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.
The Health Policy Commission’s (HPC’s) annual Cost Trend Report is an interesting, dense collection of facts and figures about the Massachusetts healthcare system. Within the 70-plus page 2018 report is a six-page section outlining 11 policy recommen
The state’s bold experiment with its dual eligible programs is getting some revisions, while raising some concerns among hospitals and physicians.
MHA, ONL and others are strongly supporting a bill that would authorize Massachusetts to join 31 other states that have adopted the national Nurse Licensure Compact.
According to a new preliminary report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, hospital-acquired conditions are declining.
As the healthcare sector rapidly evolves, hospitals are upgrading or expanding their facilities to meet the demands of patients.
Governor Charlie Baker last Wednesday released a $42.7 billion FY2020 state budget proposal that among other things maintains level MassHealth provider reimbursement rates,
tMED joined with Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Tom Golden last Friday to file legislation that would adopt a comprehensive telemedicine framework for Massachusetts.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) last week laid out its 2019 public policy agenda.
The American Hospital Association released a report last week showing that total drug spending per hospital admission increased 18.5% between FYs 2015 and 2017.
In a letter to CMS last week, MHA urged the federal agency to reconsider rules regarding how Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) direct payments to providers.
Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), along with several Democratic Senate and House members, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), announced the release of three bills intended to lower drug prices.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a fact sheet related to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC).
Each year the leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate Ways and Means Committees meet with the Administration and Finance Secretary to come up with their assumption of how much state revenues will increase in the coming year.
As 2019 begins, here are a few key developments that should occur.
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.
The Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition holds its kickoff breakfast meeting tomorrow at The University of Massachusetts Club in Boston.
MHA’s Semi-Annual Year-End Health Plan Performance Report covering the period from January 2014 to June 2018 has been released.
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.

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: