Monthly Archives: April 2007

Today’s Globe Assesses Chapter 58 Progress and Pitfalls

First rate and balanced piece in today’s Sunday Boston Globe — click here — by Alice Dembner assessing progress in implementing Chapter 58 health reform over the past year, as well as anticipating the challenges and pitfalls ahead. There are … Continue reading

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Desperately Seeking Disparities: Not So Hard to Find, Even in MA

Kaiser’s always useful just provided several updates of key health and health care indicators by race/ethnicity and state. We’re always drawn to the MA data, of course, to see what pops out. Here are some observations from their latest … Continue reading

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Who Knew This? There’s a Chapter 58 Wikipedia Page…

Well, I didn’t know. There’s a Chapter 58 page (Massachusetts Health Reform Statute) on Wikipedia — the participatory online encylopedia — devoted to Chapter 58. Who did this? I know, three million or so persons. But how about just one … Continue reading

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Gov. Patrick Names New Public Health Council Members

For a long time, Sen. Dick Moore was a one-man band banging a drum for a beefed up State Public Health Council, and finally got his way when Gov. Patrick signed legislation in January to re-organize the Council. Today, Gov. … Continue reading

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Connector Official Hearing Notices

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Under the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A and pursuant to the regulatory authority found in St. 2006, c. 58, the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority will conduct a public hearing for the purposed of gathering comments, … Continue reading

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Damning with Faint Praise — or Praising with Faint Damns?: Public Citizens Ranks MassHealth #1

Click here for the new Public Citizen Report evaluating the 50 state Medicaid program. MassHealth comes in #1 — though PC says it’s primarily because the other 49 programs are so stinky. Hey, take the compliments from wherever you can… … Continue reading

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Upcoming Health Reform (and other) Public Meeting/Event Dates

Quality and Cost Council Meeting Wednesday, 4/25/07, 1-2pm; 1 Ashburton Place, 21st floor, Boston Public Hearing on Section 125 regulations Friday, 4/27/07, 9am-12 noon 1 Ashburton Place, Ashburton Cafe, Boston Legislative hearing on Children’s Mental Health Monday, 5/7/07, starts at … Continue reading

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MA Malpractice Rate in ’06 — We’re #38

These data look interesting. Kaiser website lists number and rate of medical malpractice claims paid in 2006 (rate is per 1,000 practicing, non-federal physicians: US: 12,513 claims, and 13.3 claims per doc MA: 261 claims, and 8.0 claims per doc … Continue reading

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Jon Kingsdale’s Montly Connector Update

Connect0r ED Jon Kingsdale has just put out his monthly update — excerpts below: I like to think of healthcare reform as a protective tent. Over the last year, we’ve been busy staking out the ground, preparing to raise a … Continue reading

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Century Foundation Offers One Year Health Reform Judgment

The Century Foundation has made some summary judgments on Massachusetts health reform after one year. Click here for their issue brief: Despite some hitches, the implementation of the Massachusetts plan is well under way. Uninsured residents who do not qualify … Continue reading

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