Public Health

The Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health considers matters regarding the public health of the commonwealth and other matters as referred. As its new name suggests, MHA and our members have an increasing focus on maintaining individuals’ health throughout their lives – as opposed to healing them when they fall ill. MHA is actively involved in matters of public health policy and legislation.
The Joint Committee on Public Health on Tuesday heard testimony on a bill that would create a new level of dental practice – Advance Dental Hygiene Practitioners (ADHP).
MHA statement regarding legislation to authorize Advance Dental Hygiene Practitioners
HB2466, HB2467 Tobacco and Agencies
The following legislative and administration re-assignments this past week affect the healthcare community.
HB2442/SB2137, HB3226/SB1245, HB3240, HB1200/SB1224, SB1264 Disease Prevention, Screening and Mandated Benefit
MHA – joining with the Massachusetts Health Council, the Boston Foundation and the American Heart / American Stroke Association – testified before the Joint Committee on Revenue in strong support of a tiered excise tax proposal on sugary drinks.
Dr. Lynda Young, president of Tobacco Free Mass and former president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, testified with Chris Lathan, M.D., a medical oncologist from Dana Farber Cancer Institute in support of legislation that would raise the legal
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined 15 other AGs from across the U.S. in filing a motion aimed at preserving the so-called “cost-sharing reductions”.
On Tuesday The Senate Ways & Means Committee released its state budget proposal for the coming fiscal year (2018), calling for total spending of $40.8 billion and including a number of provisions of great interest to the healthcare community.
MHA, the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA), Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, and New England QIN QIO offered a webinar series on leveraging data reports to drive quality improvement.
The Massachusetts healthcare environment has been moving steadily over recent years from a collection of individual hospitals to a collection of large hospital systems with members bound together.
Board of Registration in Medicine (BORIM), MHA expressed concerns shared by a wide segment of the provider community that BORIM’s proposed substantial changes to its regulations would increase healthcare costs.
If the per capita caps endorsed by the GOP-backed American Health Care Act (AHCA) are used to distribute Medicaid funds then Medicaid payments for children's healthcare between 2020 and 2026 will be reduced by at least $43 billion.
MHA's President & CEO Lynn Nicholas, FACHE will participate on a panel at Boston Children's Hospital on Wednesday, May 31 to discuss how recent federal healthcare policies will affect children and families.
DPH issued a notice on Monday about the presence of Carfentanil in New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island, and urged Massachusetts caregivers to be both on the lookout for cases involving it and to use caution.
Reliant Medical Group, an MHA member with more than 500 providers, has agreed to be purchased by Optum, a health services company that is part of UnitedHealth Group.
The Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care held its second annual summit and released the results of a poll to gauge how Massachusetts residents feel about addressing issues associated with illness and death.
As the Senate Ways & Means Committee readies its FY2018 budget proposal for release this week, MHA has reiterated its strong support for the inclusion of a tiered excise tax on sugary drinks.
As the healthcare sector transforms itself to deal with the unprecedented changes in the marketplace, hospitals are facing increasing challenges to balance patient satisfaction with cost containment.
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) of Massachusetts is holding a timely conference on May 25 on efforts to repeal and replace the ACA.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit: