Joseph A. Ciotola, M.D., Co-Chair (chosen by Maryland Health Care Commission)
Deborah Mizeur, Co-Chair (chosen by Maryland Health Care Commission)

Appointed by Senate President: Stephen S. Hershey, Jr.; James N. Matthias, Jr.

Appointed by House Speaker: Sheree L. Sample-Hughes; Jay A. Jacobs.

Appointed by Maryland Health Care Commission: Jennifer Berkman; Kevin H. Beverly; Richard Colgan, M.D.; Garret A. Falcone; Robert Grace; Heather Guerieri, R.N.; J. Wayne Howard; Holly R. Ireland; Susan M. Johnson, R.N.; Kenneth D. Kozel; Janice J. Lake; Margaret D. Malaro, M.D.; W. Brett McCone; Brenda J. Mister, Ed.D.; Charles K. (Chuck) Planner; Gene M. Ransom III; Leland D. Spencer, M.D.; W. Scott Warner; Lara D. Wilson.

Ex officio: Thomas M. Middleton, Chair, Senate Finance Committee; Shane E. Pendergrass, Chair, House Health & Government Operations Committee; Dennis R. Schrader, Secretary of Health; Joy A. Strand, Chief Executive Officer, McCready Memorial Hospital; Mark Boucout, Chief Executive Officer, Garrett Regional Medical Center.

Staff: Erin M. Dorrien

c/o Government Relations & Special Projects
Maryland Health Care Commission
Metro Executive Office Building, 4201 Patterson Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215 - 2299
(410) 764-3284

Report to Governor & General Assembly due Oct. 1, 2017 (Chapter 420, Acts of 2016).

In July 2016, the Work Group on Rural Health Care Delivery was established (Chapter 420, Acts of 2016).

The Work Group is overseeing a study of rural health care needs in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties. In these five Eastern Shore counties, the Work Group will hold public hearings on their health care needs.

In the five counties, the rural health care needs study will be conducted by an entity with expertise in rural health care delivery and planning. The study will examine challenges to health care delivery, including limited availability of health care providers and services; special needs of vulnerable populations; transportation barriers, and the economic impact of closing, partly closing, or converting health care facilities. The Work Group also is to identify how the benefits of telehealth and the Maryland all-payer model contract might help in restructuring the delivery of rural health care services. Finally, the study is to develop policy options that address the health care needs of residents, and improve the health care delivery system in the five counties.

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