Monthly Archives: June 2008

Legislature Enacts Cigarette Tax Increase

This afternoon, the House and Senate both passed an increase in the state tobacco tax. The $1 increase was part of the larger tax bill, and the legislature decided to pull out this piece to pass it with a July … Continue reading

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Health Reform In the News (always)

A few good clicks: 1. “Money well spent” – that’s the conclusion of the Boston Globe editorial from Saturday on the outreach grant funding now before the budget conferees. The Globe drew this lesson from the delayed mailing of notices … Continue reading

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2 Quality & Cost Council Committee Meetings Wednesday

The Health Care Quality and Cost Council will hold 2 committee meetings Wednesday, July 2, at One Ashburton Place, 21st floor.  The End of Life Committee will meet from 11-12:30 and the Communications and Transparency Committee will meet from 3-5.  … Continue reading

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An Excellent E-Health E-Vent

The Third Annual E-Health Consumer Summit was a room-bursting success. Titled, “Are We There Yet? The Mass eHealth Collaborative Experience: Lessons Learned, Opportunities and Challenges for the Future,” the agenda balanced presentations – one weighing the policies and procedures of … Continue reading

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Merrimack Valley Voices For Children’s Mental Health

Kayla (pictured above with her mother and Re. Golden) is one of the lucky ones. Faced with a bipolar diagnosis and substance abuse issues as a high school student, she and her family were able to access treatment that effectively … Continue reading

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Quality and Cost Council to Advance at Retreat

The Health Care Quality and Cost Council will be holding a day-long retreat on Monday, June 30 at Worcester State College’s Student Center – Blue Lounge, 486 Chandler Street in Worcester (directions and campus map link -look for building 10). … Continue reading

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In the Internet We Trust?

Some exciting news for consumers in the e-health world today: at a press conference this afternoon, Connecting for Health/Markle Foundation released its long-awaited Common Framework for Networked Personal Health Information. Endorsed by many organizations, including AARP, Consumers Union, The National … Continue reading

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