Monthly Archives: April 2010

Health Care Quality – the next frontier

The Greater Boston Aligning Forces for Quality (GBAF4Q) alliance announced this week that is has been selected by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to participate in Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), an unprecedented effort to lift the quality of health … Continue reading

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Churn Churn Churn (to everything there is coverage)

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute released a superb report, “Enrollment and Disenrollment in MassHealth and Commonwealth Care.” Bob Seifert, from the UMass Center for Health Law and Economics is the lead author. Bob’s Commonhealth blog post does … Continue reading

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House Approves Asthma Global Payment Pilot

Asthma is the leading cause of emergency room visits and hospitalizations for children covered by Medicaid. The majority of these are preventable and now we are one step closer to a substantial reduction in these incidents. On Tuesday the House … Continue reading

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The Health Case For Why We Should Maintain The Sales Tax on Alcohol

The Campaign for Addiction Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery, a broad coalition of organizations working on substance abuse and related issues, is working hard to urge House members to vote no today on amendment 43, which would repeal last year’s statute … Continue reading

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House Budget Debate – Day 1 “…not terribly pretty”

Around 7:30PM on Monday the House began their week of budget debate. Chairman Murphy began by giving an overview of the budget world. The good news, the nation is on the road to recovery. The bad news, unemployment in the … Continue reading

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Also Pending: S.810 – A Step Forward for Health Equity

Massachusetts has an important opportunity to advance health equity through legislation pending in the Health Care Financing Committee. Filed by Senator Fargo and Representative Rushing, S. 810 (An Act to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities), establishes a permanent Executive … Continue reading

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Data Mining Ban Bill Pending

Massachusetts should ban prescription drug data mining. This week, the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing has the opportunity to get us one step closer to that ban. S. 17/H. 109 will prevent pharmaceutical companies from buying doctors’ prescribing records … Continue reading

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Little Kids, Big Problems, A Way to Help

Unfortunately, a tight budget has become par for the course in recent years. This week, as part of the annual rite of spring that is the House Budget Debate, legislators will have to make difficult decisions about what and how … Continue reading

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Not Just Budget: Important Health Reform Bills Pending

In the past four years, health reform has expanded health care access to over 400,000 Massachusetts residents. At 97.4%, Massachusetts has the highest rate of insurance coverage in the nation. With increased access to health insurance, health outcomes are beginning … Continue reading

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Hey HCFA – How Do We Pay For Your Amendments? Our Revenue Agenda

In our last blog post, we detailed a number of the budget amendments HCFA supports. Most of the amendments would add spending to the budget. We also support a number of proposals that would add spending that are not being … Continue reading

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