Maryland institutions win grants to improve health care

Four Maryland institutions will receive grants under the federal health care reform law to improve care and cut costs.

They are among 81 facilities nationwide to receive money during this round. In all 107 grants have been doled out for projects intended to save the health care system about $1.9 billion over three years, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The press release from HHS says the grants will go to: Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, $1.1 million; CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield, $24 million; John Hopkins University, $20 million; Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, $4.1 million.

Mostly, they aim to better treat people with chronic conditions so they stay out of emergency rooms or improve to quality of life for frail patients.  

A $6.9 million grant for facilities in San Francisco will also aid those recently released from prison with chronic conditions in Maryland.

For specifics on the awards and the effort in general, go to


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