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.
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.
Last week, MHA, working with member facilities, released two documents to assist hospitals in addressing a trend of patients misusing opioids within facilities.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives could begin consideration as early as tomorrow on a massive healthcare reform bill.
AHA’s #HAVhope Friday is a national day of awareness that unites the hospital and healthcare community to combat violence through the use of digital media.
Debate on the Massachusetts Senate’s budget proposal begins tomorrow and MHA has two priority amendment.
UMass Memorial Medical Center was one of three finalists for the prestigious 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service.
Last Tuesday, Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian announced a new pilot project to link data from local police, jail, hospital and others to help identify “frequent utilizers.”
The Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health holds a hearing today at 1 p.m. on the ballot question to impose mandatory RN staffing ratios.
Attend A Map Through the Maze on Wednesday, May 23 at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Debate begins today on the Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee’s state budget proposal for FY 2019.
The U.S. House Ways & Means Committee has issued a white paper summarizing comments the committee received on the opioid crisis within the Medicare program.
The Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee released its proposed FY19 state budget last Wednesday, and a preliminary review of it shows that the budget writers were responsive to some key hospital priorities.
MassHealth continues to tweak its sweeping Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program that went live in March.
The House Ways & Means Committee version of the FY2019 state budget is expected to be released by the committee this Wednesday.
The HPC is hosting a peer-to-peer knowledge sharing session on strategies for using telehealth to support behavioral health integration.
As of March 1, 2018, approximately 1.2 million MassHealth managed-care members will have a new set of plan options in which to enroll.
DPH has released the latest figures on opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts throughout all of 2017.

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: