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LWC Presents: Healthcare in Maryland & Washington County

April 21, 2020 - 7:30 am
Meritus Health
11116 Medical Campus Rd
Room 142
Hagerstown, MD 21742
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EVENT Postponed as of 3/12/2020

Due to the current health situation, and under the advisement of officials at Meritus Health, we have decided to postpone our 4/21 event.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused for you and we truly appreciate your understanding in this decision.  We will update the information upon a decision to reschedule in the hopes that you will still be able to participate.


LWC PRESENTS: Healthcare in Maryland & Washington County

What makes us unique.


Meritus Health: 11116 Medical Campus Rd (Room 142), Hagerstown, MD 21742


Find out what makes us unique as a state and as a county from an informative panel of experts:  

Dr. Douglas Spotts: Chief Health Officer at Meritus Health
Jo Wilson: VP of Population Health at Western Maryland Health System
Evelyn B. Kelly: Senior Program Manager at Institute for Public Health Innovation


Thank You Sponsors:

Campbell Insurance

Patriot Federal Credit Union

Meritus Health


Meritus Health is sponsoring a light breakfast which is included with registration.


Registration - Event Postponed!

Registration for Graduate Members and Class 33 Members is $15.  Registration for Graduates who are not members and all other community members is $25.

7:30am - 8:00am Check in/Registration & Breakfast
8:00am - 8:10am Welcome & Introductions
8:10am - 8:40am Information from each Panelist
8:40am - 9:10am Panel Discussion
9:10am - 9:30am Q&A


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The panelists will discuss how unique the state of Maryland is in regards to healthcare and the repercussions for our communities in Washington County. They will also delve into the topic of population health.  For more information, below are quotes, articles and websites that will provide insight about the event:

The answer to America’s Health care cost problem might be in Maryland (Vox.Com Article)

"Maryland is the site of two big experiments in containing health care costs. The first: Since the 1970s, the state has set the prices hospitals can charge for medical care, known as all-payer rate setting.  The second experiment: Since 2014, it’s also capped how much health spending can grow overall, including how much revenue each hospital can take in."

"In January 2019, Maryland implemented a renewed waiver with the federal government, creating what it calls the total cost of care model. In addition to rate setting and the global budget, it adds incentives to reduce hospital visits for six common health issues — substance use disorder, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, smoking, and asthma — in hopes of lowering health care spending overall.  These health problems are endemic in Maryland."

What is meant by population health—and why it matters” ( Article)

“The population health approach helps by:

-Focusing on wellness instead of sick care.

-Using data more effectively to improve care.

-Engaging patients in their care.

-Coordinating care that was previously siloed and fragmented, something that is easier to do as accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes have evolved.”

“How Food Security Programs Target Social Determinants of Health” (Patient Engagement HIT Article)

“Access to food – nutritious food, specifically – is regarded as a key social determinant of health that has a direct impact on a patient’s wellbeing. Individuals who cannot afford or obtain quality food rich in vitamins run the risk of developing chronic illnesses or exacerbating illnesses they may already have.”

“Baltimore residents who live in food deserts can now take a subsidized Lyft ride to grocery store” (Baltimore Sun Article)

“Through a new partnership with Lyft, Baltimore officials are hoping to make it easier and cheaper to connect people in low-income neighborhoods with healthy food.”

“About one in four people in Baltimore lives in a food desert. The designation means their area ranks poorly in a city measure of food store quality, has a low median income, more than 30% of its households don’t have cars, and it’s more than a quarter-mile from a supermarket.

Institute for Public Health Innovation:

 "website for information about the Transforming Communities Initiative. This Initiative brings together various sectors including hospitals to address the “social determinants of health”. We partner with Holy Cross Health who is an affiliate of Trinity Health, one of the largest Catholic healthcare providers in the country."