Governance

Information to assist hospital and healthcare organization directors, trustees and other governing boards.
The House Ways & Means Committee last Wednesday released its FY2020 $42.7 billion proposed state budget.
MHA will be working with legislative champions in the House to strengthen the FY2020 budget directive in a manner that will ensure the administration fulfills the $15 million transfer to the Health Safety Net.
04.15.2019  | AONE is Now AONL
The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) has changed its name to the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL).
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a report that identifies primary care-based strategies for reducing hospital readmissions.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) last week voted to set the statewide healthcare cost growth benchmark for calendar year 2020 at 3.1%.
Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association encouraged legislation to reduce children’s consumption of sugary drinks.
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.
Congratulations to Jeanette Clough, the president & CEO of Mount Auburn Hospital and a former MHA Board Chair, who will receive the AHA 2019 Board of Trustees Award.
UMass Memorial Health Care was recognized by the AHA's American Society for Health Care Engineering for the system’s renovation of its Memorial and University Hospital campuses.
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 Medicare Payment Advisory Commission submitted its mandated annual report to Congress last week, and once again called for a total revamping of Medicare’s hospital quality programs.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that relatives of those killed in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School can proceed with their suit against gun manufacturers.
One item that stood out in the HPC’s meeting last week was the ever-increasing price of insulin.
ACHE of Massachusetts will present its First Annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award at its spring conference on Friday, May 17, 2019.
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.
The healthcare-influencing entity created by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase has named itself Haven.
Last week, MHA submitted testimony strongly supporting a bill that would prohibit any licensed medical professional engaging with a minor in so-called conversion therapy.
This week, March 10 through 16 is Patient Safety Awareness Week.

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: