LHIC Updates, O'Mally's health reform initiative, fewer caolries in the U.S Marketplace and MD Health Connection updates
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January 15, 2014

LHIC News and Updates

Thank you to all LHIC members that attended the meeting this past Monday.  During the meeting we learned about the LHIC's redirection contract with Maryland Non-Profits, and saw the chain of events that will lead us through the redirection.  All of this information is presented in Maryland Non-Profit's Scope of Work. Additionally, the work groups met to discuss updates and short term goals.  It was a successful, high energy meeting in which created some great action steps for moving forward. The minutes for the meeting can be found here.

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Maryland Health Exchange Updates

Connection Update, Friday, January 10, 2014

As expected, the enrollment numbers dropped this past week after the weeks leading up to the January 1, 2014 deadline, but steady enrollment continues. Open enrollment continues through March 31, 2014 so Marylanders that have not enrolled yet can still do so.
  • More than 123,000 Marylanders have created identity-verified accounts, and there have been more than 784,000 unique visitors to the website; 
  • Enrollments in qualified health plans increased to a total of 20,358 individuals; 
  • Counting Medicaid pre-enrollments, new Medicaid eligibles, and individuals who have selected qualified health plans for enrollment, as many as 162,000 Marylanders are on track for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. 

For more updates on ACA enrollment, see the full report and scroll down to the Access to Care section of this digest.

Maryland News
Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown Announce Health Care Reform Initiative to Improve Health and Reduce Costs
Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown today joined Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Sen. Ben Cardin and senior officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to announce a groundbreaking new system of health care delivery that could serve as a nationwide model. The initiative to modernize Maryland’s unique all-payer rate-setting system for hospital services will improve patient health and reduce health care costs. The agreement will allow the state to adopt new policies that reduce per capita hospital expenditures and improve health outcomes as encouraged by the Affordable Care Act. To read the governor's full announcement, click here. For background, details and fact sheets on the initiative, click here.

Health in the News
Healthy Weight
6.4 Trillion Calories Removed from the U.S Marketplace
Sixteen of the nation’s leading food and beverage companies sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the United States in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to the findings of an independent evaluation funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The companies, acting together as part of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), pledged to remove 1 trillion calories from the marketplace by 2012, and 1.5 trillion by 2015. The evaluation found that, thus far, the companies have exceeded their 2015 pledge by more than 400 percent. Read the full article here.

Behavioral Health
Maryland's Perscription Drug Monitoring Program Aims to Reduce Overdoses on Prescription Drugs 
The Chesapeake Regional Information System (CRISP) and the Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program have coordinated efforts to provide system access to healthcare providers. The integrated system includes admission, transfer and discharge notifications, geographic information, hospital utilization data, and population health management tools. In Maryland, over 40% of overdose deaths between 2007 and 2012 were attributed to prescription opioids. The partnership will allow providers to screen for substance use disorders, make referrals to appropriate treatment and recovery services, and prevent dangerous drug interactions. Click here to read the DHMH press release. Here is a short Youtube video explaining the program. 

Access to Care
Maryland Health Connection Updates for Consumers
The Maryland Health Connection has a webpage for consumer updates on enrollment entitled "Consumer Information Updates." Currently, this webpage has a chart showing the time between enrollment date and coverage date, as well as when the first payment is due.  Keep checking back to the page to see additional updates, and spread the word about this resource to newly enrolled Marylanders.  

Upcoming Events 

Starting (and keeping!) a healthy, active lifestyle        $30
January 15 from 7-8:30pm
The Handelman’s Conference Center at 10280 Old Columbia Road #220 • Columbia • 21046
Capitalize on the New Years motivation to make changes in your daily life that will move you closer to your health and fitness goals than ever before. This class will include tips on how to set realistic goals, how to fit fitness into your busy life, ideas for small changes in how and what you eat that can make a big difference, and resources to help you along the way. Email
healthpromotiononcall@gmail.com or call 443-794-7187 for more information.

Smoke Free Lungs        FREE
January 16, 7:00 -9:00 p.m.  
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD.

Learn tips for quitting your tobacco habit and mastering long-term success. This program provides support and education for those wanting to quit as well as support for those who have already quit. Choose to attend one or all of the sessions depending on your individual needs.  Follow the link in the title to sign up.

Code G Webinar       FREE
January 22, 2014 1:00-2:00 pm
The Delmarva Foundation (DFMC) will be collaborating with the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the DC Department of Health to conduct a webinar event entitled, "G Code Webinar; Cracking the Code; A strategy for Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Obesity Counseling." The webinar will include information on cardiovascular disease and obesity preventive services that provide additional reimbursement opportunities for primary care providers. 

Living with Cancer Support Group
January 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. 

Designed to meet the needs of men and women cancer patients diagnosed with Stage IV or Metastatic Disease. We offer a safe and welcoming place that provides encouragement, support and education. The support group is facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C . Please call 410 964-9100 to register for this free support group

Intervals - Good For Your Heart       FREE
Feb 12th 6:45-7:30 pm 
Cardio cardio cardio, oh my! What is the right program for you?? Should you try the long, medium intensity route? The stay home on the couch route? Or the do 15 - 20 minutes at a conversational pace workout? If you spend hours every week feeling like a hamster on the treadmill and experience little results, come learn an alternative way to liven up your cardio program. Follow the link in the title to learn more and sign up.

Upcoming LHIC Events

Monday, 3/10/14
10 am - 12 noon

Next full membership LHIC meeting at 8930 Standford Blvd., Columbia, MD
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