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.
DPH has released the latest figures on opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts throughout all of 2017.
A statewide initiative to address ED boarding of patients needing inpatient psychiatric care has gone into effect.
Robert DeLeo laid out priorities for the new legislative year, including a vow to take up healthcare reform “in the coming months.”
MHA Board Chair Kate Walsh and Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins co-authored an op-ed about the need to address addiction.
Last Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion FY19 state budget proposal.
Governor Charlie Baker and EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders on the governor’s major bill to stem the opioid epidemic.
Sen. Markey is working to expand access to medication-assisted therapies for opioid addiction.
Governor Charlie Baker was at Beverly Hospital last Thursday as part of his tour to drum up support for his second major opioid bill.
President Trump has signed into law the “International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act”.
There may be a big roadblock to creating supervised injection facilities (SIFs) in Massachusetts – the federal government.
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.
HB1162, HB1219, SB1265 Emergency Medical Services; Vital Records; Disposition of Remains
HB488 / SB547, HB527 / SB524, SB543 Health Insurance Mandates / Life Insurance
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
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
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.