Population Health


As stewards of the public health and one of the state’s largest employer groups, hospitals are well positioned to address the various health needs of their patients, employees, communities and all residents of the commonwealth. Through the top notch care they provide, as well as their community benefit programs and worksite wellness initiatives, hospitals are tackling many important public health issues including the rising obesity epidemic, health disparities, and chronic disease management.
The American Hospital Association released a report last week showing that total drug spending per hospital admission increased 18.5% between FYs 2015 and 2017.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a fact sheet related to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC).
Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), along with several Democratic Senate and House members, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), announced the release of three bills intended to lower drug prices.
Using funding from recent settlements through its healthcare division, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office last week distributed $3 million in grants to organizations addressing social determinants of health.
Each year the leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate Ways and Means Committees meet with the Administration and Finance Secretary to come up with their assumption of how much state revenues will increase in the coming year.
As 2019 begins, here are a few key developments that should occur.
The Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition holds its kickoff breakfast meeting tomorrow at The University of Massachusetts Club in Boston.
MHA is opposed to a proposed federal rule that will make harder for immigrants to access medical care.
Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) has announced the winners of its first annual “MHQP Patient Experience Awards,” which recognizes primary care practices that perform highest on MHQP’s annual survey.
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Workgroup has issued a new guidance document to assist hospitals with implementing care and management practices for patients with Alzheimer’s and related dementi
Perhaps the largest and most complex healthcare merger in state history is all but final after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office ok'd the merger with conditions.
Numerous studies have identified electronic health records (EHRs) as being the cause of great physician dissatisfaction and burn out with their jobs. Doctors feel that the requirements to use EHRs cuts into their personal interaction with patients an
Lawrence General Hospital is operating a program to help its communities fight obesity and resultant health problems.
Care is fluid and ever-changing and should not be determined by a rigid number arrived at through popular vote. Vote NO on 1.
MHA was an early endorser of the Yes on 3 campaign for a variety of reasons.
Governor Charlie Baker has announced that he will vote NO on Question 1.
Behavioral beds will close if Question 1 passes and there are not enough RNs available to fulfill the staffing mandates.
Approximately 30 hospitals a year across the U.S. are closing, according to a national study that is resonating in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Action Coalition recently was named one of nine state-based groups to receive a $25,000 innovation fund from the national Campaign for Action.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) last Wednesday announced its SHIFT-Care grant awardees.