Monthly Archives: December 2007

The Individual Mandate Gets Real II

This is the Department of Revenue press release just issued (click here for more, including draft regulations; a public hearing on the regulations will be held on February 4): DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE ISSUES DRAFT PENALTY GUIDELINES FOR THOSE WITHOUT HEALTH … Continue reading

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The Individual Mandate Gets Real Today: I

Today, 12/31/07, is the day by which all MA residents, 18 and older, must have health insurance or be subject to tax penalties — provided there is an available plan that is creditable and affordable. For more info, see the … Continue reading

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Must-Read Turnbull — Insurer Transparency in Practice

Don’t miss Nancy Turnbull’s column today on WBUR’s Commonhealth Blog. Most people know Nancy as a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health and as the former head of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation. Some of us … Continue reading

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Checklist Redux: NIH Blocks Improvement

You may recall our 12/9/07 post on the “Stupid Little Checklist” described in a New Yorker article by Brigham & Women’s Dr. Atul Gawande. Briefly, Dr. Peter Pronovost at Johns Hopkins has pioneered use of a simple “checklist” to attain … Continue reading

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“Rosie D” Gets a Blog

Rosie D fans, you know who you are, should know there’s a blog now devoted to discussion of the federal lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on mental health treatment for MassHealth kids: Rosie D and Me. Blog is written … Continue reading

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Quality & Cost Subcommittee Gets Its Hands Dirty

Earlier this month, the Quality and Cost Council established an ad hoc committee to discuss steps to achieve a key Council goal: “Reduce the cost of health care. Reduce the annual rise in health care costs to no more than … Continue reading

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Fed Court Overturns Key Part of “Healthy San Francisco” Coverage Plan — ERISA

Click here for San Francisco Chronicle article. Yesterday, US District Court Judge Jeffrey White overturned a key portion of the Healthy San Francisco program which is designed to provide access to health services for at least 80,000 uninsured city residents. … Continue reading

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