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The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program is set to go live March 1, 2018.
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
Statement from Lynn Nicholas, MHA President & CEO, on the Trump administration’s federal insurance changes
Statement from Lynn Nicholas, MHA President & CEO, on AG Maura Healey joining CSR lawsuit against the Trump administration.
MHA supports SB499/HB536 which seeks to guarantee women access to preventive health care, including contraception coverage, without co-pays. MHA strongly supports HB502, which requires MassHealth, its contractors, and all private insurers to adequa
Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed off on half of his plan to address growing costs in the state’s healthcare system.
Governor Baker’s MassHealth reform package, which he coupled with an increase in the per-worker assessment employers pay, suffered a setback last week.
The US Senate on Thursday released their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the House on May 5th. Like the proposal that passed in the House, the Senate bill seeks to repeal significant portions of the Affordable Care Act.
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.
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, on behalf of our member hospitals, health systems, physician organizations and allied health care providers, appreciates the opportunity to submit comments in support of HB101.
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA), on behalf of our member hospitals, health systems, physician organizations and allied health care providers, appreciates the opportunity to submit comments in strong support of HB592 / SB630.
As of Monday Report’s deadline there was still not a resolution of the planned strike of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) by the Massachusetts Nurses Association union.
MHA’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force (SUDPTTF) has issued new guidelines for prescription opioid management within hospitals hospital settings.
ACHE of Massachusetts (American College of Healthcare Executives) is holding its spring conference on Friday, June 24.
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.

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: