CHIA

The Center for Healthcare Information Analysis (CHIA) is an independent agency that serves as the commonwealth’s primary hub for healthcare data and a key source of healthcare analytics that support state healthcare policy development. MHA works collaboratively with CHIA and other agencies to improve efficiency in the collection, dissemination and use of healthcare data and to promote administrative simplification.
MHA has produced a publication – A Commitment to Community: Massachusetts Hospitals’ Community Benefit Initiatives – that details stories showing how hospitals are improving the health of individuals and communities.
Governor Charlie Baker released his proposed FY 2021 state budget last week, and it contains, for the second year in a row, an update to MassHealth spending of less than 1%.
MHA is encouraging its membership to weigh in on recommendations for possible changes to the 2021 state Aligned Measure Set.
The unplanned readmission rate for Massachusetts acute care hospitals in 2018 was 15.4% – unchanged from the previous year.
This week the state senate is expected to begin deliberations on pharmaceutical cost control legislation.
CHIA released its second report on behavioral health and readmissions in Massachusetts acute care hospitals.
The state’s Center for Health Information & Analysis (CHIA) last Tuesday released its annual report on the performance of the Massachusetts healthcare system.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan, the second- and third-largest health insurers in Massachusetts, respectively, on Wednesday announced plans to merge.
The Department of Mental Health has amended the regulations relating to its oversight of the licensing and operation of mental health facilities.
Efforts are underway both in Washington and on Beacon Hill to help resolve the problem of “surprise billing.”
The Betsy Lehman Center announced that it is creating a Patient and Family Peer Support Network to provide help for patients and families to receive support after a medical error or an adverse event.
About 43% of insured Massachusetts residents in 2017 reported having a healthcare “affordability issue” during the past 12 months.
State and federal governments are looking into rising prescription drug prices.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) last week voted to set the statewide healthcare cost growth benchmark for calendar year 2020 at 3.1%.
The state’s Center for Health Information & Analysis (CHIA) last Tuesday released hospital-specific readmission profiles for each acute care hospital in the state.
The Health Policy Commission’s (HPC’s) annual Cost Trend Report is an interesting, dense collection of facts and figures about the Massachusetts healthcare system. Within the 70-plus page 2018 report is a six-page section outlining 11 policy recommen
Each year the leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate Ways and Means Committees meet with the Administration and Finance Secretary to come up with their assumption of how much state revenues will increase in the coming year.
CHIA’s latest report, released last week, provides information on acute and non-acute hospitals based on hospital characteristics, services, payer mix, utilization trends, cost trends, and financial performance over a five-year period.
The 1.6% total healthcare spending growth rate in Massachusetts was well below the national rate.
The state has released Massachusetts hospital financial performance data for all of 2017 and the picture is not at all rosy.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit:
  • Directory of Government Officials
  • 2016-2017/2017-2018 State Legislative Package