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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. Last Wednesday, the HPC held a hearing to begin the process of reviewi
MHA submitted its budget priorities to the legislature this week and testified in favor of a bill to ban conversion therapy.
This week the state's healthcare system focused on drug prices, SIFs, vaping, and more.
Massachusetts birth hospitals have the opportunity to take advantage of an innovative clinical and public health program; plus new policies regarding substance use disorder.
This week MHA supported a sugary drink tax and weighed in on the potential for a payment cap on dual eligibles. Meanwhile the legislature named their leaders for the current session.
As telehealth adoption increases, the number of nurses who will be required to hold multiple licenses will also increase.
The state’s healthcare system faces a persistent shortage of behavioral healthcare workers. Now, MHA-endorsed priority legislation is proposing a step to help resolve the issue.
Governor Charlie Baker last Wednesday released a $42.7 billion FY2020 state budget proposal that among other things, maintains level MassHealth provider reimbursement rates and taxes opioid manufacturers.
The caregiving professions are extraordinarily rewarding – but also extraordinarily difficult. And at times hospital employment can be dangerous as caregivers can face environmental risk and violence from the public.
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.
MHA has released guidelines to assist hospitals develop appropriate programs to administer and/or prescribe MAT in their EDs. Plus a new Congress has been sworn in.
State Attorney Generals across the U.S. will be working through the Christmas holiday preparing expedited briefs supporting the Affordable Care Act, plus a look ahead to 2019.
Each year the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) sets a target for per-capita healthcare spending throughout Massachusetts and then tracks the components of the healthcare system to see if the state can meet the goal.
An important Healthcare Safety Summit MHA held last week featured experts from throughout the state discussing not only strategies to prevent healthcare violence and conflict, but initiatives to promote wellness and resilience.
The MHA Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Workgroup has developed a guidance document to assist hospitals with implementing care and management practices for patients with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Recently the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA) announced the winners of its annual WorkWell Massachusetts Awards program that recognizes Massachusetts employers who put in the extra effort to promote a healthy workforce.
By a 70-30 vote, Massachusetts communities in last week’s election rejected ballot Question 1’s rigid, unit-by-unit, patient-to-nurse ratios that would have been imposed on all hospitals at all times.
Hospital staffing should be decided at the bedside by nurses based on a patient’s condition, the experience and education of the nurses in the unit, the technology available at the hospital, and the availability of other care team members.
Anyone that has been on the sidelines to date has solidified their position on the candidates and issues – including on Question 1.
The state’s Health Policy Commission addressed Question 1's costs, workforce requirements, effect on behavioral health, and more.

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