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.
Does an insurance company bear any responsibility for the expensive, impractical policies they are selling?
Governor Charlie Baker last Friday introduced the latest legislative proposal to reform the state’s healthcare system.
09.02.2019  | Are You Prepared?
DPH’s Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management has announced details of its “Know, Plan, Prepare” campaign to alert individuals and organizations about disaster preparedness materials.
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Nurses Association, is pleased to host an all-day, hospital-based safe patient handling program on Friday, Sept
08.19.2019  | DOI Specialing Update
DOI issued a communication on August 2nd to fully insured health plans providing guidance on coding and billing for additional services (“specialing”) that may be necessary for admissions to inpatient psychiatric units as part of the commonwealth’s E
MHA will host a webinar, “Telemedicine in Massachusetts: Opportunities and the Current Regulatory Landscape,” on Friday, September 27th from 10-11:30 a.m.
Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction, through funding from the state Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, is holding a series of trainings across the state for emergency department (ED) nurses on treating opioid use disorder in ED
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 Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety released a new report Thursday offering recommendations to aid and bolster safety improvement efforts in Massachusetts emergency departments (EDs).
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.
The SJC ruled last Monday that an initiative petition imposing inflexible nurse staffing ratios on all hospitals would proceed to the ballot.

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