EOHHS

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) is the largest secretariat in the commonwealth, responsible for the Medicaid program, child welfare, public health, disabilities, veterans’ affairs, and elder affairs. Under the direction of the Secretary of Health & Human Services, EOHHS oversees the numerous state agencies involved in providing services to these populations in Massachusetts. MHA represents its members’ interests before these agencies and with the secretariat itself, educating and advocating on matters of vital importance to hospitals, health systems, and other care providers.
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
A deficiency budget that the Massachusetts House passed this week to close the books on FY17 included a provision requiring every employer in Massachusetts with six or more workers to out an employer medical assistance contribution (EMAC) compliance
Governor Baker announced on Wednesday that he intends to file a new bill to address the opioid epidemic. The details of the bill have not been revealed yet, but the State House News Service quoted the governor as saying it would deal with “prevention
MHA appreciates this opportunity to offer comments in opposition to SB195, "An Act to Clarify and Enhance Privacy Protections for Electronic Health Records (EHRs)."
09.04.2017  | A Very Busy August
The so-called August policy-making lull has been anything but relaxing for MHA as the association was active over the past two weeks at both the state and federal levels, commenting on the MassHealth waiver amendment, Health Safety Net funding, Medi
SB1235 An Act to Prevent Unscrupulous Medical Debt Recovery Practices
Governor Charlie Baker announced a “MassHealth Reform Package” Tuesday that includes revenues and savings totaling $314.6 million. Governor shared the proposal with the legislature in hopes that it will be included in the final FY2018 state budget.
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’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force (SUDPTTF) has issued new guidelines for prescription opioid management within hospitals hospital settings.
EOHHS has released the state’s Medicaid waiver proposal – the document that lays out the state’s plans for operating the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth) and related healthcare initiatives.
On Tuesday, June 21The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) and The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Technology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School will co-host the inaugural event for the Project on Advanced Care and Health Policy.
The Massachusetts State Senate approved a $39.6 billion state budget proposal Thursday night, and it contains budget priorities for which MHA and the hospital/healthcare community advocated.
Hospitals should review their policies and procedures to ensure consistency with recently updated Statements on Principles from the American College of Surgeons regarding the responsibilities of primary surgeons during surgery.
Massachusetts’ latest healthcare reform law, Chapter 224, requires the Health Policy Commission to “establish a process for certain registered provider organizations to be certified as accountable care organizations.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released Health, United States, 2015 – a comprehensive statistical overview of the national health data.
CMS’s plan to rate hospitals with stars – similar to how consumers are informed about the quality of restaurants or appliances.
A national effort to eliminate healthcare disparities is gaining steam as more and more hospitals are signing on to AHA’s Equity of Care Campaign.
Schwartz Center will convene a panel of experts from the front lines of care who will address some important questions about delivering care during trying times.
The Reuters news service published an analysis last week that showed how prices for four of the top 10 prescription drugs in the U.S. increased by more than 100% since 2011 and the six others went up by more than 50%.

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 
Click on the links below for easy access to information on important federal healthcare matters and MHA’s advocacy, outreach and other work on these issues.

Both of these include links to members list, committees, and legislation and records.