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October 20, 2017

Around the nation: New website lets Maryland residents compare hospital rates

Daily Briefing
    • Maryland: The Maryland Health Care Commission on Thursday launched a website that allows consumers to compare pricing for various hospital procedures in the state. Commission Chair Robert Moffit said, "We have felt for a long time that what we needed to do is get some clarity in this area of what things cost." However, some hospital officials have criticized the website as being too narrow in scope. Johns Hopkins Hospital spokesperson Kim Hoppe in a statement said, "We fully support any efforts aimed at providing transparent information to help patients make informed decisions. We believe that the current site does not yet achieve that goal" (McDaniels, Baltimore Sun, 10/19).

    • New Hampshire: The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services plans to recognize four health centers in the state for their efforts to treat patients for tobacco use. The four health centers are: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, Mid-State Health Center, and Riverbend Community Mental Health (AP/Sacramento Bee, 10/18).

    • Utah: Volunteers at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City on Wednesday transformed children's wheelchairs into elaborate Halloween costumes, including Spiderman, a taco truck, and a scene from "Monsters Inc." The costumes reflected the ideas of each patient and their parents (Smith, Salt Lake City Tribune, 10/19).

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