Monthly Archives: February 2009

March 5th is Community Health Worker Day at the State House

The Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW) is hosting a Community Health Worker Advocacy Day at the State House on Thursday, March 5th from 11-3. MACHW will highlight their priority bill, An Act to Certify Community Health Workers in … Continue reading

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“Why on God’s green earth does it take all that to get help?”

Judith Warner’s piece in the New York Times has lit up the email lists of children’s health advocates. In the span of less than an hour this morning, several colleagues sent me the article independent of each other. Insight into … Continue reading

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Health Disparities Council meets Feb. 23rd

The Health Disparities Council will meet on Monday February 23rd from 2pm-4pm. (100 Cambridge Street, Conference Rooms C and D, Boston). Click here to view the Meeting Agenda (.pdf).

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A Closer Look at Health Disparities – HCFA’s Annual Conference

Please join us for HCFA’s Annual Health Care Policy Conference on Friday, June 19, 2009. This year’s theme: A Closer Look at Health Disparities. Registration is FREE online at This event is fully accessible. To request special accommodations, please … Continue reading

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Payment Reform Boot Camp (Part 1): Payment Reform Commission Soaks Up Payment Models

The Special Commission on Payment Reform held its second meeting on Friday, February 13th (All of the meeting materials are available here). The Commission welcomed Rep. Harriet Stanley as the new House appointee. Guest speakers presented the Commission with in-depth … Continue reading

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Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties come together to address the region’s most common chronic disease: dental decay

Dental decay remains the most common, chronic disease on Cape Cod. The latest study by the Tri-County Collaborative for Oral Health Excellence finds that 62,000 Cape and Islands residents suffer from untreated dental decay. February is Children’s Dental Health Month … Continue reading

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The drumbeat for Rx and medical device reform gets stronger

Case 1: Mass. Regulates disclosure of industry As we discussed here, the Boston Globe recently reported on a medical convention that was pulling out of Boston for a 2015 convention. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology pulled out … Continue reading

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First Meeting of the Massachusetts Health Information Technology Council

The first meeting of the Massachusetts Health Information Technology Council, established in SECTION 4 of Chapter 305, the cost containment law, will take place tomorrow, February 19, from 10 – 11:30, in the Matta Conference Room, 11th floor, 1 Ashburton … Continue reading

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Quality and Cost Council Meeting Tomorrow

The Healthcare Quality and Cost Council is meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 1:00-4:00 PM, on the 21st floor at 1 Ashburton Place. When an agenda is sent out, we will post it here. Click here to download the agenda.

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Federal Stimulus Bill Includes Funding for Comparative Effectiveness Research

As the New York Times reported on Monday the federal stimulus bill includes $1.1 billion for research to compare drugs, medical devices, surgery and other treatments for specific conditions. The hope is that quality of care will improve and cost … Continue reading

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