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 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
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.
On Tuesday, August 8, the Health Policy Commission (HPC) is holding a peer-to-peer session on strategies for implementing pharmacologic treatment of substance use disorder in primary care settings.
MHA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on the following bills regarding mental health and substance use disorder treatment.
Following legislative review by the recently created Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, the House and Senate last week approved differing bills that amend the state’s new law legalizing the commercial sale of marijuana.
MHA hosted an educational webinar Wednesday for the new Pain Stewardship Program (PSP) it announced with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.
MHA, DPH and the Massachusetts Medical Society last week issued a letter to the heads of all residency programs – or Designated Institutional Officials – asking them to ensure that core competencies related to the use and prescribing of opioids.
In an era of increasing pressure on costs and quality improvement, Harrington Hospital announced recently that it resolved two pressing issues with a “best-of-both-worlds” solution.
MHA helped develop, and will issue, provider guidance for implementing a comprehensive pain stewardship program (PSP) within healthcare facilities.