Monthly Archives: December 2009

Legislature Hears Dental Bill

Today the Joint Committee on Financial Services held a hearing for An Act to Include Fluoride Varnish Service in All Health Insurance Coverage in the Commonwealth (H. 1032 / S. 463). MassHealth began offering a fluoride varnish benefit through medical … Continue reading

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QCC To Meet Wednesday

The Health Care Quality and Cost Council will be meeting on Wednesday, December 16, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 21st Floor, 1 Ashburton Place, Boston. The agenda includes: – Committee reports and discussion on A. Quality and Safety … Continue reading

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E.R. Policy Leads to Innovations for Reducing Wait Times

According to a Boston Globe article, wait times in emergency rooms have not increased as a result of a new Massachusetts policy that took effect earlier this year requiring hospitals to accept all ambulances rather than diverting them to other … Continue reading

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Suicide, Kids, and Mental Health

For the past two years, the Children’s Mental Health Campaign has held 19 forums on mental health needs of kids across the Commonwealth.  While each forum has been different, one statistic universally resonates with all audiences and brings home the … Continue reading

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Data Mining Ban in National Health Reform?

Senators Kohl and Durbin introduced an amendment to the Senate health reform bill that would ban pharmaceutical data mining for marketing. (For a refresher, see this blog explaining data mining) As reported in the Associated Press, the sponsors of the … Continue reading

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More Reports, More Learning

Last week, the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy released two more reports. The FY 2009 Health Safety Net Annual Report (ppt) summarizes the activities of the HSN program (formerly the Uncompensated Care Pool) from October 2008-September 2009. The … Continue reading

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Boston Public Health Commission’s Dr. Barbara Ferrer Speaks on Health Inequities

On Friday, Boston Public Health Commission Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer addressed the Health Law and Policy Forum sponsored by Health Law Advocates. In her presentation, “Taking Action to Eliminate Health Inequities,” Dr. Ferrer discussed the impact of racism on health … Continue reading

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Who is an Oral Health Hero? Find Out on Feb 25

The fifth annual Oral Health Heroes event (pdf) has been set for Thursday, February 25th! Please join us for a celebration in honor of legislators and community leaders committed to improving the state of oral health in Massachusetts. This year, … Continue reading

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Keeping Coverage For the Unemployed

Michael Widmer of the Mass Taxpayers Foundation posted this week on WBUR’s Commonhealth calling for immediately moving unemployed people in the Medical Security Program (MSP) to Commonwealth Care, the Connector’s subsidized coverage program. He also called for ending the assessment … Continue reading

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Connector Board Talks MCC, Small Group Market, and MCO Operations

The Connector Board met yesterday to discuss revised MCC regulations, an opportunity for the Connector to become more involved in the small group market, and an operational review of the CommCare MCOs. Materials from the meeting can be found here. … Continue reading

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