Frequently-Asked Questions About The MVA
What is the Massachusetts Value Alliance?
Formed in 2016, the Massachusetts Value Alliance (MVA) is a collaboration of high-quality, high-value Massachusetts health care systems. Hospitals and physicians work together to enhance efficiency, coordination, and quality of care delivered, while promoting local governance and shared leadership in health care decision making. The MVA provides the opportunity to share best practices and purchasing among its members with the goal of reducing health care costs, improving quality, and enhancing the patient experience. The MVA is the largest collaboration of independent hospital systems and physician organizations in the state.
What is the mission of the MVA?
What is the vision of the MVA?
Which Massachusetts health care providers are members of the MVA?
The MVA’s is one of the larger health care alliances in the nation, consisting of 10 Member/Affiliates totaling 15 hospitals.
Full Members (Owners, have a Board vote):
- Berkshire Health Systems (includes Berkshire Fairview critical access)
- Emerson Hospital
- Holyoke Medical Center
- Signature Healthcare
- Southcoast Health (3 hospitals — Charlton, St. Luke’s and Tobey)
- South Shore Health
- Sturdy Memorial Hospital
Affiliate Members (Pay membership fee, no Board vote):
- Cambridge Health Alliance (2 hospitals)
- Harrington Hospital
- Heywood Hospital (2 hospitals — Heywood and Athol critical access hospital)
- Lawrence General Hospital
Additional health care organizations may be added over time. These Alliance partners are important health care leaders in their regions and each partner’s contribution is significant, setting the stage for innovation in the delivery of coordinated, locally focused, personalized care.
What opportunities are being explored by the MVA?
The MVA is focused on:
- Identifying and implementing economies of scale that reduce operating costs of member and affiliate hospitals.
- Developing a geographically dispersed network of health care providers who are committed to improve health care access, quality, efficiency and affordability.
- Identifying and sharing best practices among Alliance members to enhance each member’s ability to enhance patient care and reduce cost.
How will the MVA benefit patients?
Are the MVA members merging into one organization?
Will there be leadership changes at these hospitals?
How will hospital employees be affected by this collaborative?
Alliances are forming around the country. What is causing this trend and how does the MVA compare to others?
How did the MVA respond to the COVID pandemic?
To date, the MVA’s Pandemic Emergency Purchasing Group has worked with 17 organizations across New England and has delivered:
- 5M+ medical masks
- 1.2M nitrile gloves
- 500k+ N95 masks
- 200k safety needles & syringes
- 117k isolation gowns
- 15k+ canisters of germicidal wipes
- And coordinated donations of ~ 140k batteries and ~ 60k bottles of hand sanitizer