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.
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.
MassHealth continues to tweak its sweeping Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program that went live in March.
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.
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.
A new healthcare policy/advocacy group – United States of Care – launched last week.
A statewide initiative to address ED boarding of patients needing inpatient psychiatric care has gone into effect.
Robert DeLeo laid out priorities for the new legislative year, including a vow to take up healthcare reform “in the coming months.”
Last Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion FY19 state budget proposal.
There may be a big roadblock to creating supervised injection facilities (SIFs) in Massachusetts – the federal government.
Governor Charlie Baker was at Beverly Hospital last Thursday as part of his tour to drum up support for his second major opioid bill.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) last Wednesday announced a new grant program for eligible providers to help them reduce avoidable acute care use.
SB1174, HB1181/SB1183, SB1269, HB1136, HB1137, HB1207, HB3250, SB1248, SB1270, HB1175, HB1197, SB1230, HB2441, HB2477, HB3514, SB1212, SB1234 Healthcare Facilities
The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program is set to go live March 1, 2018.
HB488 / SB547, HB527 / SB524, SB543 Health Insurance Mandates / Life Insurance
10.31.2017  | The HEALTH Act
An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (the HEALTH Act)
HB1184, HB2434/SB1244, HB578/SB549, HB2439, HB3230, HB2436, HB3236/SB1221, HB3227, HB3515, SB1246 Patient Safety and Quality; Workforce Development
Senate leaders unveiled a 159-section, 101-page healthcare reform bill on Tuesday that addresses behavioral health, provider price variation, readmissions, the scope of practice for various health professions, and telemedicine – among a host of other

Resources

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