Cost Containment

Reining in healthcare cost increases is a priority MHA and our members share with all healthcare stakeholders in the commonwealth. Find more information on MHA’s efforts and leadership on this important issue below.
CHIA’s latest report, released last week, provides information on acute and non-acute hospitals based on hospital characteristics, services, payer mix, utilization trends, cost trends, and financial performance over a five-year period.
The 1.6% total healthcare spending growth rate in Massachusetts was well below the national rate.
MHA’s Semi-Annual Year-End Health Plan Performance Report covering the period from January 2014 to June 2018 has been released.
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.
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.
Southcoast Health brought together nursing, business, health, and political leaders to show the community’s widespread opposition to Question 1.
Health Care For All and Health Law Advocates on October 24 released a statement regarding Question 1.
The Wall Street Journal last Thursday penned an editorial entitled: “Bad Bedside Manner in Massachusetts.”
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.
The HPC’s $949 million upper cost estimate does not include the cost associated with emergency departments.
The group representing health insurers in Massachusetts said that if Question 1 passes consumers will likely pay more in premiums.
The HPC announced last week that on Oct. 3 it will release its analysis of the healthcare costs associated with ballot Question 1.
A new study indicates that Medicare patients who receive care in a hospital outpatient department are usually poorer and sicker than those treated in an MD's office.
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.
The state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis released its latest annual report on the performance of the Massachusetts healthcare system – and the picture it paints is a positive one.
A nurse ratio cost study that the MNA released last week has been described as academically and scientifically unsound.

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: