DHMH, HSCRC Seeking Proposals to Fund Partnerships for Health System Transformation; Up to $2 Million Will Aid Data Analysis, Care Coordination, Health Improvement, More

Baltimore, MD (February 18, 2015) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) are seeking proposals for the development of Regional Partnerships for Health System Transformation in support of Maryland’s new all-payer model. A $400,000 award will be provided to up to five partnerships across the state to advance reforms to Maryland’s health care delivery system.
 
Under the all-payer model, Maryland’s hospitals have a strong incentive to improve population health and lower costs. This work requires increased collaboration between health systems, community hospitals, insurance companies, physician practices, long-term care and other providers, as well as community-based organizations, public health departments, and patients and consumers. In order to accelerate health system transformation to align with the all-payer model, Maryland will fund regional partnerships to collaborate on analytics, delivery-of-care coordination and services based on patient and population needs and population health-improvement approaches.
 
Awardees will be responsible for developing a regional transformation plan that will outline a concept for a delivery-and-financing model. They also will be expected to identify a sustainable funding source to finance implementation and operation of the model after the planning period. 
 
DHMH and HSCRC will host a webinar to provide more information to potential applicants. The date and time will be announced on the HSCRC website in the coming days (http://www.hscrc.state.md.us/). Applications are due April 15, and awards will be announced in early May. Funding will be allocated via HSCRC-approved rate increases for participating hospitals. The Request for Proposals, which outlines application requirements and funding priorities, is available here.
 

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As part of Pocomoke City’s 4th Friday on Sept. 27, the Worcester County Health Department will lead a free 1-mile fun walk through the historic downtown district. Registration begins at 5 pm and the walk starts at 5:30 pm.

Click the image below to register for the walk. 

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The Out of the Darkness Suicide Awareness Walk. Movement of a quarter of a million people joined by local participants in Ocean City, MD.

Ocean City, MD − Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide can be prevented. Volunteers from Worcester County are joining the quarter of a million people who are walking in towns across the United States to draw attention to the fight for suicide prevention. The 8th annual Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019. As in years past, walkers will gather at Caroline Street and the Boardwalk, with registration beginning at 9am. After opening remarks, the procession will walk to the Inlet, turn and walk to 5th Street, then back to Caroline Street.

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Worcester Health partners with Ocean City Fire Department on “Safe Station” project
Station offers 24/7 access to recovery services

Ocean City, MD- Where would you go if you needed help with addiction right now? The Worcester County Health Department, in partnership with the Town of Ocean City Fire Department, has launched a “Safe Station” in Ocean City at the 15th Street Fire Station for those seeking immediate help getting into recovery. The station is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for any individuals seeking treatment services.

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In the event of a storm or power outage, it is important to know safety information about food storage and operating generators. Follow the links below for tips about food and generator safety.

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(July 31, 2019 Snow Hill, MD) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in the Whaleyville area of Worcester County recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first positive test for EEE in Worcester in 2019.

Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, eliminating standing water is critical for the control of mosquito populations. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

The Worcester and Wicomico County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection with EEE or other mosquito borne illnesses:

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