Monthly Archives: September 2006

The Levy Chronicles: Paul Responds with Gusto

OK folks, so here’s how this started. On Monday, my longtime friend and former state senator Ed Burke, sends an email telling me that Beth Israel Deaconness CEO Paul Levy started ablog and I should check it out. So I … Continue reading

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The Final Countdown

Today the Connector Board approved the last round of materials necessary to prepare for Commonwealth Care. With only three days left until October 1st, we’ve entered the final countdown. After reviewing a last set of contracts and regulations, the Board … Continue reading

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Market Merger Commission Meets

Today I attended a meeting of the private market merger commission. (This was the first full Commission meeting we knew about in advance, and not the first meeting of the Commission.) The meeting was a contrast to the Connector Board … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Care Event on Monday in Dorchester

Folks at the Commonwealth Health Insurance Authority have announced an event at 10:15 am on Monday, October 2nd at the Neponset Community Health Center in Dorchester to launch enrollment into the Commonwealth Care Program. “This event represents the culmination of … Continue reading

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Paul Levy, Single Payer and Our Mediocre System

Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy is delighted we mentioned his blog here the other day. He also wrote regrets that comments on his site have been too non-critical. So let’s give him his wish for some non-adulatory comments. Here’s … Continue reading

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Consumer Views on Patient Safety and Quality

Kaiser Family Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality surveyed 1,216 adults in the U.S. about quality of healthcare and patient safety. Some highlights: • 51% said they are dissatisfied with overall quality of health care and 41% … Continue reading

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Minutes from the Subcommittee on Outreach

Check out our minutes of the last Connector Board’s Outreach Subcommittee meeting, including the draft seals of approval that were distributed to meeting attendees. Click here to view the minutes.

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The Money Shot on Health Insurance Premium Increase

Every late September, the Kaiser Family Foundation releases a report on health insurance premium increases. Click here to link to the Health Affairs article. The chart above is one of the most reproduced charts in US health policy — updated … Continue reading

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Hope Springs Eternal — Citizens Health Care Working Group Reports

Click here to get the executive summary of final report from the Citizens Health Care Working Group. The creation of the Group was authorized in 2003 by Congress in the Medicare Modernization Act. The Group has been working like crazy … Continue reading

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Paul Levy Joins the Blogosphere

Just heard about this. Beth Israel Deaconess President and CEO Paul Levy has started his own blog this past August. Click here to see it. He weighs in on weighty topics such as single payer (he’s against it) and SEIU … Continue reading

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