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.
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.
By a vote of 98 to 1, the U.S. Senate passed a large bill to fight the nation’s opioid crisis.
In Mass., optimism over a federal opioid bill is mixed with concern over an impending threat to the state's behavioral health system
Federal legislation to combat opioid use disorder is moving along fairly quickly and may be ready by the end of September.
As the battle against opioid use disorder continues, the behavioral healthcare system and other medical professionals are mobilizing to provide the most effective care for patients.
In the battle against the opioid epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking data from hospitals across the U.S.
Massachusetts DPH last week issued advisories about Hepatitis A and West Nile virus.
The FDA has awarded a contract to develop evidence-based guidelines for appropriate opioid analgesic prescribing.
Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker signed two pieces of legislation of interest to the hospital community.
08.06.2018  | Opioid Bill Passes
Close to midnight on July 31, the Massachusetts Senate sent Governor Baker the final text of legislation to address the opioid epidemic.
The Boston Globe had a strong article last week by reporter Liz Kowalczyk highlighting the ongoing problem of ED “boarding.”
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) last Wednesday announced its SHIFT-Care grant awardees.
In a 37-0 vote last Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate passed “An Act for Prevention and Access to Appropriate Care and Treatment of Addiction.”
SAMHSA is hosting a freecourse designed to help physicians and healthcare professionals who care for pregnant women with opioid use disorder.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted unanimously last Wednesday to pass a sweeping, multi-part bill to fight the opioid crisis.
Last week, MHA, working with member facilities, released two documents to assist hospitals in addressing a trend of patients misusing opioids within facilities.
DPH’s quarterly opioid report was released last Friday showing that for the first three months of 2018 there were approximately 474 confirmed or estimated deaths from opioids in Massachusetts.
more evidence in support of treatment involving methadone or buprenorphine.
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) and Tufts Medical Center, working with hospital clinicians and operational staff in Massachusetts and other states, have developed two documents to help hospitals develop internal policies to prev