Billing errors plague health providers in Maryland

Behavioral health providers, who offered mental health services and substance use treatment during the pandemic, are in a dispute with the Maryland Department of Health on repaying more than $200 million that the health department said it overpaid providers in 2020.

More individuals in Maryland are now eligible for the COVID vaccine as phase 2B begins

Baltimore, MD- Following president Biden’s announcement that by April 19, 90% of adults will be eligible for the vaccine, Maryland’s current vaccine phase lags behind. Maryland’s Phase 3, which includes all adults over the age of 16, is currently set to begin April 27, eight days behind the federal government’s goal. Maryland reached its highest positivity rate since February 9 today, totaling 5.24%.

FDA readying ban on flavored e-cigarettes amidst health scare

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has announced plans to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, the culmination of a nationwide crackdown on vaping following a spike in respiratory illnesses connected to e-cigarette use.  Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said banning…

Hogan signs bills on hate crimes, cyberbullying

Gov. Larry Hogan, R, pored over almost 200 bills on April 18, 2019, signing into law measures concerning cyberbullying, hate crimes and a state-recognized Freedom of the Press Day.

HHS initiative aims to prevent new cases of HIV in Maryland and other “trouble spots”

The US Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with local health departments to help diagnose and prevent new cases of HIV. In Maryland there are three “hot spots:” Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County.

Legislation aims to improve oversight of nursing homes

Nursing homes in Maryland would get better oversight under two bills passed this year by the General Assembly.

Committee weighs bill to enforce Maryland hiring law

The Maryland House Appropriations Committee this week debated a bill regarding the hiring of state employees that would add more oversight to enforce laws enacted by the legislature more than a decade ago.

Maryland bill addresses questions about state hiring policy

Concerns about a possible hiring-policy change at the Maryland Department of Health involving Gov. Larry Hogan’s appointments office prompted legislation that would add more oversight to enforce laws enacted by the state more than a decade ago.

State lawmakers use Twitter to urge renewal of CHIP funds

State legislators have been actively tweeting, urging Congress to pass legislation that reauthorizes the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Senator Chris Van Hollen spoke about the need for a bipartisan approach to this issues in a statement provided to Capital News Service.