Quality & Safety

A key tenet of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association is to ensure that quality and safety topics are high-priority, visible efforts of healthcare leadership. Ways to do this include the integration of proven patient safety strategies into healthcare processes of care; the monitoring and reporting progress on efforts to improve quality of care and patient safety; and measuring improvement over time on specific endeavors.
A study released last week in JAMA Cardiology confirmed what many previous studies have proposed: for certain conditions there may be unintended consequences associated with the effort to reduce readmissions – namely, increased mortality.
Congratulations to Rana Awdish, M.D., the recipient of the 2017 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year presented by the Schwartz Center at its annual dinner November 16.
The healthcare “cost-containment and reform” bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed at midnight last Thursday offer some positive steps forward, but also areas of concern.
Senate leaders unveiled a 159-section, 101-page healthcare reform bill on Tuesday that addresses behavioral health, provider price variation, readmissions, the scope of practice for various health professions, and telemedicine – among a host of other
HB1974/HB1981 would create a significant burden and increased costs on both phlebotomists and hospitals that rely upon phlebotomist services.
This week, both branches of the legislature adopted provisions in separate supplemental budgets that would ban devices attached to a firearm that are designed to increase the weapon’s rate of discharge.
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
MHA, the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI, NH, CT & VT, and the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts have posted the latest available national quality performance measures for both hospitals and home healthcare agencies in Massachusetts.
HB1304 An Act Establishing a Primary Seat Belt Law
Last week, MHA sent a notice to its membership informing them of a new antibiotic stewardship project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safe
The Health Policy Commission’s cost trends hearing held on Monday and Tuesday delivered, as usual, lots of data and testimony on the state of the state’s healthcare system. As part of the HPC’s conversation, the commonwealth’s two leading legislator
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is sponsoring a free conference based on the healthcare delivery transformations achieved through the CHART program.
SB995 would bring important equity to the application of penalties related to violations of the state’s wage and hour laws.
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is sponsoring a free conference based on the healthcare delivery transformations achieved through the CHART program.
The much maligned “star” rating system, whereby CMS reduces the complex healthcare quality and patient satisfaction data on the Hospital Compare website to a rating of one-to-five stars, will continue.
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).
MHA appreciates this opportunity to offer comments in strong support of HB2322 “An Act Relative to Emergency and Disaster Planning for Healthcare Providers.”
MHA statement regarding legislation to authorize Advance Dental Hygiene Practitioners
AHRQ has funding available for large research projects in two areas: preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and efforts for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB).
SB1081 Authorize Public Health Workers to Pursue New Measures to Reduce Harm and Stigma for People Affected by Substance Use Disorder

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