MD Hospital Overhaul "Building A Bike While You Ride It" - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

MD Hospital Overhaul "Building A Bike While You Ride It"

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MARYLAND - It's a plan that will essentially flip the Maryland hospital system on it's head.  The state is changing how hospitals care for patients.

"Hospitals are taking a greater role at keeping people healthier," says Christopher Hall, VP of Strategy & Market Development at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

And essentially...keeping them *out* of the hospital.

What may seem counter-intuitive to the business of healthcare...
In January, the state announced a new program that will stop reimbursing hospitals on a fee-for-service basis, opting instead to focus on prevention.

Hall tells WMDT, "they're saying you need to help coordinate care across the continuum, whether that's at a nursing home, whether it's in a home health agency, an imaging center."

PRMC has already started creating programs with the goal of preventing people from unnecessary trips back.
One, a tele-surance program, where discharged congestive heart patients can get daily check-ups from a nurse, and another, an in-house pharmacy.

"We've found out that one of the most significant reasons a patient is readmitted...is because they're not paying attention to their medications," Hall says.

A first of its kind initiative, the Maryland hospital overhaul is bringing national attention on the Maryland healthcare system, a challenge in its own right, as the added attention magnifies others.

Hall says "we're building a bicycle while we're riding it, so healthcare across the state of Maryland, we're in the process of redeveloping this while the hospitals are operating 12:56 so, it's going to take some time to come to fruition."


It's expected to take about 3 to 5 years for the changes to be implemented throughout the state.  Officials hope consumers will see lower insurance premiums, and patients better care.

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