The Health Care Quality and Cost Council met on Wednesday for their monthly meeting.
Secretary Bigby started the meeting by introducing a new Council member. Jean Russell, founder of BenefitsMart will be representing the Health Underwriters. Also announced was the new leadership of the Advisory Committee. The new chair is Karen Nelson, from the Mass. Hospitals Association. The vice-chair is Sarah Gordon from the Mass. Association of Health Plans. HCFA’s Health Quality Manger, Deb Wachenheim is Secretary. A new addition to the Executive Committee will be Pat Kelleher, from the Home Health Care Alliance, who will be joining JD Chesloff, Jack Evjy and Eileen McAnneny. The Advisory Committee plans to have more member presentations throughout the year and explore the impact of federal health reform on their work.
Sue Kaufman, from DHCFP, presented on the All-Payer Claims Database (you remember what the APCD is, right?).
Lastly, Elizabeth Daake, Eileen McHale and Alfred DeMaria Jr. presented on DPH’s Hospital Acquired Infections and Serious Reportable Events reports. Read more about the reports in our earlier post. The release of these two reports are something that HCFA and the QCC have been eagerly anticipating. As one Council member noted, when public reporting was first mandated everyone was scared. And now, everyone appreciates the information. As he stated, senior management at hospitals now discuss the events that occurred and discuss ways to improve. This was not done before the public reporting. Now that everyone reads these reports, he can see the measurable effects. From HCFA’s standpoint, this was exactly the consequence we had hoped for. Public reporting and transparency would lead to open communication and eventually, a decrease in HAIs and SREs throughout the state.