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.
CHIA released its second report on behavioral health and readmissions in Massachusetts acute care hospitals.
At least 10% of the households in Berkshire County, or about some 14,300 people, suffer from hunger.
AG Healey will present a report at this week’s HPC trends hearing showing that policymakers should curb their expectations about online price transparency tools .
A new study from the Urban Institute and Commonwealth Fund outlines other ways to boost coverage and potentially lower costs.
Massachusetts is seeking input on the design of a new initiative called “Moving Massachusetts Upstream” (MassUP).
Caregivers and patients spoke at a hearing before the Joint Committee on Financial Services last Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Joint Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing regarding telemedicine.
Where you live affects your health.
The Coalition for Action on Obesity – of which MHA is a member – recognized National Obesity Care Week last Wednesday with a presentation at the State House and release of a white paper .
A Massachusetts patient, caregiver, and advocate were among those testifying last Wednesday before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform about the Trump Administration’s termination of the deferred action program.
MHA’s VP of Clinical Affairs Patricia Noga, R.N., PhD, has been selected to serve on the Executive Office of Health & Human Services Quality Measure Alignment Taskforce.
Last Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held a well-attended hearing on 68 gun-related bills.
MHA will host a webinar, “Telemedicine in Massachusetts: Opportunities and the Current Regulatory Landscape,” on Friday, September 27th from 10-11:30 a.m.
MHA recently spotlighted Heywood Healthcare’s Tele Behavioral School Based Counseling Program, which highlights the tremendous potential of telemedicine to reach patients who often lack access to care – in ways that fit their lifestyles.
Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) have performed the tough task of identifying the hows and whos of the statewide opioid epidemic that is killing nearly 2,000 people a year in Massachusetts.
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.