1. The Health Services Costs Review Commission (HSCRC), which sets rates for hospitals in Maryland, has approved a one-time $100 million rate adjustment from the current rate year for hospitals. This adjustment is temporary and will be removed on July 1, 2022. The Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) requested this increase due to higher than expected inflation costs, which directly contribute to the tight labor market and the need for raise salaries to retain and recruit. personnel to fill shortages exacerbated by the most recent outbreak of COVID-19.
2. The Maryland Department of Health received a $1.1 million grant from the United States Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention to strengthen efforts to improve maternal health outcomes. These funds will be used to support multidisciplinary reviews of pregnancy-related deaths to understand the causes of maternal mortality. This initiative aligns with Maryland’s Total Cost of Care Model, as maternal and child health is the third population health priority area under the integrated, state-wide health improvement strategy. State. This strategy identifies priority areas where health care system stakeholders are focusing on improving health outcomes, addressing disparities, and reducing statewide health care costs.