Department of Public Health

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks to prevent illness, injury and premature death, assure access to high quality public health and healthcare services, and to promote wellness and health equity across the state. MHA engages with DPH on numerous issues ranging from responses to the opioid epidemic and tobacco cessation to healthcare facility licensure and workforce safety, advocating for the interests and concerns of our members.
The Health Policy Commission’s (HPC’s) preliminary Cost and Market Impact Review (CMIR), on the merger between Partners HealthCare and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and its Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates physician organization was re
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
Saying that healthcare providers have “a moral obligation to help patients remain alive and healthy until they can choose recovery,” MHA on Wednesday testified in support of a Massachusetts senate bill that would allow DPH to implement safe injection
SB1081 Authorize Public Health Workers to Pursue New Measures to Reduce Harm and Stigma for People Affected by Substance Use Disorder
MHA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments in strong opposition to SB174, “An Act Establishing the Licensure of Interpreters and Oral Transliterators for the Deaf.”
Each week of August will feature a specific theme, relating to infants and children, pregnant women, adults, preteens and teens, with the last week focusing on “back to school immunization issues.
HB2442/SB2137, HB3226/SB1245, HB3240, HB1200/SB1224, SB1264 Disease Prevention, Screening and Mandated Benefit
Following legislative review by the recently created Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, the House and Senate last week approved differing bills that amend the state’s new law legalizing the commercial sale of marijuana.
MHA appreciates this opportunity to offer comments on bills that address market performance and oversight of the healthcare entities and the assessment of funding to provide financial support for the healthcare system.
MHA, hospitals, health systems and other providers have made great strides in healthcare payment and delivery reform, thanks to Massachusetts' health reform law of 2006 and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Hospitals and other healthcare providers are a foundation for good in the United States, but our nation’s very solid progress toward accessible, high-quality care for all residents is now under siege.
Emergency department (ED) boarding for patients in need of inpatient psychiatric and substance use disorder services is a problem.
TOBACCO FREE MASS is holding its Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser on Thursday, June 23, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Massachusetts Medical Society.
TOBACCO FREE MASS is holding its Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser on Thursday, June 23, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Massachusetts Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham.
TOBACCO FREE MASS is holding its Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser on Thursday, June 23, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Massachusetts Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham.
MHA sent a letter to EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders on May 6, requesting reconsideration of scheduled eligibility changes to the state’s Health Safety Net program, and, in particular, the new presumptive determination policy.
Twenty-eight Massachusetts hospitals have signed the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.
Nancy Ridley, assistant DPH commissioner from 1994 to 2007, passed away on April 27 at age 71.
Cindy L. Russo, MS, RN, FACHE, has been named President/Chief Administrative Officer of Baystate Franklin Medical Center/Baystate Health Northern Region.

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