ACO/Integrated Care

Issues surrounding the three-part mission of clinical care, research and education.

In a letter to CMS last week, MHA urged the federal agency to reconsider rules regarding how Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) direct payments to providers.
As 2019 begins, here are a few key developments that should occur.
The 1.6% total healthcare spending growth rate in Massachusetts was well below the national rate.
The Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition holds its kickoff breakfast meeting tomorrow at The University of Massachusetts Club in Boston.
Perhaps the largest and most complex healthcare merger in state history is all but final after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office ok'd the merger with conditions.
The sweeping MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program just got a little larger.
By a 70-30 vote, Massachusetts communities in last week’s election rejected ballot Question 1.
Care is fluid and ever-changing and should not be determined by a rigid number arrived at through popular vote. Vote NO on 1.
The state’s HPC devoted part of its two-day cost trend hearing last week to the Question 1 ballot issue, adding new insight into the staffing mandate’s costs, and more.
The Massachusetts Public Health Council last week weighed in on the proposed Beth Israel Deaconess-Lahey merger.
A majority of stakeholders identified to the HPC that proposed mandatory nurse staffing ratios are a top area of concern.
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Norm Deschene, the CEO of Wellforce, announced last week that he intends to retire at the end of 2018.
The HPC has released its final report on the proposed large merger of hospitals and physician practices that would be known as Beth Israel Lahey Health.
Wellforce announced last week that it was adding Home Health Foundation to the system.
The legislative effort to get Massachusetts community hospitals some much-needed financial relief failed last week as the House and Senate were unable to reach compromise on two similar bills.
The state has released Massachusetts hospital financial performance data for all of 2017 and the picture is not at all rosy.
The Health Policy Commission has weighed in on another hospital/health system merger.
The HPC is expected to vote Wednesday on the preliminary Cost & Market Impact Review relating to the BID-Lahey merger.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services responded to the state’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver request that had been filed last September.
A conference committee will now attempt to resolve differences between the House bill and legislation from the Senate passed last year.

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: