Behavioral Health

Information on how hospitals, health systems and other caregivers can improve treatment and management of illnesses affecting the mind as well as the body.
Governor Charlie Baker has announced that he will vote NO on Question 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.
Behavioral beds will close if Question 1 passes and there are not enough RNs available to fulfill the staffing mandates.
The list of important healthcare entities opposing Question 1 continues to grow as the November 6 Election Day nears.
The HPC’s $949 million upper cost estimate does not include the cost associated with emergency departments.
A majority of stakeholders identified to the HPC that proposed mandatory nurse staffing ratios are a top area of concern.
In Mass., optimism over a federal opioid bill is mixed with concern over an impending threat to the state's behavioral health system
In the battle against the opioid epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking data from hospitals across the U.S.
The FDA has awarded a contract to develop evidence-based guidelines for appropriate opioid analgesic prescribing.
Approximately 30 hospitals a year across the U.S. are closing, according to a national study that is resonating in Massachusetts.
Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker signed two pieces of legislation of interest to the hospital community.
08.06.2018  | Opioid Bill Passes
Close to midnight on July 31, the Massachusetts Senate sent Governor Baker the final text of legislation to address the opioid epidemic.
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 Health Policy Commission (HPC) last Wednesday announced its SHIFT-Care grant awardees.
The Boston Globe had a strong article last week by reporter Liz Kowalczyk highlighting the ongoing problem of ED “boarding.”
In a 37-0 vote last Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate passed “An Act for Prevention and Access to Appropriate Care and Treatment of Addiction.”
SAMHSA is hosting a freecourse designed to help physicians and healthcare professionals who care for pregnant women with opioid use disorder.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted unanimously last Wednesday to pass a sweeping, multi-part bill to fight the opioid crisis.
The Massachusetts Senate last Thursday voted 33 to 3 to pass SB 2571, which would raise the legal age for tobacco use from 18 to 21 years.
DPH’s quarterly opioid report was released last Friday showing that for the first three months of 2018 there were approximately 474 confirmed or estimated deaths from opioids in Massachusetts.

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.
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