AM: Conference Call
June 26, 2018 10AM-12PM: Maryland Hospital Association, 6820 Deerpath Road Elkridge, MD 21075

Committee Meetings:

Legislative Committee: Every 2 weeks during session. Next call on February 23, 2018 12:00PM-12:30PM
Conference Planning Committee: Every 3-4 weeks during conference spring planning months.