Health Policy Commission

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) is an independent state agency that develops policy to reduce healthcare cost growth and improve the quality of patient care. MHA engages and interacts with HPC staff and commissioners alike to ensure that our members’ perspectives are heard, taken into account and included at all stages of the HPC’s research, assessment and recommendations concerning broad healthcare cost and quality goals.
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 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
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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
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When the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission convened its October 16 conference in Boxborough to showcase healthcare delivery transformations achieved through its Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, & Transformation (CHART) investment
The Health Policy Commission’s cost trends hearing held on Monday and Tuesday delivered, as usual, lots of data and testimony on the state of the state’s healthcare system. As part of the HPC’s conversation, the commonwealth’s two leading legislator
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is sponsoring a free conference based on the healthcare delivery transformations achieved through the CHART program.
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is sponsoring a free conference based on the healthcare delivery transformations achieved through the CHART program.
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) hosts its fifth annual cost trend hearing on Monday and Tuesday, October 2 and 3 at Suffolk University Law School.
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).
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on the following bills regarding primary care, behavioral and mental health and professional practice.
At its Wednesday meeting, the Health Policy Commission (HPC) released data confirming what providers see each day from the opioid crisis in Massachusetts.
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On Tuesday, August 8, the Health Policy Commission (HPC) is holding a peer-to-peer session on strategies for implementing pharmacologic treatment of substance use disorder in primary care settings.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health, along with New England Baptist, Mount Auburn, and Anna Jacques hospitals this week inked a formal agreement to create a new healthcare system.
A broad coalition of organizations, including MHA, called for passage of legislation to promote transparency in prescription drug prices.
MHA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments in strong support of SB627, “An Act to Promote Transparency in Prescription Drug Prices.
The Health Policy Commission announced on Friday that it would conduct a comprehensive Cost and Market Impact Review on the proposed merger of Partners HealthCare and Massachusetts Eye & Ear.

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