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Public Policy Forum

Controlling Hospital and Health Care Spending in Maryland in the Era of Budget Caps

Sponsored by the UMBC School of Public Policy, the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research,
The Hilltop Institute, CareFirst, and LifeBridge Health

Friday, December 5, 2014

Maryland runs the only all payer hospital payment system in the country. Under this system, the federal government allows a statewide commission, the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) to regulate hospital prices. Effective January 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a new, innovative all-payer model for hospitals in Maryland. The forum examined how hospitals and health care providers in Maryland are adapting to the new model, and the likely effect on the populations that hospitals serve.

Presentations:

A Look Back - How Did We Get Here?
Robert Murray, President, Global Health Payment LLC

New All Payer Model for Maryland
New All Payer Model for Maryland with detailed appendix
Donna Kinzer, Executive Director, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission

Discussants:

Maryland's New All-Payer Model - What a Revolution Feels Like
Stephen Jencks, Independent consultant and member of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission

Some Observations on Controlling Hospital and Health Care Spending
Stuart Guterman, Vice President for Medicare and Cost Control, The Commonwealth Fund