Monthly Archives: January 2007

Insurers’ “200,000” Claims Are Premature and Half-Baked

Based on yesterday’s Boston Globe front page story, 200,000 is the number of the moment. Problem is, nobody, including the insurers, knows what that number means. If the definition of “Minimum Creditable Coverage” finalized in May resembles the Connector Board’s … Continue reading

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Worcester Firm to Be Recommended as Sub-Connector

There are three sets of insurance industry players in the MA health: carriers/health plans, brokers, and intermediaries. There are only three intermediaries in the MA market. Intermediaries work with the very small firms of 1-5 employees and handle their benefits … Continue reading

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A Health Summit in Lawrence

Last Friday, the Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force held a Health Summit. The theme, “Improving Access to Health Care Through Collaboration,” encompassed work being carried out in Lawrence by the Mayor’s Health Task Force (MHTF). Attendees included Commonwealth Care MCOs, … Continue reading

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Options for Controlling Rising Health Costs — from Commonwealth Fund

Click here for access to a new Commonwealth Fund report on options for controlling rising health care costs. Lots of good directions and ideas — good fodder for the Quality and Cost Council, we hope. Here’s the exec. summary: Health … Continue reading

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Upcoming Connector Board Meetings

An additional meeting of the full Insurance Connector Board has been scheduled for mid-March. So the upcoming schedule of meetings is as follows: Thursday, Feb. 8th Thursday, March 8th Tuesday, March 20th More details to follow.

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Health Reform Implementation on NECN Newsnight Tonight

NewsNight with Jim Braude, the evening news program on New England Cable News, will devote this evening’s show at 7pm to an update on health reform implementation. Scheduled guests include Sen. Richard Moore, HCFA’s John McDonough, Cheri Andes from the … Continue reading

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New National Reports on Quality, Disparities

Every year since 2003, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released national report cards on the progress of the US health care system in improving quality and reducing racial and ethnic health disparities. We just learned … Continue reading

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