Population Health


As stewards of the public health and one of the state’s largest employer groups, hospitals are well positioned to address the various health needs of their patients, employees, communities and all residents of the commonwealth. Through the top notch care they provide, as well as their community benefit programs and worksite wellness initiatives, hospitals are tackling many important public health issues including the rising obesity epidemic, health disparities, and chronic disease management.

MHA members with appropriate log-in information can also access our Hospital Community Benefits Support page for the latest community benefits report and a special MHA tool to search recent community benefit programs statewide.
Hospitals are undertaking important initiatives to reach deeper into their communities to improve health.
How will new population-centered care models affect pediatric care?
The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure is holding a hearing today on SB.103 filed by Senator Joe Boncore (D-Winthrop) that would authorize Massachusetts to join 31 other states that have adopted the national Nurse Licen
Last week, CMS announced the Primary Cares Initiative, which consists of five new voluntary payment models under two paths.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives today begins debate on the proposed FY2020 state budget, and the nearly 1,400 amendments to it that have been filed.
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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting a nationwide outbreak of hepatitis A.
The state’s Center for Health Information & Analysis (CHIA) last Tuesday released hospital-specific readmission profiles for each acute care hospital in the state.
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.
New developments involving Baystate Health and South Shore Health.
Sugary drinks that have no nutritional value and are known to increase Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease are being targeted in proposed legislation that MHA strongly supports.
The state’s bold experiment with its dual eligible programs is getting some revisions, while raising some concerns among hospitals and physicians.
More than 300 people attended MHA’s 52nd Annual Mid-Winter Leadership Forum last Thursday in Framingham.
According to a new preliminary report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, hospital-acquired conditions are declining.
tMED joined with Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Tom Golden last Friday to file legislation that would adopt a comprehensive telemedicine framework for Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) has released the results of its annual survey of patient experiences in primary care practices across the states.
The American Hospital Association released a report last week showing that total drug spending per hospital admission increased 18.5% between FYs 2015 and 2017.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a fact sheet related to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC).