Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, visited WMHS this morning, giving us an opportunity to provide a brief tour of our hospital. But more importantly, it gave us the opportunity to talk about the new initiatives that we have applied in western Maryland to improve the delivery of care and, at the same time, reduce the cost of care.
We had a very productive visit with the Secretary, who is an obvious fan of Total Patient Revenue, our payment methodology for the last three years. Dr. Sharfstein was pleased to learn how we are now better managing the care of our high utilizers of our services and patients with multiple co-morbidities. It is obvious that we are making a difference in better managing the overall health of our population, and it was a great opportunity to share some the ways that we are accomplishing the effort with the Secretary.
I will be taking some time off from blogging; I will be back next week at this time.