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 Massachusetts House and Senate last Tuesday both passed the ACCESS bill that guarantees women access to preventive healthcare, including contraception coverage, without co-pays. The bill now awaits Governor Baker’s signature.
Caring for specific populations – and ensuring that they are receiving equitable, high-quality care – can be daunting in today’s fast-paced environment.
HB1304 An Act Establishing a Primary Seat Belt Law
SB995 would bring important equity to the application of penalties related to violations of the state’s wage and hour laws.
The Joint Committee on Public Health on Tuesday heard testimony on a bill that would create a new level of dental practice – Advance Dental Hygiene Practitioners (ADHP).
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA), on behalf of our member hospitals, health systems, physician organizations and allied healthcare providers, appreciates the opportunity to offer its strong support for HB659, “An Act to Protect F
The state’s Interagency Task Force on Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome issued its final report this week that assesses existing services and programs in the commonwealth for mothers and newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome
A coalition of 27 healthcare, consumer, and business organizations who make up the Massachusetts Telemedicine Coalition (tMED) today announced the filing of state legislation to advance and promote access to telemedicine services for patients.
TThe flu in Massachusetts is widespread across the state, and moderate in intensity, according to DPH’s weekly flu report. Influenza-like illness (ILI) is defined as fever above 100.01 in addition to either cough or sore throat.
The CDC has put out a nationwide health advisory warning clinicians to be aware of the multi-state measles outbreak, which between December 2014-January 2015, has resulted in more than 50 people in six states reported to have measles.
Although space is quickly filling up, it’s not too late to sign up for one of MHA’s premier events – the Mid-Winter Leadership Forum on Friday, January 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel.
Charlie Baker was sworn in as the seventy-second governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at noon on Thursday. He succeeds Deval Patrick who made the traditional “lone walk” out of the front door of the State House on Wednesday evening, signifyi
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which is a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, has announced a two-year initiative that will provide intensive technical assistance to a total of 20 hospitals to implement
During Governor Deval Patrick’s eight years as governor, the historic Chapter 58 universal coverage law (that was signed by his predecessor Mitt Romney) was fully implemented, and the state undertook the transparency and e-health initiatives in Chapt
Mark your calendar for the MGH Institute for Patient Care Symposium, which this year is entitled “Healthcare and the Gordian Knot” and is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, June 15 and 16 at the Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 A
In this program, participants will learn in a classroom setting the fundamentals of continuous improvement. They will then work in teams to apply the principles and tools of continuous improvement in an actual healthcare process at Beverly Hospital i
Therese Murray (D-Plymouth), who departed the legislature this week after 22 years of service, including the past eight years as president of the Massachusetts State Senate, has been awarded MHA’s Stephen J. Hegarty Award