DHMH Proposes Criteria for Community-Based Health Clinic Certification

 Baltimore (August 6, 2012) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene today released for public comment proposed criteria for the certification of community-based health clinics, including Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Community-based clinics play a critical role in providing needed health services to uninsured and underinsured individuals in Maryland.  Over the next several years, the Affordable Care Act is expected to insure an additional 190,000 individuals in the Medicaid program and 285,000 individuals will have access to private insurance through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.  As coverage expands, health centers will play an increasingly important role in providing access to care.  

To prepare for this challenge, DHMH intends to strengthen its support of community-based health centers in Maryland.  The Department will identify new opportunities for centers to participate in state initiatives, receive state and federal grant funding, and partner in public health projects.  
 
For this expanded partnership to be successful, the Department is proposing voluntary certification for community-based health clinics, including FQHCs.  Certification will provide assurance that centers are financially stable, accessible to community residents, committed to high quality care, and actively engaged in local public health partnerships.  
 
“Community-based health centers will play an increasingly vital role in health care in Maryland,” said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary of DHMH. “Certification will allow us to maximize the value they provide.” 

The Department is seeking public comment on the proposed criteria for the state certification. To view the propose criteria, visit:
http://dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Proposed%20Community%20Clinic%20Certification.aspx.
 
In addition to comments on the proposed criteria, the Department is also seeking comment on the following questions:
 
  1. What partnership opportunities exist for the Department to support community-based clinics in Maryland that achieve certification?
  2. How should the certification process be structured so that it is not burdensome to community-based clinics and builds on reporting that is already required to the federal government?
                         
Public comments are due by August 31, 2012.  Please send all comments to  
dhmh.communitycenters@maryland.gov.
 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

Construction and inspections have been completed and WACS is set to re-open on Monday, October 22nd at 8:00 a.m. for business.

Please call 410-632-1100 for more information.

Read more ...

 

SNOW HILL, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department urges all residents age 6 months and older, including pregnant women and those with medical conditions, to be vaccinated for the 2018-2019 seasonal flu. People age 65 years and older have a choice of two flu vaccines available to them at the Worcester County Health Department. They can choose to receive a regular flu vaccine or a high dose flu vaccine which may result in a stronger immune response against the flu.

Read more ...

Due to ongoing construction issues, the WACS Center will be closed through October 19 and move services to other locations. The center is scheduled to reopen on Monday, October 22nd.

All services at this site have been relocated to either Snow Hill or the Berlin Health Center. We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information or to check on the status of your appointment, please call 410-632-1100.

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.

This bacterium is found in the nose, throat and mouth of an infected person, and can be easily spread. Pertussis can occur at any age, but often causes serious problems in babies, and is usually milder in older children and adults. Children who are too young to be fully vaccinated and those that have not received all their vaccinations are at highest risk for severe illness and complications. Complications of pertussis can include pneumonia (infection of the lungs), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), seizures, and other physical and medical outcomes associated with a severe cough.

Read more ...

Our new Just Walk Worcester website has information on local parks, walking tips, and videos of trails in our area. If you like to walk, check it out! Click the image below to see the new site. 

 

Read more ...
 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program