The Maryland Health Care Commission Announces Appointment of Ben Steffen as Executive Director

 Baltimore MD (October 12, 2012) - The Maryland Health Care Commission announced the appointment of Ben Steffen as Executive Director. For the past year, Mr. Steffen has been serving as Acting Executive Director of the Commission.  In this role, he has been a spokesman for the Commission on State health care expenditures, physician work force, physician uncompensated care, and information security. In the 2012 regular session of the General Assembly, he successfully shepherded legislation that will continue the State’s regulatory oversight of primary and non-primary percutaneous coronary intervention services.

“We are happy to announce the well-deserved appointment of Ben Steffen as Executive Director,” said Commission Chair Craig Tanio. “Ben has done an outstanding job over the last year and we are excited about his leadership going forward.”

Ben Steffen has been with the Commission or its predecessor since 1994 and previously served as Director of the Commission’s Center for Analysis and Health Information Services. This Center has analytic and operational responsibilities for health care practitioner initiatives in the State including development of an All Payer Claims Database and the Patient Centered Medical Home Program. Earlier in his career, Mr. Steffen served as a budget analyst in the Health, Housing, and Income Security Division of the Congressional Budget Office, where he worked on health care initiatives that lead to reforms of Medicare payment systems for hospital services. Mr. Steffen holds a Master of Arts degree from American University and completed post-graduate work at the University of Michigan.  Mr. Steffen served as an American Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal.
 

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Public Health Officials Offer Food Safety Tips in Preparation of Potential Power Outages and Flooding Due to Hurricane Florence

(Salisbury, MD) - As Hurricane Florence begins to make way across the Eastern seaboard, health officials of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties recommend the following food safety tips for residents to help them prepare now, should local power outages or flooding occur.

• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. For more information on generator safety, visit here.

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Snow Hill, MD- Small changes often lead to major results and Worcester County Health Department’s free Lifestyle Balance program aims to help residents eat healthy, be active and lower their risk for type 2 diabetes with easy-to-follow tips and tools. New classes begin this September at the Atlantic Club in West Ocean City.


• Classes run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday beginning September 11 and ending on January 15.

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Due to inclement weather, the Just Walk Making Strides event scheduled for today is rescheduled for 5-6 p.m. on October 18 at Byrd Park in Snow Hill. For more information, please call 410-632-0056.  Read more ...
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