CHIA

The Center for Healthcare Information Analysis (CHIA) is an independent agency that serves as the commonwealth’s primary hub for healthcare data and a key source of healthcare analytics that support state healthcare policy development. MHA works collaboratively with CHIA and other agencies to improve efficiency in the collection, dissemination and use of healthcare data and to promote administrative simplification.
Each year the leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate Ways and Means Committees meet with the Administration and Finance Secretary to come up with their assumption of how much state revenues will increase in the coming year.
CHIA’s latest report, released last week, provides information on acute and non-acute hospitals based on hospital characteristics, services, payer mix, utilization trends, cost trends, and financial performance over a five-year period.
The 1.6% total healthcare spending growth rate in Massachusetts was well below the national rate.
The state has released Massachusetts hospital financial performance data for all of 2017 and the picture is not at all rosy.
On Friday CHIA will post on the CompareCare website a spreadsheet containing the data it used to populate its procedure pricing tool.
A conference committee will now attempt to resolve differences between the House bill and legislation from the Senate passed last year.
The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) has launched CompareCare.
The new transparency website from the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is nearing completion.
EOHHS announced last week that 52 acute care hospitals are eligible for $10.385 million through the Community Hospital Reinvestment Trust Fund.
The much-awaited-for consumer health information website from the state is up-and-running in test mode only.
The healthcare “cost-containment and reform” bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed at midnight last Thursday offer some positive steps forward, but also areas of concern.
The healthcare “cost-containment and reform” bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed at midnight last Thursday offer some positive steps forward, but also areas of concern.
10.31.2017  | The HEALTH Act
An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (the HEALTH Act)
While debate in Massachusetts and in Washington focus on healthcare costs and healthcare access, a more general question merits attention: In the incessant effort to regulate all aspects of the healthcare community, is the state creating a regulatory
HB2167 An Act to Improve Health Care Costs for Employers and Consumers
HB2183, HB495, HB2157/SB565, SB595, HB538 Health and Dental Insurance Matters
SB566 An Act Relative to an Affordable Health Plan
MHA offers testimony on a series of bills relating to commercial insurance.
The Massachusetts growth rate for total healthcare spending was 2.8% for 2016, well below the state benchmark of 3.6%, according to a new report from the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA).
Statement from Lynn Nicholas, MHA President & CEO, on CHIA’s preliminary report on the performance of the Massachusetts Healthcare System

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:
  • Directory of Government Officials
  • 2016-2017/2017-2018 State Legislative Package