Pharmacy

Guidance for hospital and clinical-based pharmacies as well as regulations related to commercial pharmacies.
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.
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
CMS is proposing massive changes to the 340B drug program that will make prescription drugs more expensive to low-income patients and the safety-net hospitals that serve them.
A broad coalition of organizations, including MHA, called for passage of legislation to promote transparency in prescription drug prices.
MHA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments in strong support of SB627, “An Act to Promote Transparency in Prescription Drug Prices.
The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), on behalf of its member hospitals and health systems, appreciates this opportunity to offer comments in strong support of HB1971 “An Act to Improve Access to Pharmacy Services in Hospitals.”

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: