Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH)

Information for and about hospitals serving large numbers of patients on public insurance programs such as MassHealth and Medicare. 
The House Ways & Means Committee last Wednesday released its FY2020 $42.7 billion proposed state budget.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a report that identifies primary care-based strategies for reducing hospital readmissions.
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is using a federal grant to allow its health personnel to go into communities and train individuals on how to assist someone facing a mental health crisis.
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.
As the Massachusetts House and Senate begin to construct their FY2020 budget proposals, MHA, in consultation with its members, is calling attention to a series of priorities.
Massachusetts birth hospitals have the opportunity to take advantage of an innovative clinical and public health program designed to promote contraceptive choice and effective contraceptive counseling.
In a letter to Congressional leadership last week, a group of hospital associations, including the American Hospital Association, noted that the ACA coverage goals have not been fully achieved – but that DSH cuts remain.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) last week laid out its 2019 public policy agenda.
Governor Charlie Baker last Wednesday released a $42.7 billion FY2020 state budget proposal that among other things maintains level MassHealth provider reimbursement rates,
In a letter to CMS last week, MHA urged the federal agency to reconsider rules regarding how Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) direct payments to providers.
Using funding from recent settlements through its healthcare division, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office last week distributed $3 million in grants to organizations addressing social determinants of health.
As 2019 begins, here are a few key developments that should occur.
MHA is opposed to a proposed federal rule that will make harder for immigrants to access medical 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.
Lawrence General Hospital is operating a program to help its communities fight obesity and resultant health problems.
Care is fluid and ever-changing and should not be determined by a rigid number arrived at through popular vote. Vote NO on 1.
The Pioneer Institute’s senior fellow on health care policy says Question 1 will adversely affect community hospitals outside of the Boston area.
Health Care For All and Health Law Advocates on October 24 released a statement regarding Question 1.
The state’s HPC devoted part of its two-day cost trend hearing last week to the Question 1 ballot issue, adding new insight into the staffing mandate’s costs, and more.
A majority of stakeholders identified to the HPC that proposed mandatory nurse staffing ratios are a top area of concern.

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: