Compliance

Information on the many state and federal regulations Massachusetts hospitals and other care providers must meet. 
Hospitals need to stay abreast of the evolving compliance issues and shifting priorities regarding Joint Commission accreditation.
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy’s much anticipated regulations on how a pharmacy can conduct sterile compounding will have unintended consequences that will increase costs and disrupt patient care.
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.
Numerous studies have identified electronic health records (EHRs) as being the cause of great physician dissatisfaction and burn out with their jobs. Doctors feel that the requirements to use EHRs cuts into their personal interaction with patients an
The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing has issued a notice on required training for healthcare providers on the issue of domestic and sexual violence as a condition of licensure.
DPH recently released a notice outlining new requirements for providers prescribing benzodiazepines.
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.
Congratulations to Lawrence General Hospital which treated a large influx of patients from the gas explosions that rocked the towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover.
Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker signed two pieces of legislation of interest to the hospital community.
The Health Policy Commission has weighed in on another hospital/health system merger.
Clinicians who participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2017 can now access their final MIPS score and performance feedback.
CMS will not update Hospital Compare’s quality star ratings in July as scheduled.
The IPPS proposed rule would significantly reduce the number of quality measures hospitals have to report.
With increased federal activity relating to immigration, healthcare facilities have been grappling with questions related to patients and staff whose legal status in the U.S. may be in jeopardy.
The new transparency website from the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is nearing completion.
The U.S. Senate failed last week to move forward any legislation that would resolve the thorny immigration issue and the fate of “Dreamers”.
The fundamental purpose of project management is to be one step ahead of potential risk.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey last Wednesday issued new community benefits guidelines for hospitals and HMOs.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced on Monday an initiative to reduce the quality reporting burden on healthcare providers.

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: