Maryland HGO Committee Reviews Efforts to Enhance Hospital Efficiency and ED Stay Durations


Annapolis, MD, January 18, 2024 – The Maryland Health and Government Operations Committee received a detailed briefing on January 17, 2024, addressing the critical issues of hospital throughput and the duration of stays in emergency departments. The in-depth presentation was delivered by Erin Dorrien, Vice President of Policy at the Maryland Hospital Association, and Dr. Neel Vibhakar, MD, MBA, FACEP, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at UM BWMC, as well as Associate Chief Clinical Officer at the University of Maryland Medical System.

The presentation, “Improving Hospital Throughput and Emergency Department Length of Stay,” addressed the complexities contributing to extended emergency department wait times and proposed various innovative strategies to address these challenges. The briefing focused on the impacts of boarded patients, staffing issues, patient acuity, and complex medical conditions.

During the session, the Health and Government Operations Committee members actively engaged, asking numerous questions to delve into the challenges and potential solutions surrounding emergency wait times. Committee Chair Joseline Pena-Melnyk particularly emphasized the importance of addressing and fixing emergency wait times in Maryland and extended her gratitude to the workgroup and the Maryland Hospital Association for their diligence. The presence of House Speaker Adrienne Jones at the hearing further highlighted the issue’s significance and urgency.

In response to the briefing, Delegate Bhandari, who spearheaded the ED wait time bill in the House with Senator Karen Lewis Young in the Senate, inquired about possible legislative solutions. Delegate Bhandari and Delegates Szeliga and Martinez were members of the workgroup committed to this issue.

The Maryland Hospital Association’s commitment to improving patient flow was highlighted, along with the ambitious “Moonshot” initiative, which aims to create additional bed capacity by June 30, 2024.

The Maryland Hospital Association has announced plans to deliver a detailed report with comprehensive recommendations after their Friday, January 19, 2024, meeting. This report will offer a thorough overview and present actionable strategies for enhancing the operations of emergency departments.

More bills are expected to be introduced this session based on the recommendation.  

For more information, please contact

Office of Delegate Harry Bhandari


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