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Maryland Hospital Program, Focus On Prevention

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MARYLAND - The state of Maryland is changing the way it treats its patients.

Friday, the state announced a new program to stop reimbursing hospitals on a fee-for-service basis, opting instead to focus on prevention.  The new initiative will in essence, financially reward Maryland hospitals for keeping people out of the hospital.

For patients, Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association says there will be a significant positive difference. "Before, you may have come to the hospital for a particular surgical procedure and then you stayed in the hospital for three or four days, and when you were discharged, you may never have heard from your hospital again.  What this new system will do is actually encourage the hospital to create a clear care path for every patient after they leave the hospital," says Coyle.

The change is said to take effect immediately.

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