Maryland could expand options to treat addiction remotely

A bill that could expand telemedicine to include counseling for substance abuse disorders, which could help thwart the ballooning heroin-opioid epidemic in the state, is advancing in the Maryland General Assembly.

Maryland’s heroin and opioid crisis reaches an all-time high

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Barbara Allen signs her emails with the names of her family members she has lost to addiction. Jim’s mom, Bill’s sister, Amanda’s aunt. Her son, Jim, died from a heroin and alcohol overdose in 2003 after battling…

Future of Affordable Care Act in Maryland is uncertain

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — While President-elect Donald Trump vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act on the campaign trail, his recent promises to maintain key components of the law have reassured Marylanders, though many still feel the law’s future is questionable.…

Maryland decreases psychiatric hospital bed backlog

ANNAPOLIS – The number of court-ordered individuals waiting to be treated in Maryland state psychiatric hospitals decreased by about 85 percent since May, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Maryland’s health Secretary Van T. Mitchell created a…

Hogan, Franchot blast state contractor over speaking payments to O’Malley

The Board of Public Works tabled a contract renewal vote with the Environmental Systems Research Institute, over ethical concerns about the company’s speaking contract with former Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Maryland’s Medicaid Claims System Contract Suspended, According to Audit

More than $27 million has been paid to replace an outdated system that manages Medicaid claims for the state, but work has fallen grossly behind schedule and is unreliable in quality, according to an audit released this month by Maryland’s Department of Legislative Services.

In Rural Maryland, Health Disparities Fuel Efforts To Attract More Doctors

A lack of health care providers in rural areas around Maryland is contributing to health disparities that include higher rates of heart disease and obesity and lower life expectancy rates.