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.
MHA is filing legislation to etch into law rules to help foster safer hospital workplaces.
A new paper released last week has raised the alarm on the pervasive problem of physician burnout.
Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction, and DPH’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services are sponsoring free buprenorphine “x-waiver” trainings across the state.
Even though incidences of influenza in Massachusetts dropped slightly last week as compared to the week before, DPH still considers flu "widespread" and at "high" intensity.
MHA has released guidelines to assist hospitals develop appropriate programs to administer and/or prescribe Medication for Addiction Treatment in their EDs or satellite emergency facilities.
DPH has announced that the Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registration (MCSR) system is moving online.
DPH recently released a notice outlining new requirements for providers prescribing benzodiazepines.
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The Massachusetts Public Health Council last week weighed in on the proposed Beth Israel Deaconess-Lahey merger.
The Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace has released an online program to help nurses prevent musculoskeletal injuries.
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Massachusetts DPH last week issued advisories about Hepatitis A and West Nile virus.
Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker signed two pieces of legislation of interest to the hospital community.
In a 37-0 vote last Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate passed “An Act for Prevention and Access to Appropriate Care and Treatment of Addiction.”
DPH’s quarterly opioid report was released last Friday showing that for the first three months of 2018 there were approximately 474 confirmed or estimated deaths from opioids in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Public Health Council last week approved the proposed merger of he Beth Israel Deaconess system, Lahey Health, and other entities.
The deal involving Lahey Health, the Beth Israel Deaconess system, and other entities received a favorable report from DPH.
A statewide initiative to address ED boarding of patients needing inpatient psychiatric care has gone into effect.
The Massachusetts Lung Cancer Screening Learning Collaborative is holding a kickoff meeting on Wednesday, March 14.
After the state experienced a small dip in the flu during the first two weeks of January, last week flu cases spiked upward.

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