Other Key Agencies

Numerous additional state agencies support, regulate, review or otherwise administer healthcare in Massachusetts. Click on the name of one of the individual agencies listed below for more information on their work, and MHA’s related advocacy and outreach efforts.
The fundamental purpose of project management is to be one step ahead of potential risk.
A statewide initiative to address ED boarding of patients needing inpatient psychiatric care has gone into effect.
HB1186 An Act to Promote Patient Care Transparency and Nurse Advancement
HB1144/SB1167 An Act Relative to Safe Patient Handling in Certain Health Facilities
SB2208 An Act Relative to the Scheduling of Employees
HB2451/SB1257, HB2437, SB1210, HB2457/SB1266, HB2443, HB578/SB549, HB2446, SB1261 Professional Licensure & Scope of Practice
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
HB2183, HB495, HB2157/SB565, SB595, HB538 Health and Dental Insurance Matters
MHA offers testimony on a series of bills relating to commercial insurance.
The Mass Collaborative, of which MHA is a founding member along with insurance companies and providers, last week had one of its prior authorization initiatives approved by the Department of Insurance (DoI).
MHA appreciates this opportunity to offer comments in strong support of SB354, “An Act relative to Reserving Beds in Nursing Homes During Certain Leaves of Absence.”
The state’s Judicial Court on Wednesday appointed the Division of Insurance’s (DoI) acting commissioner Gary Anderson as the receiver of the health insurance company Minuteman Health.
HB110 An Act Relative to Ensuring the Safety of Residents of Facilities Under the Authority of the Department of Mental Health & the Department of Developmental Disabilities
HB2466, HB2467 Tobacco and Agencies
SB1235 An Act to Prevent Unscrupulous Medical Debt Recovery Practices
Last week Auditor Suzanne Bump issued a mandated report on Chap. 224 that focuses on the gains and remaining challenges of the law.
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.
The Division of Insurance (DOI) has scheduled two webinars to assist carriers and providers to understand the Risk-Bearing Provider Organization (RBPO) certificate process in relation to the development of MassHealth ACO contracts.

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