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Joseph DeMattos of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland: Long term and post-acute care advocates from Maryland gather on Capitol Hill

By Joseph DeMattos, MAPresident and CEO Health Facilities Association of Maryland As the CEO and President of Maryland’s largest and oldest nationally affiliated association representing skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, I am asked by business and government leaders, friends, and family this question nearly every day: “Five or ten years from now, will there be such a thing as a nursing home?” The answer is absolutely yes. Today and tomorrow, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Maryland and across the nation will be part of the solution for quality and efficient care for an aging America. We took that message to Capitol Hill recently to better equip government leaders to make informed decisions that affect the way care is delivered in the future. Leaders for the long-term and post-acute care industry from the Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM) joined more than 400 health care leaders from across the nation at... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: A Budget Debate: Balancing the Investment in Education versus Public Safety

The school year is beginning to wind down and thoughts of summer vacations are on the minds of many, so talking about education funding and budgets may not be high on anyone’s priority list. But a lively debate in Baltimore's City Hall earlier this week over the amount of money included in the mayor’s proposed 2017 operating budget for public education presents an interesting question. It is important to recognize that a proposed budget is more than just a set of numbers reflecting revenues and expenditures. A budget represents a statement of a government’s priorities and how that governmental body is positioning itself to achieve long-term social and economic benefits for its constituents. This brings me to the debate that emerged at a Baltimore City Council hearing on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s proposed $2.6 billion operating budget for the fiscal year 2017, which starts July 1 of this year. Three council members... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: What 3 Bills Tell Us About Larry Hogan

Well, of course Gov. Larry Hogan (R) was going to veto the bill creating an oversight board for the state transit system. And the proposal to expedite funding for a new Potomac River crossing in Southern Maryland. And the measure to establish a commission that advises the state Board of Education. These bills are direct challenges to Hogan’s authority, and his vetoes set up yet another series of showdowns with the Democratic legislature. The media will undoubtedly focus on this tension in the months leading up to the 2017 session, when lawmakers consider whether to try to override his vetoes. But in many ways, Hogan’s disposition on three other pieces of legislation in recent weeks was more significant – because it said a lot about Hogan’s strategic thinking. The first was his decision to sign a bill expanding access to contraception and other reproductive health services in Maryland. The second was... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: A Boost for Baltimore: “Meet Local”

In August the National Urban League will hold its annual conference in Baltimore, an event that will provide a huge economic boost to the city. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people will attend the event, August 3 - 6, fueling an estimated $4.2 million into the local economy. The civil rights organization’s executive leadership and Board of Directors ultimately selected Baltimore. But it was the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s president and CEO, J. Howard Henderson, who diligently went to work behind the scenes last summer to convince national leaders to pick Baltimore. “I really felt the convention needed to be held in Baltimore this summer so we could shine a light on the city and show everyone that Baltimore is far better than what people may have seen on The Wire,” Henderson said, referring to the HBO crime drama series based in the city. The civil unrest of last spring unfortunately... Continue reading
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Audio: Center Maryland Post Primary Election Call

KOFA Public Affairs' Rick Abbruzzese was joined by Center Maryland's Josh Kurtz and other Maryland political insiders to discuss the state's primary election results and preview the general election.... Continue reading
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