Maryland Moves Forward With New Hospital Cost Containment Plan

On January 10, 2014, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) moved forward with a cost containment plan affecting all hospitals in the state and all payers. The plan will seek to reduce hospital admissions and related costs by implementing multiple global payment strategies. The plan, approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will allow the state to modernize its unique all-payer rate-setting system for hospital services. For the past 36 years, the state has had a Medicare waiver allowing the state . . .

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