University of Maryland Medical Center Seeks 5 Percent Rate Hike Amid Contracts Scandal

As the University of Maryland Medical System faces fallout from a scandal involving lucrative contracts awarded to its board members, including Catherine Pugh, who has since resigned from the board and as Baltimore’s mayor, the system’s flagship hospital has made a move to charge its patients more.

The University of Maryland Medical Center asked state regulators for permission to boost billing by $75 million a year, a nearly 5 percent increase. It’s the largest increase requested by any hospital since the state began capping hospitals’ budgets in recent years under a federally sanctioned program to control health care spending.

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