Pharmacy

Guidance for hospital and clinical-based pharmacies as well as regulations related to commercial pharmacies.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) released its annual cost trends report last week.
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy has issued some new, stricter rules for pharmacy technicians in training.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) defended the 340B drug program and the hospitals and health centers that rely on it at a hearing last Thursday.
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy has issued a new application form for pharmacies considering expansions.
DPH has released the latest figures on opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts throughout all of 2017.
Hospitals are still reporting that they are low on IV bags, saline and emergency products.
Pres. Trump said a great priority is to reduce the price of prescription drugs.
There's been a nationwide shortage of IV fluids through injection bags since Hurricane Maria disrupted production facilities in Puerto Rico.
A U.S. District Court dismissed a lawsuit regarding a Medicare policy that would reduce hospital payments under the 340B program.
SB1174, HB1181/SB1183, SB1269, HB1136, HB1137, HB1207, HB3250, SB1248, SB1270, HB1175, HB1197, SB1230, HB2441, HB2477, HB3514, SB1212, SB1234 Healthcare Facilities
HB490/SB550, SB523 Pharmacy and Medical Malpractice
When CMS issued the final outpatient prospective payment system rule last week it etched into regulation what had only been proposed: significant Medicare reimbursement cuts to hospitals for pharmaceuticals.
When CMS issued the final outpatient prospective payment system rule last week it etched into regulation what had only been proposed: significant Medicare reimbursement cuts to hospitals for pharmaceuticals.
The healthcare “cost-containment and reform” bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed at midnight last Thursday offer some positive steps forward, but also areas of concern.
The healthcare “cost-containment and reform” bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed at midnight last Thursday offer some positive steps forward, but also areas of concern.
10.31.2017  | The HEALTH Act
An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (the HEALTH Act)
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
The Health Policy Commission’s cost trends hearing held on Monday and Tuesday delivered, as usual, lots of data and testimony on the state of the state’s healthcare system. As part of the HPC’s conversation, the commonwealth’s two leading legislator
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 testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Thursday, arguing in favor of continuing the cost-sharing reductions that are included in the Affordable Care Act and that help insur

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.
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