Health Safety Net (HSN)

Uncompensated funding for patients without other resources.
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.
MHA weighed in with the House Ways & Means Committee as it prepares to take the next step in the state’s budget process.
The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program begins on Thursday, March 1.
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.
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
A deficiency budget that the Massachusetts House passed this week to close the books on FY17 included a provision requiring every employer in Massachusetts with six or more workers to out an employer medical assistance contribution (EMAC) compliance
Last week Governor Baker signed a $39.4 billion state budget, vetoing about $222 million in MassHealth line while sending back to the legislature proposed healthcare amendments to the budget that Baker wants action on within 60 days
SB1235 An Act to Prevent Unscrupulous Medical Debt Recovery Practices
Governor Charlie Baker announced a “MassHealth Reform Package” Tuesday that includes revenues and savings totaling $314.6 million. Governor shared the proposal with the legislature in hopes that it will be included in the final FY2018 state budget.
MHA appreciates this opportunity to offer comments on bills that address market performance and oversight of the healthcare entities and the assessment of funding to provide financial support for the healthcare system.
MHA’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force (SUDPTTF) has issued new guidelines for prescription opioid management within hospitals hospital settings.
EOHHS has released the state’s Medicaid waiver proposal – the document that lays out the state’s plans for operating the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth) and related healthcare initiatives.
On Tuesday, June 21The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) and The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Technology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School will co-host the inaugural event for the Project on Advanced Care and Health Policy.
The Massachusetts State Senate approved a $39.6 billion state budget proposal Thursday night, and it contains budget priorities for which MHA and the hospital/healthcare community advocated.
Hospitals should review their policies and procedures to ensure consistency with recently updated Statements on Principles from the American College of Surgeons regarding the responsibilities of primary surgeons during surgery.
Massachusetts’ latest healthcare reform law, Chapter 224, requires the Health Policy Commission to “establish a process for certain registered provider organizations to be certified as accountable care organizations.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released Health, United States, 2015 – a comprehensive statistical overview of the national health data.
CMS’s plan to rate hospitals with stars – similar to how consumers are informed about the quality of restaurants or appliances.

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: