Harford County Organizations Receive Grants to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Early on Wednesday, Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford announced that the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) will be distributing $5.5 million dollars to opioid and substance abuse projects throughout the state. Three Harford County institutions, Harford County Government, the UMUCH/Klein Family Harford Crisis Center, and Addictions Connections Resource, Inc., are receiving over $400,000 combined to fund their anti-opioid programs. According to their project summary, the Klein Family Harford Crisis Center in Bel Air…

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Learn to Save a Life with Overdose and CPR Training at #MACoCon

Join in and learn how to save a life! MACo’s Winter Conference will offer an interactive training session on hands-only CPR and administering Naloxone. “Stayin’ Alive” - Learn to Save a Life with Naloxone Training for Opioid Overdoses and Hands-Only CPR Receive in-person, hands-on training and certification in recognizing and responding to opioid overdose with Naloxone. This prescription medication can safely and effectively reverse an opioid overdose. Participants will receive a certificate and a kit…

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CareFirst’s Healthworx Partners with D.C.’s Halcyon Incubator to Support Healthcare Startups

Healthworx, the corporate investment and innovation arm of MACo's Gold Corporate Partner CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, plans to provide $200,000 to emerging healthcare startups in it's recent partnership with the Halcyon Incubator, a Washington, D.C.-based fellowship program for entrepreneurs. From CareFirst's website: The partnership between Healthworx and Halcyon ensures that one of the eight slots in each of the next four cohorts to join Halcyon is dedicated to an innovative venture in the healthcare sector and…

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Healthworx: Innovation and Partnerships at CareFirst

CareFirst will host a session on innovation and partnerships at MACo's Summer Conference as part of MACo's Solutions Showcase. MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather to discuss advancements and changes being seen at all levels of government, from cybersecurity to Phase III WIP to school funding. Healthworx: Innovation and Partnerships…

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Report Ranks the Health of Maryland Counties

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin's Health Institute, have released the second annual report of health rankings for U.S. counties, providing a snapshot of local health conditions. The rankings are determined on a model of population health that emphasizes individual health behaviors, education and jobs, quality of health care, and the environment.  According to the 2011 County Health Rankings report for Maryland the top five healthiest counties are as…

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End of Session Update: Health Legislation

A previous post summarized the status of various health bills that MACo took a position on.    Now that the dust has settled, this post provides the final status of these bills. Ambulance Service Providers and Assignment of Benefits:  HB 83/SB 154 would require health insurers to reimburse an ambulance provider (must be owned, operated,or under the jurisdiction of a political subdivision or a volunteer fire company or rescue squad) directly for covered services.  If an ambulance…

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“Last Day” Issues Wrap Up

As reported yesterday by MACo, a number of issues with county effect remained in play prior to the midnight deadline for the General Assembly session.  Below is an overview of how each of those bills ultimately played out: Maintenance of Effort – As reported yesterday, three bills were awaiting  final action. MACo supported HB 44 and SB 53 as a legislative initiative, to expand and balance the process for considering county MOE waiver requests —and…

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Session Update: Health Legislation

This post summarizes the status of various health bills that MACo took a position on. Ambulance Service Providers and Assignment of Benefits:  HB 83/SB 154 would require health insurers to reimburse an ambulance provider (must be owned, operated,or under the jurisdiction of a political subdivision or a volunteer fire company or rescue squad) directly for covered services.  If an ambulance company provides a service to an individual and the company does not participate in that individual’s…

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Budget Conferees Meet – Pensions and Retiree Health Areas of Disagreement

As previously reported, a House and Senate conference committee has been appointed to resolve the differences in each chamber's respective budget plan.  As reported by MarylandReporter.com, the biggest areas of disagreement are over pensions and retiree health benefits.  These differences are summarized below. RETIREMENT AGE: The Senate adopted the “Rule of 92” to receive full pension benefits. This means that the age of an employee or teacher at their retirement and their length of service…

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Medical Liability Insurance Places Administrative Burden, Costly Mandate on Counties

MACo Associate Director Andrea Mansfield testified before the Senate Finance Committee in opposition to  SB 895, legislation that would require counties to provide  medical liability insurance to a nonprofit health care provider within its jurisdiction. The approach outlined in SB 895 places an administrative burden and costly mandate on county governments at a time when revenues are waning and State cutbacks are large. For counties that already offer some limited coverage to certain service providers…

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