Carmela Coyle

Sep 22, 2017

Senate health care bill would cut billions of federal aid to Md.

The current Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act could cost Maryland billions of dollars, lead to more uninsured and undermine the state’s unique hospital payment system, state health advocates and policy leaders are warning. The proposal, led by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would end Medicaid expansion […]

Jul 6, 2017

Coyle to leave Maryland Hospital Association

Maryland Hospital Association President and CEO Carmela Coyle will step down from her job this fall to take the same position with the California Hospital Association, the Maryland group announced Thursday. Coyle has served as president and CEO of the hospital association since 2008. During her tenure, the state rolled its Medicare waiver program into […]

Jun 22, 2017

Republican health plan could threaten Md. hospital system

The health care bill drafted by U.S. Senate Republicans  could threaten how hospitals in Maryland do business by ending Medicaid expansion and cutting subsidies for the individual insurance market. Under Maryland’s all-payer system, hospitals encourage more primary care services and work to decrease hospital visits and readmissions. But if more Marylanders lose insurance, hospitals could [&hell[...]

Mar 28, 2017

Md. health care groups still wary of federal reforms

Republicans might have pulled the American Health Care Act, but stakeholders in Maryland’s health care community remain wary of any future reform efforts that could come out of the Trump administration or Congress. The Maryland Hospital Association and the Maryland chapter of AARP, among other groups, welcomed the non-vote in Washington but still anticipate efforts […]

Mar 14, 2017

CBO score reaffirms opposition to AHCA in Maryland

Maryland groups that have been opposed to American Health Care Act pointed to the Congressional Budget Office analysis released Monday to support their position. The analysis by the nonpartisan CBO found the Republican-backed health care plan would result in 14 million more Americans without insurance next year. That number increases to 21 million in 2020 […]

Mar 5, 2017

‘We’ve got a crisis in Maryland’

The Maryland Hospital Association keeps a busy calendar during the legislative session in Annapolis. Carmela Coyle, the association’s president and CEO, said this year the organization would offer recommendations on more than 100 bills. And this year she’s also had to pay attention to efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act led by […]

Mar 1, 2017

As ACA repeal nears, Maryland’s hospital payment system up in the air

President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night offered some insights into what his plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act might look like, but an important aspect of any reform that would uniquely affect Maryland was nowhere to be found. Maryland’s entire hospital payment system has derived its authority […]

Jun 28, 2016

Md. hospitals want to engage patients with new ‘Fresh Care’ website

Maryland is in the midst of an unusual experiment to try to keep its citizens healthy and reduce the cost of health care by changing the way hospitals are paid – essentially giving them a financial incentive to keep people from needing their services. But there’s a crucial piece that’s been missing: increased consumer engagement, […]

Jun 8, 2016

Md. regulators approve two-part hospital rate hike

State regulators approved an annual increase in Maryland hospital rates Wednesday, giving the green light to a compromise that was offered after hospitals argued that initial proposals were too low. The staff of the state’s Health Services Cost Review Commission – which establishes the rates for hospitals as well as their budgets — initially suggested […]

Jun 6, 2016

Proposed rate increase still too low, say Md. hospitals

State regulators are expected to vote this week on the annual rate adjustment for Maryland’s hospitals, but the latest proposed increase remains less than what hospitals say they need. The staff of Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission — which sets both the rates for hospitals and, since 2014, their budgets — is recommending that […]

Feb 24, 2016

Md. lawmakers weigh bills on hospital closure

Last summer’s decision to convert Laurel Regional Hospital from a full-service hospital to an outpatient facility prompted anger from lawmakers and community members who say they weren’t consulted about the change. Now, lawmakers in Annapolis are considering a pair of bills related to hospital closure, each of which is being touted as a way to […]

Feb 12, 2016

Birth-injury fund debate continues before Md. House committees

ANNAPOLIS — The battle over whether Maryland should create a special fund to compensate the families of babies injured during birth heated up again during a legislative hearing Friday, as supporters urged lawmakers to look across the Potomac River for guidance. Similar birth-injury funds are in place in Virginia as well as Florida, but there […]

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