Behavioral Health System Baltimore has received a $2.8 million grant to launch a pilot program that would allow those with serious mental health problems to get mandatory outpatient treatment rather than be committed to a mental hospital.
A new program at Bon Secours Community Works aims to help people adjust to life after prison. An affiliate of Bon Secours Hospital, the Community Works program addresses the social issues, such as poverty, lack of housing and unemployment, that are as important to a person's well-being and health as the physical ailments that land them in a hospital.
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has received a $300 million gift from businessman and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the institution — to be used to launch an initiative it says will transform the way the country approaches public health issues.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against MedStar Harbor Hospital accusing the Baltimore facility of firing a respiratory therapist rather than allowing him a "work-around" needed because of a compromised immune system.
State regulators announced they have approved double-digit rate increases for the four companies that sell heath plans on a state exchange, or online marketplace, set up under Affordable Care Act for people who don't get coverage through their employer.
Many parents worry about whether their children will develop food allergies. Doctors once recommended keeping kids away from peanuts and other foods commonly linked to allergic reaction. Dr. Natalia Vernon of Kaiser Permanente explains why that has changed.
An association of radiologists and several cancer prevention groups think that people who are turned off by the thought of getting a colonoscopy, could be persuaded to get tested if given the choice of a virtual colonoscopy.
Chase Brexton Health Care workers troubled over what they say are longer work days, heavy patient loads and the elimination of crucial staff training programs voted overwhelmingly Thursday to form a union. The final vote was 87 to 9 after 15 votes were challenged and not counted, according to leaders with 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East labor union.
There is a resurgence in research at Johns Hopkins, New York University and other academic institutions looking at whether mind-altering psychedelics, such as LSD, mushrooms and ecstasy can be effective in treating a variety of emotional and addictive disorders.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated guidelines advising pediatricians how to identify and help teenagers at risk for suicide. The group wants pediatricians to screen patients for suicidal thoughts and risk factors for suicide, such as bullying. Dr. Kim Cass, chair of pediatrics at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, talks about the implications.
The board of directors at Chase Brexton Health Care has asked the National Labor Relations Board to postpone a union election scheduled for about 140 of its employees later this week as a labor dispute at the non-profit chain of community health centers intensifies.
Some Baltimore elected officials are expressing concern about the firing of five workers from Chase Brexton Health Care amid a labor dispute, saying they are worried the dismissals threaten the well-being of hundreds of vulnerable patients.
A local union helping to organize workers at Chase Brexton Health Care has accused the medical care company in a federal filing of firing four senior employees to intimidate other workers from organizing.
Not enough people utilize the trails in urban cities and some don't even know that they exist, parks officials and hiking enthusiasts say. Hiking instead brings to mind the mountains of Western Maryland, Pennsylvania or Virginia. It's a way of thinking that the American Hiking Society, a Maryland non-profit charged with preserving the hiking experience, and other nature groups are trying to change.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said Wednesday that rate increases it requested from the Maryland Insurance Commission earlier this year are not enough to cover costs and that it needs even bigger ones. The insurer refiled its request Tuesday and is now asking for a 27.8 percent increase on its HMO plans and a 36.6 percent increase on its PPO plans.
Former Army Sgt. Ryan Major is among many people with major limb injuries who found that sports made them feel like their old, more able-bodied selves again. Their increased athleticism is occurring at a time of growing recognition in the field of physical rehabilitation about the value of sports for recovery.