Quality & Safety

A key tenet of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association is to ensure that quality and safety topics are high-priority, visible efforts of healthcare leadership. Ways to do this include the integration of proven patient safety strategies into healthcare processes of care; the monitoring and reporting progress on efforts to improve quality of care and patient safety; and measuring improvement over time on specific endeavors.
MHA created a newsletter and webpage on the virus and the state swung into action.
Cooley Dickinson Health Care supports several food systems projects through its community benefit program.
The Franklin County Perinatal Support Coalition is a multi-sector and provider initiative that convenes monthly more than 30 community agencies.
DPH reports that the risk of the novel coronavirus – newly named Covid-19 last week by the World Health Organization – is still low in Massachusetts.
Attorney General Maura Healy last week filed suit against JUUL Labs, the e-cigarette manufacturer.
The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a sweeping mental health reform bill last Thursday that takes a large step towards "parity."
MHA has produced a publication – A Commitment to Community: Massachusetts Hospitals’ Community Benefit Initiatives – that details stories showing how hospitals are improving the health of individuals and communities.
02.10.2020  | JAMA Study: MOUD Works
Medication for opioid use disorder that employs buprenorphine or methadone has the best chance of preventing individuals from overdosing again, according to a February 5 JAMA Network Open study
Through SOAR Training – Stop, Observe, Ask, Respond – healthcare and social service professionals are better able to recognize those who are at risk or who have experienced human trafficking.
Interested hospital-affiliated clinicians are invited to participate in one or more free, CME-credit-bearing webinars sponsored by Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge.
As of late last week, the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had spread to more than 8,000 people around the world (but mostly in China) and has caused more than 210 deaths in China.
DPH last week informed hospitals and other providers to be on the lookout for potential coronavirus patients.
Seventy-four percent of primary care providers in the commonwealth ask their patients about behavioral health concerns.
There is a “voluntary product hold” and pending nationwide recall of surgical gowns distributed by Cardinal Health of Dublin, Ohio.
Collective Medical has announced that it is expanding its capabilities to help in the fight against sepsis in hospitals.
Massachusetts Association of Healthcare Quality (MAHQ) has expanded out of state and is now the New England Association of Healthcare Quality (NEAHQ).
The unplanned readmission rate for Massachusetts acute care hospitals in 2018 was 15.4% – unchanged from the previous year.
The Joint Committee on Public Health heard testimony on a bill that would mandate that DPH create a program to screen patients for the presence of firearms in the home.
MHA last week testified in favor of proposed legislation that would eliminate the religious exemption as a reason to refuse vaccinations for school admittance.
Three bills that MHA and its membership have endorsed throughout their journey in the State House were passed by the legislature last week.

Click on the link below for the MMS-MHA Joint Task Force on Physician Burnout and Reliant Medical Group white paper on EHR best practices to reduce clinician burnout (April 2019).

Click on the link below for the MMS/HSPH/MHA report on physician burnout (January 2019).


Click on the link below to see The Massachusetts Behavioral Health System Report: Implications of Mandated Nurse Staffing Ratios (August 2018).