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Mass Budget’s Children’s Budget

This Children's Budget shows how our state budget affects the lives of children. It describes every major program that serves children, including how the programs work, their goals, and their funding history. Link: Mass Budget’s Children’s Budget

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP)

MHQP provides reliable information to help physicians improve the quality of care they provide their patients and help people take an active role in making informed decisions about their health care. Massachusetts Health Quality Partners is a broad-based coalition of physicians, hospitals, health plans, purchasers, patient and public representatives, academics, and government agencies working together to promote improvement in the quality of health care services in Massachusetts. MHQP was first established in 1995 by a group of Massachusetts health care leaders who identified the importance of valid, comparable measures to drive improvement. Link: Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP)

MassHealth

MassHealth is the Massachusetts Medicaid program. Link: MassHealth

Media Packet from Dental Therapist Rally

Link: Dental Therapist Rally Media Packet

Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS)

Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS), Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in June of 2002 whose mission is “To Support Healing and Restore Hope” to patients, families, and clinicians who have been affected by an adverse medical event. Medically induced trauma is an unexpected outcome that occurs during medical and/or surgical care that affects the emotional well being of the patient, family member, or clinician. Link: Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS)

National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)

The National Patient Safety Foundation has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997—to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, inclusive, multistakeholder approach in all that it does. From transformative strategic initiatives to tactics, tools, and vital information resources, from the front lines of care to the leadership level, NPSF defines and develops groundbreaking programs designed to accelerate positive change and drive forward the patient safety mission. The National Patient Safety Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Link: National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)

New England Alliance for Children’s Health

New England Alliance for Children's Health (NEACH), an initiative of Community Catalyst, is a broad coalition of over 500 New England-based health care and child advocates, hospitals and health care providers, legal experts, interfaith organizations, business leaders, and consumers dedicated to promoting access to high-quality, affordable health care for all children. Link: New England Alliance for Children’s Health

Newborn Abstinence Syndrome - Budget Amendment Fact Sheet

While the rise in opioid use and addiction has received significant attention, the majority of the attention has gone to adults with some attention paid adolescents. However, this issue also affects another segment of the population that has received less attention: infants exposed to substances during pregnancy.  This amendment addresses the need for the Commonwealth to establish a coordinated statewide plan and system of care to support coordination and communication across agencies and providers, which will reduce and avoid   duplication and ensure that substance exposed infants and their families receive the critical services they need. PDF icon Newborn Abstinence Syndrome - Budget Amendment Fact Sheet

OHAT Oral Health Budget Amendments in the FY 2017 State Senate Budget

OHAT Senate Budget Amendment Priorities Maintain important oral health programs and surveillance Please support Senator Michael Brady’s amendment to maintain funding equal to FY16 levels for the Office of Oral Health (OOH) within Massachusetts’ DPH. OOH provides critically important school-based prevention services, workforce development programs, and surveillance and reporting on the state of oral health in Massachusetts. For an office already suffering from limited capacity and tight budgets, the cuts proposed to the Office of Oral Health would be devastating. After accounting for inside language and earmarks, the Senate budget represents a $110,000 cut to regular operating funds for OOH. PDF icon OHAT - Senate Oral Health Budget Amendments

OHAT Senate Budget Amendment Oral Health Priorities

OHAT Senate Budget Amendment Priorities   Maintain important oral health programs and surveillance Please support Senator Michael Brady’s amendment number 613 to maintain funding equal to FY16 levels for the Office of Oral Health (OOH) within Massachusetts’ DPH. OOH provides critically important school-based prevention services, workforce development programs, and surveillance and reporting on the state of oral health in Massachusetts. For an office already suffering from limited capacity and tight budgets, the cuts proposed to the Office of Oral Health would be devastating. After accounting for inside language and earmarks, the Senate budget represents a $110,000 cut to regular operating funds for OOH.   Fund oral health services for adults with disabilities PDF icon OHAT Senate Budget Amendment Oral Health Priorities

Oral Health Integration Project Comments to CMS on MassHealth Waiver 8-31-16

The Oral Health Integration Project (OHIP) submitted comments to federal CMS officials on the MassHealth 1115 Waiver proposal, on August 31, 2016. PDF icon ohip_cms_aco_comments_aug31.pdf Link: Oral Health Integration Project Comments to CMS on MassHealth Waiver 8-31-16

Organizations Unite to Support "No Co-Pay" Bill

Organizations committed to access to affordable, quality health care, joined together to strongly support H. 984, S. 606, An Act to Keep People Healthy by Removing Barriers to Cost-Effective Care. Signers included: AIDS Action Committee  American Heart Association/American Stroke Association  Atrius Health Boston Children’s Hospital Crittenton Women’s Union Health Care For All Health Law Advocates Joslin Diabetes Center National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) 1199SEIU - United Healthcare Workers East Read the letter linked below: PDF icon no_co-pay_bill_sign-on_letter_10-13-15.pdf

Policy Brief in Support of No-Copay Bill 10-13-15

Increasing co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles have become an obstacle to good health care. As these costs continue to rise, patients are less likely to seek care or use prescribed treatments and medications. The result is that patients delay or forgo obtaining necessary health care, which in turn leads to more intensive and expensive care. By removing the cost barrier to high-value and cost-effective services, this bill will help consumers get the care they need, leading to better health outcomes for residents of the Commonwealth.  PDF icon hcfa_barrier_no_copay_bill_policy_research_brief.pdf

Report on healthcare-associated infections in Massachusetts hospitals

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health latest reports on health care associated infections in Massachusetts hospitals Link: Healthcare-associated Infections in Massachusetts hospitals

Serious Reportable Event Reports

Through Massachusetts law (chapter 305 of the Acts of 2008) hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are required to report Serious Reportable Events (SREs) to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). NQF serious reportable events are adverse events that are of concern to both the public and healthcare professionals and providers; clearly identifiable and measurable, and thus feasible to include in a reporting system; and of a nature such that the risk of occurrence is significantly influenced by the policies and procedures of the healthcare facility. The law also prohibits hospitals from charging for these events or seeking reimbursement for SRE-related services. Through regulation, the Department has defined SREs to meet the National Quality Forum's definitions of twenty-eight such events. Link: Serious Reportable Event (SREs)

Testimony 2017 Cost Trends Hearing

Link: Health Care For All's Testimony - 2017 Cost Trends Hearing

The Massachusetts Health Connector

Link: Health Connector

Who Supports Dental Therapist Legislation?

Link: Who Supports Dental Therapist Legislation?

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