​​​​​​​​Health System Transformation Support

In 2014, the State of Maryland and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) reached an agreement to modernize Maryland’s all-payer rate-setting system for hospital services. This initiative allows Maryland to adopt new and innovative policies aimed at improving care, improving population health, and moderating the growth in hospital costs. In support of this model, acute care hospitals in Maryland are now operating under global budget arrangements, providing a strong incentive for improving population health and preventing avoidable utilization.

Transforming Maryland’s health care system to support this model and to be highly reliable, highly efficient, and a point of pride in our communities will require increased collaboration between health systems, payers, community hospitals, ambulatory physician practices, long-term care, and other providers, as well as public health and community-based organizations.  It will also require effective engagement of patients and consumers. 


In order to accelerate effective implementation, DHMH and the Heatlh Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) held a competitive application process to establish Regional Partnerships for Health System Transformation to collaborate on analytics, target services based on patient and population needs, and plan and develop care coordination and population health improvement approaches.​  

This website contains information to assist Regional Partnerships -- including collaborations that were not funded in the competitive process -- in planning their projects. It also contains important information for all hospitals on opportunities sponsored by the Department and the Commission to improve population health, including webinars, learning collaboratives, and associated resources. The website also outlines a series of Commission required  reports due December 2015 that ask hospitals to share data and information on their investments to-date and planned strategies aimed at improving care coordination and population health in their hospital service area, region, and across the State​.