Other Key Agencies

Numerous additional state agencies support, regulate, review or otherwise administer healthcare in Massachusetts. Click on the name of one of the individual agencies listed below for more information on their work, and MHA’s related advocacy and outreach efforts.
The Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium, led by the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety, has released a report containing 17 recommendations that hospitals and emergency departments can undertake to reduce incidences of sepsis.
Last week, The Berkshire Eagle editorial board weighed in on the proposal to tax sugary drinks.
The health insurer United Healthcare has been planning a benefit change whereby patients would be required to receive outpatient elective advanced radiologic imaging in non-hospital settings.
Last year, an insurance company denied life insurance coverage to a Boston Medical Center (BMC) nurse because she included Narcan on her application’s medication list.
MHA, ONL and others are strongly supporting a bill that would authorize Massachusetts to join 31 other states that have adopted the national Nurse Licensure Compact.
MHA has released guidelines to assist hospitals develop appropriate programs to administer and/or prescribe Medication for Addiction Treatment in their EDs or satellite emergency facilities.
The Betsy Lehman Center is seeking five pilot hospitals to participate in creating a peer support program to help clinicians and other staff deal with medical errors and other unexpected patient outcomes.
Behavioral beds will close if Question 1 passes and there are not enough RNs available to fulfill the staffing mandates.
Congratulations to Lawrence General Hospital which treated a large influx of patients from the gas explosions that rocked the towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover.
Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker signed two pieces of legislation of interest to the hospital community.
A conference committee will now attempt to resolve differences between the House bill and legislation from the Senate passed last year.
The SJC ruled last Monday that an initiative petition imposing inflexible nurse staffing ratios on all hospitals would proceed to the ballot.
The State House News last week quoted House Speaker Bob DeLeo as saying he expects a House healthcare cost-control bill on the floor by the end of June.
The Massachusetts Public Health Council last week approved the proposed merger of he Beth Israel Deaconess system, Lahey Health, and other entities.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) released its annual cost trends report last week.
EOHHS announced last week that 52 acute care hospitals are eligible for $10.385 million through the Community Hospital Reinvestment Trust Fund.
Statement from Steve Walsh, President & CEO, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA), regarding MassHealth ACOs.
A statewide initiative to address ED boarding of patients needing inpatient psychiatric care has gone into effect.
The fundamental purpose of project management is to be one step ahead of potential risk.
HB1186 An Act to Promote Patient Care Transparency and Nurse Advancement

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