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CS3 leads research summit on community-based violence prevention in Baltimore

“We wanted to purposefully use this summit to convene as many researchers as possible to examine, discuss, and share expertise and data,” Mallinson says. “Our intent is increasing collaboration and resources beyond this room, between institutions and the community, to create tangible, applicable and responsive human- and community-centered research in violence prevention with and for Baltimore.” Continue reading CS3 leads research summit on community-based violence prevention in Baltimore

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The Hilltop Institute Senior Research Analyst Michael Abrams presents 2015 Shinogle Fellowship Lecture

On Friday, December 4, Hilltop Senior Research Analyst and UMBC Public Policy PhD candidate Michael T. Abrams, MPH, gave the 2015 Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Fellowship lecture at UMBC. Abrams discussed the research projects—spearheaded by Shinogle before her tragic death … Continue reading The Hilltop Institute Senior Research Analyst Michael Abrams presents 2015 Shinogle Fellowship Lecture

Hilltop Publishes New Issue Brief on Hospital Community Benefit Policy

The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program has just released the eleventh issue brief in its series, Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA. The brief discusses the fact that payment reform focusing on value and quality is driving change that is redefining the hospital’s role in the continuum of care and the health of the broader population. This brief also identifies opportunities for state policymakers to encourage the evolution of hospital community benefit policy in ways that complement and support the realignment of the hospital business model, proactively address the social determinants of health, and ultimately improve the health of … Continue reading Hilltop Publishes New Issue Brief on Hospital Community Benefit Policy

Cynthia Woodcock, Hilltop, Discusses Affordable Care in Healthcare Journal of Little Rock

Cynthia Woodcock, executive director of The Hilltop Institute,  was quoted in an article in the May-June 2015 issue of the Healthcare Journal of Little Rock titled “The Cost of Caring” by John W. Mitchell. The article focuses on the tension for nonprofit tax-exempt hospitals between requirements that they provide community benefits and the financial costs to them of providing expensive life-saving treatments, all while remaining financially viable. Woodcock discussed that under the Affordable Care Act and the new 501r Final Rule, hospital billing and collection practices have improved for patients, and that increases in coverage have afforded increased access to … Continue reading Cynthia Woodcock, Hilltop, Discusses Affordable Care in Healthcare Journal of Little Rock

Hilltop Researchers in the Journal of Pediatrics

Hilltop Senior Research Analyst Michael T. Abrams, MPH, and Policy Analyst Carl H. Mueller, MS, are co-authors of a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics titled “Transcranial Doppler screening of Medicaid-insured children with sickle cell disease.” The work was conducted in collaboration with researchers at Johns Hopkins and University of South Carolina medical schools, under the direction of Dr. David Bundy. The study found that letters to parents and doctors of children with sickle cell disease (SCD) did not succeed in increasing their use of a simple screening technique (transcranial Doppler imaging: TDI) for stroke risk, even as … Continue reading Hilltop Researchers in the Journal of Pediatrics

The Hilltop Institute Celebrates 20 Years of Service

On October 23, The Hilltop Institute celebrated 20 years of service with “A Look Ahead: the Next 20 Years in Federal and State Health Policy,” an event featuring talks by national and regional health policy experts and a well-attended reception. Keynote speaker Bruce Vladeck drew on his experiences as the Senior Advisor for Nexera and former Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to provide an overview of how the next 20 years of health policy could impact the nation. David Salkever, public policy, spoke about the availability of information and how … Continue reading The Hilltop Institute Celebrates 20 Years of Service

Hilltop Hospital Community Benefit Program Issue Brief Cited in HealthAffairs

A recent HealthAffairs blog post explored how non profit hospitals are affected by their tax-exempt status under the Affordable Care Act. In the post, author Sara Rosenbaum cited The Hilltop Institute and referenced its Hospital Community Benefit Program’s brief titled “Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA: Addressing Social and Economic Factors that Shape Health.” Click here to read “Tax-Exempt Status For Nonprofit Hospitals Under The ACA: Where Are The Final Treasury/IRS Rules?” in HealthAffairs. Continue reading Hilltop Hospital Community Benefit Program Issue Brief Cited in HealthAffairs

US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez Gives Keynote at Hilltop Special Event

US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, JD, MPP, gave the keynote address at a special event hosted by The Hilltop Institute on April 29, 2014, at UMBC. The event honored Chuck Milligan, JD, MPH, who recently stepped down from his post as Deputy Secretary for Health Care Financing at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Milligan was Hilltop’s Executive Director from 2004 to 2011 and served the state of Maryland for ten years. Milligan is relocating to New Mexico, where he will be Senior Vice President of Presbyterian Healthcare Services. The event, consisting of a program titled … Continue reading US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez Gives Keynote at Hilltop Special Event

Hilltop Researcher Michael Abrams Co-Authors Two Articles Published in Psychiatric Services

Michael T. Abrams, MPH, a senior research analyst at The Hilltop Institute, co-authored two articles published in the April 2014 issue of Psychiatric Services. The articles are both based on a study of low-income young adults (aged 18-26) discharged from an inpatient psychiatric event, a marker for serious mental distress. Identifying Young Adults at Risk of Medicaid Enrollment Lapses After Inpatient Mental Health Treatment discusses a study that identified antecedents to Medicaid enrollment lapses in the year following discharge. Such lapses are undesirable because they suggest absence of medical attention that is especially indicated in the wake of an inpatient … Continue reading Hilltop Researcher Michael Abrams Co-Authors Two Articles Published in Psychiatric Services

UMBC’s Hilltop Institute in The Baltimore Sun

An article published January 19 in The Baltimore Sun examines the impact of the Affordable Care Act as Marylanders gain health insurance coverage, but points to how many are switching from existing policies. The article, titled “Consumers trading up for better, cheaper health insurance” states that while many people who already have health insurance are trading up for better policies, the number of uninsured might not decrease greatly. UMBC’s Hilltop Institute is mentioned in the article when referencing a past study that was conducted before the Affordable Care Act was launched: “The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County estimated before … Continue reading UMBC’s Hilltop Institute in The Baltimore Sun

Hilltop Presents on ACA’s Impact on Small Business

Hilltop Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor, Maansi Raswant, JD, gave a presentation titled The Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Small Business to the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce on October 30, 2013 at the Charlestown Retirement Community. In the presentation, Raswant gave an overview of the basic provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and described health reform implementation in Maryland; described the ACA mandates for coverage (who needs to have it and who needs to provide it); and discussed how to determine whether an employer is considered a large or small employer, how to purchase coverage through exchanges, new benefits … Continue reading Hilltop Presents on ACA’s Impact on Small Business

MIPAR and Hilltop Awarded $750,000 Grant for Healthy Homes Research

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a 3-year, $750,000 grant the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR), The Hilltop Institute at UMBC, and the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative™ (GHHI) to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the reduction in asthma and associated Medicated expenditures resulting from the implementation of GHHI interventions. GHHI is a national program spearheaded by the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. GHHI integrates health-based housing interventions with weatherization to create access to healthy homes for children in low-income neighborhoods. The UMBC study will focus on GHHI interventions in the homes … Continue reading MIPAR and Hilltop Awarded $750,000 Grant for Healthy Homes Research

Hilltop Work on Breast Cancer Screening Presented at International Meeting

Hilltop Senior Research Analyst Michael Abrams was co-author on a presentation made recently at an international meeting focused on schizophrenia research (see citation below). The work demonstrates that among women with serious mental illness who are engaged in Maryland Medicaid, those with substance use disorders are at elevated risk for missing breast cancer screening. By somewhat surprising contrast, women with other mental disorders (e.g., schizophrenia and depression), were not at elevated risk for missing such screening. For more information contact: mabrams@hilltop.umbc.edu. Reference: Sullivan K,  Abrams M, Feldman S,  Myers S, McMahon R, Kelly D: “Analysis of Maryland Medicaid Data to … Continue reading Hilltop Work on Breast Cancer Screening Presented at International Meeting

Hilltop’s Michael T. Abrams Presents Health Care and Health Policy Reseach

Hilltop Institute Senior Research Analyst Michael T. Abrams, MPH, presented his work on substance use disorder (SUD) treatment to the Maryland Addictions Directors Council on on March 11, 2013. The work focuses on coordination of care and cost saving opportunities evident in the federal Affordable Care Act, and traceable within Maryland’s Medicaid program. On April 10, 2013, Abrams presented a description of three UMBC-centered research projects examining supported employment for persons with serious mental illness at the Behavioral Health Research Conference. The University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry and Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration sponsored the conference. The audience included statewide … Continue reading Hilltop’s Michael T. Abrams Presents Health Care and Health Policy Reseach

The Hilltop Institute in the Baltimore Business Journal

The Baltimore Business Journal reports that Maryland is pushing back the launch of its small business health exchange by at least three months to allow more time for leaders to prepare the complex IT system involved and to train brokers who will bring businesses to the exchange. The story cites analysis from The Hilltop Institute at UMBC that approximately 8,500 people are expected to get insurance through the small business exchange in its first year. This compares with the 138,764 people to buy health insurance through the individual exchange by 2014. By 2020, Hilltop expects the small business exchange to … Continue reading The Hilltop Institute in the Baltimore Business Journal

UMBC’s Hilltop Shares New Hospital Community Benefit Resource

The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program has just released a new online resource: the Community Benefit State Law Profiles. The profiles are a compilation of hospital community benefit laws and regulations across the United States, analyzed in the context of the Affordable Care Act’s community benefit framework. They include data on tax exemptions that most states make available to nonprofit hospitals. Readers can access this information through a new interactive map, or see a summary table for side-by-side comparisons of different state policies. A companion issue brief, “Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA: The State Law Landscape” (pdf), presents … Continue reading UMBC’s Hilltop Shares New Hospital Community Benefit Resource

Cynthia Woodcock Returns to Hilltop as Executive Director

UMBC and The Hilltop Institute are pleased to announce that Cynthia H. Woodcock has been named Hilltop’s next executive director. An MBA by training, Ms. Woodcock’s managerial skills span organizational development, strategic planning, marketing and new business development, system design, and financial management. She has designed and managed research projects and authored issue briefs for the federal government, states, and foundations on the delivery and financing of long-term services and supports (LTSS), chronic disease management, and preventing childhood obesity. Continue reading Cynthia Woodcock Returns to Hilltop as Executive Director

Hilltop in the Baltimore Business Journal

The Maryland Health Care Reform Simulation Model report produced by The Hilltop Institute at UMBC continues to get press coverage. The Baltimore Business Journal cites a Hilltop estimate of the number of new jobs to be stimulated by health reform in Maryland in the article, “Medical sector heightens focus on jobless to fill demand” [log-in required]. The article states, “A report by the Hilltop Institute at University of Maryland Baltimore County estimates Maryland employers will add 26,900 jobs by 2020 in response to health reform. Labs need assistants to oversee safety and animal care, and hospitals need people to transport … Continue reading Hilltop in the Baltimore Business Journal

The Hilltop Institute in “Governing” Magazine

A new article in Governing magazine, titled “How Higher Education Could Save Medicaid,” explores public universities as effective partners in states’ efforts to reform their Medicaid systems to be more fiscally sustainable and prepare for a significant enrollment expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The Hilltop Institute at UMBC offers one of three examples nation-wide for how this partnership can work. Governing calls Hilltop “one of the primary Medicaid policymaking labs for the state,” noting that it “is responsible for all financial modeling, helped [Maryland] develop its managed care program and works with an actuarial firm to set the capitated … Continue reading The Hilltop Institute in “Governing” Magazine

Charles Milligan, Former Hilltop Director, on Health Affairs Blog

Chuck Milligan, former executive director of The Hilltop Institute at UMBC and current Maryland Medicaid director, just published a featured post on blog Health Affairs titled, “Expanding Medicaid: The Smart Decision For Maryland.” The post cites Hilltop’s analysis to explain the economic benefit that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide to states and why these findings support Maryland’s decision to expand Medicaid and fully implement the ACA. It also directs readers Hilltop’s Maryland Health Care Reform Simulation reports (1, 2). Health Affairs is a leading health policy journal and this post illustrates how Hilltop’s work is directly informing U.S. … Continue reading Charles Milligan, Former Hilltop Director, on Health Affairs Blog

The Hilltop Institute in The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun reports that the state of Maryland has secured $123 million of federal funding to launch its health insurance exchange, the Maryland Health Connection, where hundreds of thousands of uninsured Marylanders will buy coverage. The Hilltop Institute at UMBC suggests this could cut the number of uninsured Maryland residents by half. The Sun cites a Hilltop report in noting that “up to 150,000 individuals are expected to sign up for insurance through the Maryland exchange in the first year, and up to 275,000 by 2020.” The article continues, “[the Hilltop] review also found that approximately 101,000 will enroll … Continue reading The Hilltop Institute in The Baltimore Sun

The Hilltop Institute in Local Media

News outlets across the state are reporting on a compelling finding from The Hilltop Institute at UMBC: Maryland’s economy will get a notable boost from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A Baltimore Business Journal article on the announcement cites Hilltop’s finding that 26,000 new jobs will be created in Maryland by 2020 as a result of implementing the federal law’s provisions. The ACA will also bring in $237 million in tax revenues and generate savings of $672 million by transferring costs to federal programs. Additional coverage appeared in The Gazette, Maryland Reporter and Washington Examiner. These findings were generated through the … Continue reading The Hilltop Institute in Local Media

Michael T. Abrams and Cynthia Boddie-Willis, The Hilltop Institute, in Psychiatry Online

Psychiatry Online published an article entitled “Cervical Cancer Screening and Acute Care Visits Among Medicaid Enrollees With Mental and Substance Use Disorders” on June 1, which counted among its co-authors Michael T. Abrams and Cynthia Boddie-Willis, a Senior Research Analyst and Director of Health Services Policy and Research for The Hilltop Institute, respectively. The piece, which involved creating logistic models using data from women enrolled in Medicaid for 2005, used cancer screening and acute care visits as dependent variables and mental illness flags and independent variables in order to “compare rates of cervical cancer screening and acute care (primary or … Continue reading Michael T. Abrams and Cynthia Boddie-Willis, The Hilltop Institute, in Psychiatry Online

The Hilltop Institute at UMBC Launches State Health Data Website

The Baltimore Sun’s “Picture of Health” blog today highlights an exciting new online resource developed by UMBC’s Hilltop Institute in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The interactive website provides expanded public access to Medicaid data, giving users a clear picture of population health by county. The site includes maps that reveal the frequency of chronic diseases (like diabetes and asthma), mental health conditions and substance abuse across Maryland’s counties. “These data will help localities plan for health improvement,” said Frances B. Phillips, Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services. Governor O’Malley has also responded positively to … Continue reading The Hilltop Institute at UMBC Launches State Health Data Website

Hilltop Releases New Brief on Community Health Partnerships

The Hilltop Institute at UMBC — a non-partisan health research organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations — has released a new issue brief in a series examining hospital community benefits after the Affordable Care Act. The brief, titled “Partnerships for Community Health Improvement,” discusses a variety of options for collaboration in assessment, planning, priority setting and implementation of health improvement initiatives. It also provides examples of diverse collaboration models already in place among public health agencies, nonprofit hospitals and communities, and examines their efficacy as “powerful forces for promoting community health improvement and systemic change.” … Continue reading Hilltop Releases New Brief on Community Health Partnerships