Compliance

Information on the many state and federal regulations Massachusetts hospitals and other care providers must meet. 
The star system to rate hospitals is essentially meaningless, gives an inaccurate view of quality, and should just be scrapped, according to a letter MHA sent to CMS last Friday.
The Health Policy Commission in coming months is scheduled to decide on whether the state’s healthcare cost growth benchmark – currently set at 3.1% – should remain at that level.
The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office last week put a hard stop to an electronic vaping company’s sales in Massachusetts.
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
The Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution following Medical Injury (MACRMI) – of which MHA is a member – is holding its seventh annual CARe forum on Tuesday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
Congratulations to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which this year celebrates its 150th year of existence.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) last week laid out its 2019 public policy agenda.
MHA is filing legislation to etch into law rules to help foster safer hospital workplaces.
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.
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.
As 2019 begins, here are a few key developments that should occur.
DPH has announced that the Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registration (MCSR) system is moving online.
Hospitals need to stay abreast of the evolving compliance issues and shifting priorities regarding Joint Commission accreditation.
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy’s much anticipated regulations on how a pharmacy can conduct sterile compounding will have unintended consequences that will increase costs and disrupt patient care.
Perhaps the largest and most complex healthcare merger in state history is all but final after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office ok'd the merger with conditions.
Numerous studies have identified electronic health records (EHRs) as being the cause of great physician dissatisfaction and burn out with their jobs. Doctors feel that the requirements to use EHRs cuts into their personal interaction with patients an
The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing has issued a notice on required training for healthcare providers on the issue of domestic and sexual violence as a condition of licensure.
DPH recently released a notice outlining new requirements for providers prescribing benzodiazepines.
The Massachusetts Public Health Council last week weighed in on the proposed Beth Israel Deaconess-Lahey merger.

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: