Substance Use Disorder


Under the leadership of its board of trustees, The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association has created a Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force to develop provider focused strategies to help address the high incidence of opioid misuse that affects our communities.

Click here for detailed information on MHA’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force (SUDPTTF). It is located on the association’s quality and patient safety website, PatientCareLink.
There may be a big roadblock to creating supervised injection facilities (SIFs) in Massachusetts – the federal government.
President Trump has signed into law the “International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act”.
Governor Charlie Baker was at Beverly Hospital last Thursday as part of his tour to drum up support for his second major opioid bill.
HB2180 Relative to Patient Choice to Promote Prescription Safety
HB565 Relative to Opioid Prescribing Practices and Access to Pain Management
DPH notified providers last week that it has noticed an increase in HIV infections in people who inject drugs.
Governor Charlie Baker last Tuesday unveiled HB4033, “An Act Relative to Combatting Addiction, Accessing Treatment, Reducing Prescriptions, and Enhancing Prevention (CARE Act)” – his second major bill since taking office that addresses the opioid cri
Last week MHA’s V.P. of Clinical Affairs Pat Noga, R.N., FAAN, and V.P. of Clinical Integration Steven Defossez, M.D. were invited by the Texas Hospital Association (THA) to attend a work session as THA began to draft its own hospital opioid guidelin
Caregivers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) have released a study outlining how the hospital’s Addiction Consult Service (ACS) may be making a significant dent in the problem of inpatients with substance use disorder (SUD) relapsing into addiction – an
Caregivers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) have released a study outlining how the hospital’s Addiction Consult Service (ACS) may be making a significant dent in the problem of inpatients with substance use disorder (SUD) relapsing into addiction – an
On Monday, the American Hospital Association released Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic, a toolkit that provides guidance, information and case examples to help hospitals and health systems tackle the problem ravaging the U.S.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump declared the national opioid crisis a public health emergency, which allows the federal government to relax some regulations and allows states to expand the use of telemedicine treatment. The declaration lasts 90 d
Quality improvement leaders from Massachusetts hospitals and patient safety organizations met at MHA headquarters in Burlington on Wednesday to have a focused conversation on whether to, and how to, align the numerous healthcare quality initiatives n
Governor Baker announced on Wednesday that he intends to file a new bill to address the opioid epidemic. The details of the bill have not been revealed yet, but the State House News Service quoted the governor as saying it would deal with “prevention
Saying that healthcare providers have “a moral obligation to help patients remain alive and healthy until they can choose recovery,” MHA on Wednesday testified in support of a Massachusetts senate bill that would allow DPH to implement safe injection
SB1081 Authorize Public Health Workers to Pursue New Measures to Reduce Harm and Stigma for People Affected by Substance Use Disorder
MHA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on the following bills regarding scope of practice changes and prescriptions.
The president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis last week issued its interim report, stating “our nation is in crisis” and calling on President Trump to declare the issue a national emergency.
At its Wednesday meeting, the Health Policy Commission (HPC) released data confirming what providers see each day from the opioid crisis in Massachusetts.