The Checkup: How Health Care Is Changing In Maryland http://wypr.org en What Impact Has The Affordable Care Act Had On Maryland Health Care? http://wypr.org/post/what-impact-has-affordable-care-act-had-maryland-health-care <div>Welcome back to The Checkup, our weekly series on how health care is changing in Maryland. This is our final segment in the series. For seven months, we’ve dug into the details of the Affordable Care Act. How have specific groups of people have been affected by it? Who has and has not been able to get access to insurance through it? How have different components of the health care system responded to the changes?<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we’re going to take a step back and ask the question: How does the Affordable Care Act fit into the big picture of Maryland’s health care system?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:06 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 11609 at http://wypr.org What Impact Has The Affordable Care Act Had On Maryland Health Care? How Will Connecticut's Health Exchange Adapt to Maryland? http://wypr.org/post/how-will-connecticuts-health-exchange-adapt-maryland <p>Maryland's online insurance marketplace, the health exchange is being scrapped in favor of a system created in Connecticut. So, how will Maryland make sure that this around, things are done right? And will it be ready in time for the next open-enrollment period, which starts in November? With Sheilah Kast to answer those questions is Carolyn Quattrocki. She’s Acting Director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. And, with us by phone from Connecticut is Kevin Counihan, CEO of that state’s exchange, Access Health CT.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:55:06 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 11242 at http://wypr.org How Will Connecticut's Health Exchange Adapt to Maryland? The Affordable Care Act: Day After the Deadline http://wypr.org/post/affordable-care-act-day-after-deadline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The deadline to sign up for health insurance this year ended last night at midnight. First, we hear from a few people who were considering buying insurance. Then,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sheilah</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kast</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;talks with Brad Herring, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, about what keeps people from buying health insurance and about what insurance options are available, or not available, for people who didn’t sign up.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:00:56 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 10919 at http://wypr.org The Affordable Care Act: Day After the Deadline How Latinos Are Accessing Health Care Under the Affordable Care Act http://wypr.org/post/how-latinos-are-accessing-health-care-under-affordable-care-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 470,000 </span>Marylanders<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are of Latino origin, just over 8 percent of the state’s population. &nbsp;Many of them need health insurance. &nbsp;At Baltimore Medical System’s </span>Highlandtown<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> clinic, navigators are helping people register for care. &nbsp;Many have been arriving as the March </span>31st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> deadline approaches.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:00:47 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Stephanie Hughes 10569 at http://wypr.org How Latinos Are Accessing Health Care Under the Affordable Care Act Lowering Health Care Spending, One Patient at a Time http://wypr.org/post/lowering-health-care-spending-one-patient-time <div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act’s main goal is to insure the uninsured. But, one other goal: lower the cost of health care.&nbsp;</span>Advances in data collection are giving us a clearer picture of who’s costing hospitals the most and why. Some say this creates new opportunities for savings.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reporter Lawrence&nbsp;</span>Lanahan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;went to Columbia, Maryland, to see how this is playing out in our backyard.</span><br /><br /> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:00:56 +0000 Lawrence Lanahan 10212 at http://wypr.org Lowering Health Care Spending, One Patient at a Time The Checkup: How the ACA is Changing Nursing http://wypr.org/post/checkup-how-aca-changing-nursing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the Affordable Care Act, people are more likely to receive care in community health centers and at home than in hospitals, which means new responsibilities for nurses. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the state does its full sprint to educate the uninsured, we wanted to focus on how some of the most crucial players are adapting: nurses.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:00:27 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 9866 at http://wypr.org The Checkup: How the ACA is Changing Nursing New Incentives For Hospitals and Nursing Homes To Work Together http://wypr.org/post/new-incentives-hospitals-and-nursing-homes-work-together <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is The Checkup, our weekly series about how healthcare is changing in Maryland. &nbsp;One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to change incentives for providers of healthcare, so economic rewards would be more attached to keeping patients well than to the number of tests, treatments, and procedures performed on those patients.</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:00:58 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 9506 at http://wypr.org New Incentives For Hospitals and Nursing Homes To Work Together Maryland Health Exchange Cuts Ties With Its Prime I.T. Contractor http://wypr.org/post/maryland-health-exchange-cuts-ties-its-prime-it-contractor <div>Today, we continue our series, The Checkup, our weekly series on how health care is changing in Maryland.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">One big change announced yesterday for the state’s online health insurance marketplace: The board of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange said it’s ending its contract with </span>Noridian<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the North Dakota-based company that had been the prime I.T. contractor.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joining </span>Sheilah<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Kast<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> now to talk about the change is Maryland Health Secretary Joshua </span>Sharfstein<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who chairs the board of the exchange.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:00:56 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 9216 at http://wypr.org Maryland Health Exchange Cuts Ties With Its Prime I.T. Contractor Are Fewer Uninsured People Visiting Maryland's Emergency Rooms? http://wypr.org/post/are-fewer-uninsured-people-visiting-marylands-emergency-rooms <p>About a third of emergency room visits in Maryland could have been handled in a primary care setting. Will the Affordable Care Act change that... and, if so, when?</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:00:56 +0000 Lawrence Lanahan 8902 at http://wypr.org Are Fewer Uninsured People Visiting Maryland's Emergency Rooms? Are ACOs Changing the Way Doctors Work Together? http://wypr.org/post/are-acos-changing-way-doctors-work-together <p>Today, on the Checkup, we look at Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs. Those are groups of independent providers in a particular community who join together to coordinate care—and to save money. &nbsp;ACOs can include hospitals, physicians, and specialists.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:00:56 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Stephanie Hughes 8635 at http://wypr.org Are ACOs Changing the Way Doctors Work Together?