Serious Illness Care

MHA works closely with the Department of Public Health and the Board of Registration in Medicine to implement criteria-based standardized policies and monitor SRE practices. The over-arching intent of this effort is to provide for fairness in billing, and to build on our increased transparency and openness with patients and the public. Our fundamental goal is to assure that systems are in place to reduce and ultimately prevent the occurrence of preventable SREs.
As the nation honors the men and women who have served in the armed forces, it’s appropriate to recognize the special health challenges many veterans face.
The Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium, of which MHA is a member, last Thursday launched its statewide public awareness campaign called Sepsis Smart.
Hebrew SeniorLife and Brown University have received a five-year $53.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to lead a nationwide effort to address Alzheimer’s disease.
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.
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day.
The Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, of which MHA is a member, holds its fourth annual summit on Thursday, May 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission submitted its mandated annual report to Congress last week, and once again called for a total revamping of Medicare’s hospital quality programs.
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, on which the healthcare community stresses the importance of advance care planning.
One item that stood out in the HPC’s meeting last week was the ever-increasing price of insulin.
National healthcare organizations have announced expansion of a program to assist hospitals in caring for an aging population.
President Donald Trump focused part of his State of the Union speech last week on HIV and AIDs, urging a bipartisan approach to “eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years.”
Honoring Choices Massachusetts is offering three webinars on palliative care.
Cancer Research UK has awarded researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital a total of $50 million to continue their cancer research.
An MHA Workgroup has developed a guidance document to assist hospitals with implementing care and management practices for patients with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker signed two pieces of legislation of interest to the hospital community.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has received important grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Attend A Map Through the Maze on Wednesday, May 23 at the DCU Center in Worcester.
April is national healthcare decisions month.
April is national healthcare decisions month.
The Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution following Medical Injury's annual forum is May 15.

Resources

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).