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.
The Department of Mental Health has amended the regulations relating to its oversight of the licensing and operation of mental health facilities.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would convene a summit to streamline HHS’ quality programs.
The Schwartz Center’s Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference takes place Sunday through Tuesday, September 8-10 at the Westin Boston Waterfront.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is offering grants of $250,000 to $500,000 for the development and validation of new clinical measures to improve diagnoses in three areas: acute vascular events, infections, and cancer.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced late last year that the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network and United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) had approved a new liver distribution policy.
The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety has convened a group of 20 entities to work on a sustained effort to improve patient safety and healthcare quality throughout the health care continuum.
The Betsy Lehman Center, a state agency that supports providers, patients and policymakers on patient safety issues, today published its latest report on opportunities for quality improvement in healthcare settings.
Healthcentric Advisors in partnership with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors on Thursday, June 20, is holding a program entitled “A Collaborative Approach to Reducing Readmissions: Harnessing the Patient Voice to Improv
Massachusetts Health & Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders has announced an initiative to improve access to ambulatory behavioral healthcare.
A new opportunity is available through the state for organizations wishing to train staff members on how to best coordinate care for individuals who have co-occurring brain injury and substance use disorder.
The Leapfrog group that attempts to rate hospitals’ quality of care released its latest rankings last week.
The Betsy Lehman Center announced that it is creating a Patient and Family Peer Support Network to provide help for patients and families to receive support after a medical error or an adverse event.
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
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is updating its requirements for hospitals reporting healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data.
MHA is encouraging its member hospitals to show their exemplary work to a national audience by applying for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA’s) Quest for Quality prize.
Fifteen Massachusetts hospitals and outpatient practices have joined a pilot program aimed at helping clinicians and staff members who have been involved in an event that harmed a patient.
The Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium, led by the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety, has released a report containing 17 recommendations that hospitals and emergency departments can undertake to reduce incidences of sepsis.
The Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution following Medical Injury (MACRMI) is holding its seventh annual CARe forum on Tuesday, May 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Joint Commission recently issued two notices.
To prevent unused prescription drugs from finding their way into the wrong hands, each year the federal Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the national Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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).