| Jun 13, 2013
| 6:26 AM
We live in a time of great change in terms of our medical care: how we access it, how it is coordinated, and who pays for it.
The change we face in health care is kind of like going back to the future; like the house calls of old, more health and long-...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 6:49 PM
The state's hospitals would absorb all of the 2 percent Medicare cuts required by federal sequestration under a proposal released Thursday by the state panel that sets hospital rates.
The recommendation by the staff of the Health Services Cost Review...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 1:51 PM
In case anyone has missed the dueling budget proposals out this week from Rep. Paul Ryan on the Republican side and Sen. Patty Murray for the Democrats, don't fret. You could easily have slept through the last four months and missed nothing. They are...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 3:22 PM
The Maryland Hospital Association said Friday that jobs may be in jeopardy if a state commission approves a plan that would make hospitals absorb all of the 2 percent Medicare cuts required under federal sequestration.
The board of the Health Services...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 12:39 PM
A state plan to tie medical spending to the growth of the economy is making hospital executives uneasy.
Executives support the spirit of the plan proposed by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which seeks to reduce health spending by...
| Apr 7, 2013
| 5:00 AM
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." — Thomas Jefferson
My recent column on the challenges associated with the Social...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 9:10 AM
The statistic was so attention-grabbing that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stopped and repeated it: Nearly half of Baltimore's municipal employees and retirees have a "critical or chronic" illness
Rawlings-Blake emphasized the statistic as part of last...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 11:41 AM
It's facile to say that if the extreme right and left of American politics dislike something, it must be a good idea, but in the case of President Barack Obama's budget proposal, it may be true.
The president is taking one more stab at a "grand bargain"...
| Apr 11, 2013
President Barack Obama didn't release his proposed budget for 2014 until Wednesday, but liberals and the AARP have been howling all week about something they expected to be in it.
What has our president done to provoke such outrage among his supporters?...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 5:26 PM
Older consumers are no more vulnerable to identity theft than others, but they do tend to be victims of the types of ID theft that are on the rise — cases involving tax returns and medical care.
For that reason, the Federal Trade Commission held a...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 4:53 PM
A state panel voted unanimously Wednesday to increase the rates hospitals can charge by 1.65 percent, but the medical institutions say the amount is inadequate and will collectively drive hospitals into the red.
The Maryland Hospital Association said the...
| May 29, 2013
| 8:19 AM
HealthSpring, an arm of Cigna that manages Medicare plans, said Wednesday it is rebranding and changing its name to Cigna-HealthSpring.
Tennessee-based HealthSpring serves more than 18,200 Medicare Advantage patients in Maryland. HealthSpring...