As state lawmakers contemplate reforming how the University of Maryland Medical System handles contracts with insiders, a Baltimore Sun review of other hospitals' disclosures show the practice is not rare. Only Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation dabbled in politics.
MedStar Health has agreed to pay $35 million to resolve allegations the hospital system paid kickbacks to a cardiology group in Pikesville in exchange for referrals, according to a statement from Robert Hur, the U.S. attorney for Maryland and other federal investigators.
William F. Wilke, a retired mechanical and general contractor who owned and operated his own business, died Jan. 16 from complications of a stroke at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 95.
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced Thursday he is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Miller, a Democrat who has served as Senate president since 1987, made the announcement while addressing a floor session of the Senate. Miller said he was diagnosed Dec. 27.
Catherine C. "Kay" McMullen, a retired University of Maryland Medical School administrative assistant, died Nov. 20 from a heart attack at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The Parkville resident was 82.
A total of 823 attendees — nearly 400 of them in the first half hour — pulled into one of the five lanes set up in the CCBC Essex parking lot Sunday, signed a consent form, rolled up their sleeves and received free shots.
A Baltimore County police officer was killed Monday in a confrontation after responding to a burglary call in Perry Hall, setting off an hours-long search through densely populated suburban neighborhoods.
Police said Eric Maurice Glass, 30, fatally shot his wife, Jasmine Alisha Kennedy, who was also 30, around 9 p.m. Tuesday night. Police said Glass then shot himself in the head but was not severely injured.
The decision to close the pediatric emergency room at Medstar Franklin Square hospital has caused an uproar from the community and hospital staff, who say MedStar has abandoned its mission to serve the community in the pursuit of profits.
Closing Franklin Square pediatric units eliminates a service that was needed and heavily used by the community and was the life’s work of doctors, nurses, philanthropists, managers, coordinators, community members and administrators. This decision did not improve any aspect of health care.
As a family physician in Baltimore, I use guidelines from professional groups to bring impartial scientific information to my clinical practice — or so I thought. Seven of a new blood pressure guideline’s authors did not disclose financial relationships with corporations that stand to benefit.
More than 3,000 people visited Maryland emergency rooms in the past week with influenza-like illnesses amid what state and federal health officials are calling the worst flu season in years. The flu is so bad that many local hospitals are asking most sick people to avoid the emergency room.
Maryland hospitals didn't rank well in a national assessment of safety at health care facilities, though the hospitals say the comparisons are not apples to apples and others charge that such studies can confuse the public.