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 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).
At its Wednesday meeting, the Health Policy Commission (HPC) released data confirming what providers see each day from the opioid crisis in Massachusetts.
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 state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) on Wednesday introduced “DataPoints” – described as online briefs that will spotlight data findings relevant to HPC’s mission
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.
To balance the FY17 budget, the administration intends to sweep $23.5 million from the state’s Distressed Hospital Fund which is used to fund the HPC's CHART grant program.
The Bay State has one of the lowest rates of growth in annual health spending, according to a report from the state’s HPC
New England Baptist Hospital announced it had signed a letter of intent to explore joining Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Lahey Health in creating a combined healthcare system.
The state’s “healthcare growth benchmark” – the statewide target that the Health Policy Commission (HPC) sets for the rate of growth of total healthcare expenditures in Massachusetts has been set.

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