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Posted by Mr. Steve M. W. on Mar 15th, 2018 12:06pm
The following blog post is from Guest Commentator Steven Defossez, MD, Vice President for Clinical Integration at the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association: Finally, common sense has prevailed over a single nurses' union that sued a Massachusetts hospital to try and block...
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Posted by Mr. Steve M. W. on Dec 13th, 2017 5:00pm
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) , the Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL) , the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals (MCCH) and the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH) have come together to launch the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety....
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Posted by Mr. Steve M. W. on Nov 22nd, 2017 9:47am
Steve Walsh joined the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) as president and CEO in November 2017. A member of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), Walsh previously served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals (MCCH),...
Posted by . on Oct 20th, 2017 11:28am
“Fake news” has unfortunately become part of our culture. This time, however, we have an opportunity – and in fact an obligation – to correct it. If you needed additional proof that the Massachusetts Nurses Association union is focused less on patient care and more on...
Posted by . on Oct 13th, 2017 2:06am
President Trump's irresponsible decision to discontinue federal insurance cost-sharing reduction subsidies is a devastating one-two punch coming on the heels of yesterday’s Executive Order that could undermine current consumer insurance protections – Protections that are especially...
Posted by . on Jul 31st, 2017 10:16am
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association and our members are immensely relieved that  the latest GOP Senate healthcare proposal was defeated.  Now Congress can – and should – focus on our nation's most important short-term healthcare issue, which is ...
Posted by . on Jun 30th, 2017 2:34pm
As reported in the press , the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA)'s own documents reveal that it is planning to strike at Tufts Medical Center  at a time that is "most harmful to the hospital. " Such action is not only harmful to the hospital, it also is harmful to nurses and others on...
Posted by . on Jun 21st, 2017 11:56am
The recent  op-ed on the healthcare community's climate preparedness  from Boston Medical Center President & CEO, Kate Walsh, and Partners HealthCare President & CEO, David Torchiana, was a stark reminder of the grave and very real threat that climate change poses to the health...
Posted by . on May 4th, 2017 5:53pm
MHA and our member hospitals, health systems and other providers have made great strides in healthcare payment and delivery reform, thanks to Massachusetts' groundbreaking health reform law of 2006 and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We believe our state serves as an example of how the...
Posted by . on Apr 20th, 2017 12:12pm
This is national Healthcare Decisions Week, and throughout the month of April, MHA is re-doubling its effort to bring attention to the importance of advance healthcare planning – the process you want your loved ones and caregivers to help you carry out if you become seriously ill. If...
Posted by . on Jan 13th, 2017 10:14am
Hospitals and other healthcare providers are a foundation for good in the United States, but  our nation’s very solid progress toward accessible, high-quality care for all residents is now under siege  as a result of the misguided campaign led by President-elect Trump and...
Posted by . on Sep 29th, 2016 10:08am
Massachusetts voters will consider  an initiative to legalize the commercial sale of marijuana  in November of 2016. After studying this issue and consulting with a variety of experts and clinical leaders committed to improving public health, we recognize that there are compelling...
Posted by . on Sep 19th, 2016 10:10am
After 80 years representing hospitals throughout the commonwealth – the Massachusetts Hospital Association has changed its name to the  Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association . We arrived at the new name after discussion among our membership and board of trustees, who...
Posted by . on May 24th, 2016 10:13am
There's an amendment to the Senate Ways & Means Committee budget being debated this week that can improve patient care and simultaneously save nurses money by reducing the burden of holding and paying for multiple licenses in several states. It's  amendment #622 , filed by Sen. Don...
Posted by . on Apr 29th, 2016 10:13am
The Massachusetts Senate just moved us one step closer to improved efforts to reduce tobacco use and nicotine addiction in the commonwealth. I commend Senate President Stan Rosenberg and the members of the Senate for their approval this week of a strong and comprehensive bill that, among other...
Posted by . on Mar 7th, 2016 9:15am
Kudos to the state legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health (chaired by Sen. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) and Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow)), for its recent release of a comprehensive bill to reduce tobacco use and nicotine addiction among young people.  An Act to Protect Youth from the...
Posted by . on Jan 5th, 2016 9:16am
As 2016 kicks off in earnest with a traditional New England cold front, MHA's member hospitals, health systems, physician groups and caregivers can reflect on the many accomplishments and challenges we have faced in the past year, and anticipate our ongoing and future efforts to make healthcare...
Posted by . on Dec 29th, 2015 9:24am
The announcement this week by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that they will  provide some of the nation's most comprehensive benefits for end-of-life discussions and care  is an excellent move that appropriately focuses on both quality of care and quality of life across the...
Posted by . on Oct 23rd, 2015 10:43am
Earlier this week, the Massachusetts state legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health heard – yet again – testimony on a nursing union's misguided legislation to mandate one-size-fits-all nurse staffing ratios. And  as we've done for the past 15 years, MHA, our member...
Posted by . on Sep 14th, 2015 10:44am
I am quite heartened by a spate of recent progress made by Massachusetts state and federal lawmakers to address and ease our nation's opioid misuse and addiction crisis. On Sept.10 th , the  Massachusetts Senate's Special Committee on Addiction Prevention, Treatment & Recovery...
Posted by . on Jul 13th, 2015 10:46am
Efforts to oppose tobacco use and promotion both nationally and in Massachusetts have me feeling increasingly hopeful that we will indeed "make smoking history" sooner rather than later. Last week's  decision by CVS  to withdraw from the US Chamber of Commerce in the wake of...
Posted by . on Jul 3rd, 2015 10:46am
Attorney General Maura Healey's  new report on the intersection of behavioral health services and healthcare reform  makes important observations regarding Massachusetts' ongoing efforts to improve both our healthcare delivery and payment systems. It is also noteworthy that the...
Posted by . on May 5th, 2015 10:47am
MHA is a longtime champion of behavioral health parity – treating mental health and substance abuse conditions on par with physical injuries and illnesses. This is not a new effort, but it sometimes struggles for broader visibility, both in Massachusetts and across the country. I'd like to...
Posted by . on Mar 20th, 2015 10:47am
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey  proposed a statewide ban of the sale of e-cigarettes to individuals under the age of 18. AG Healey proposes to standardize e-cigarette sale practices across Massachusetts – where, incidentally, more than 43 percent of the cities and towns...
Posted by . on Mar 6th, 2015 9:48am
Patient safety is always paramount at Massachusetts hospitals, but as we mark National Patient Safety Week March 8 -15th, it's an opportunity to reflect on the many ways our hospitals are constantly working to provide even better care. Sometimes, the best patient care can be a procedure or...
Posted by . on Dec 9th, 2014 9:52am
The holiday season is officially underway, and we have a lot to be grateful for in Massachusetts, particularly when it comes to healthcare. More residents have health insurance here than in any other state, with 97% of the population covered. In addition,  healthcare cost increases are...
Posted by . on Nov 4th, 2014 9:53am
It's time for everyone to get a flu vaccination, especially those involved in healthcare. Unions including 1199SEIU, the local chapter of the United Healthcare Workers union, are  strongly urging their members to get vaccinated  against the flu. And the  Boston Globe's smart and...
Posted by . on Sep 5th, 2014 10:54am
This week's release of reports on both national and statewide healthcare expenditures paints a very clear picture of  the success Massachusetts has had in reining in healthcare cost increases. Just-released National Health Expenditure Data by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...
Posted by . on Aug 11th, 2014 10:54am
I was thrilled to read in  the current issue of CommonWealth Magazine  that the city of Salem has joined a growing number of Massachusetts cities and towns to advance public health efforts in their communities by raising the legal age for cigarette purchases to 21*.  The...
Posted by . on Jul 9th, 2014 10:55am
There's some encouraging news as well as a call to action for insurers and providers from  the recent public opinion poll  conducted by  Mass Insight . The poll was the subject of  a story in The Boston Globe  last weekend. First, the good news. I was heartened to...
Posted by . on Apr 8th, 2014 10:55am
An impressive collection of healthcare stakeholders have joined with MHA in calling for the state to support two extremely important reform efforts in the upcoming FY 2015 budget. First,  policymakers should address desperately needed behavioral health reform measures. Five of...
Posted by . on Mar 6th, 2014 9:57am
The latest event in the nurse staffing ratios and hospital margins/executive compensation ballot issue occurred Monday, when testimony on both proposed legislation and the union's ballot initiatives was heard by the Joint Committee on Healthcare Financing at the State House. I'm proud to have...
Posted by . on Feb 7th, 2014 9:59am
CVS Caremark's ground breaking decision to  stop selling tobacco products at its stores nationwide  is a major public service and health advance. The pharmacy chain is to be applauded and supported for its smart and right decision. By "calling it quits" on tobacco sales, which netted...
Posted by . on Jan 24th, 2014 10:40am
As the country recently marked the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking US Surgeon General's Report warning the public of the dangers of tobacco use – including this week's release of  a follow-up report from the current Surgeon General that updates smoking's devastating health...
Posted by . on Jan 9th, 2014 3:32pm
The state's Health Policy Commission (HPC) just released its  latest Cost Trends Report , in which it claims Massachusetts healthcare providers – primarily hospitals – waste somewhere on the order of $14.7 billion to $26.9 billion by providing "unnecessary" medical care. While...