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Positive Reception Greets Maryland Hospital-Quality Model’s First Year

November 12th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Today, the New England Journal of Medicine released an article on Maryland’s new All-Payer Model that is designed to encourage health system transformation by reducing barriers to coordinated and integrated care across providers and community service organizations. In the first year of the hospital model, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) found that quality at hospitals improved and that cost growth was constrained when compared with historic levels.

As a result of the new system, those who pay for hospital services in Maryland (such as individuals, business and insurers) are experiencing reduced hospital cost growth, and Maryland patients are receiving better hospital care with improved outcomes. Hospitals in the state are now more inclined to help patients after they are discharged to get appropriate care and services that they need outside of the hospital – so patients will not have to return to the hospital for that care. Under the new system, these types of results are good for both patients and hospitals.

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