A major health care law passed in Maryland could be reversed with just a few changes.
More:The Maryland Health Care Department announced Monday that it will start issuing new health care directives and guidelines to hospitals, doctors, dentists, and other health care providers.
In a press release, the department said the directives are designed to address issues such as the quality of care provided, the safety of medical procedures and equipment, the quality and appropriateness of patient care, and the quality, safety and appropriatueness of the use of health care equipment.
The directive will be available in the Maryland Medical Services Administrative Directory, the MDOC website, and in other public information.
Larry Hogan, a Republican, called the directives “historic” and said they will “bring Maryland’s health system into line with the rest of the nation.”
The announcement comes at a time of growing political controversy in Maryland over the state’s role in overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
In September, Hogan signed into law a directive to expand Medicaid eligibility and provide coverage for a range of services.
A week later, Maryland joined 15 other states that had signed onto a federal lawsuit to block the implementation.
Hogan and the legislature have been in talks over the issue.
The state has also been in court over the new directives.
A federal judge in Maryland issued an injunction last week to block implementation of one of the new health directives, and a lower court judge is also expected to rule soon on a separate injunction that would block implementation in a second directive.