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 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.
Nearly a dozen Republican senators introduced legislation to bar health insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions.
Approximately 30 hospitals a year across the U.S. are closing, according to a national study that is resonating in Massachusetts.
The legislative effort to get Massachusetts community hospitals some much-needed financial relief failed last week as the House and Senate were unable to reach compromise on two similar bills.
The Health Policy Commission has weighed in on another hospital/health system merger.
The Massachusetts Legislature approved a $41.88 billion FY2019 state budget last Wednesday and sent it to Governor Baker.
The HPC is expected to vote Wednesday on the preliminary Cost & Market Impact Review relating to the BID-Lahey merger.
On Friday CHIA will post on the CompareCare website a spreadsheet containing the data it used to populate its procedure pricing tool.
Things moved at a slow pace during last week’s oppressive heat wave and mid-week Independence Day holiday. But MHA continued its focus on key priorities.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services responded to the state’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver request that had been filed last September.
A conference committee will now attempt to resolve differences between the House bill and legislation from the Senate passed last year.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives could begin consideration as early as tomorrow on a massive healthcare reform bill.
Last week 20 Massachusetts business groups announced that they were beginning an effort to reduce avoidable use of hospital emergency departments.
The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) has launched CompareCare.
The House Ways & Means Committee version of the FY2019 state budget is expected to be released by the committee this Wednesday.
EOHHS announced last week that 52 acute care hospitals are eligible for $10.385 million through the Community Hospital Reinvestment Trust Fund.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) released its annual cost trends report last week.
The proposed statewide ballot question to impose one-size-fits-all ratios on hospitals would threaten the state's cost growth benchmark.
EOHHS announced a new opportunity for primary care providers seeking to participate in the new MassHealth ACO program.

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: