Monthly Archives: June 2010

Too Much For One Blog Post? We Think Not

There’s so much health policy news today, that we’re tempted to post 6 different items. They’re all important. But rather than overwhelm, we’ll try some brief-ish summaries of a bunch of things that all exploded today. We apologize for the … Continue reading

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Health Disparities Council Holds June Meeting

The Health Disparities Council met yesterday. Facilitated by EOHHS Secretary JudyAnn Bigby and Co-Chair Representative Byron Rushing, the meeting opened with an update on Senate 810, which is still pending in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The Council has … Continue reading

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Campaign For Better Care Video Series: Clif’s Story

My experience with that huge medical file of mine is that nobody has time to look at it. Our fragmented health care system is inefficient and wastes resources. The system is organized around the needs of the institutions, not the … Continue reading

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Call Your Senator – Like a Zombie, Smoking in Casinos Issue Coming Back To Life

State House News Service is reporting that some in Senate leadership are looking to reverse the 24-15 vote yesterday to ban smoking in Massachusetts casinos. The Senate paused their gambling debate for the day just before 5 pm Friday without … Continue reading

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Overcoming Barriers to Children’s Mental Health Services

In a recently published report by the Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PAL), parents of children with mental health needs and mental health providers were asked to identify and describe barriers to accessing treatment for kids. Results of the study showed a … Continue reading

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Disparities Council Meeting Monday

The state Health Disparities Council holds its next meeting on Monday, June 28th from 2-4PM on the 21st floor of Ashburton Place. The meeting will be the last to take place before the Council’s summer reccess. The agenda includes reports … Continue reading

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Stop the Pharma Sneak Attack on “one of the smartest steps Massachusetts has taken to get health costs under control”

On Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee released its version of S. 2380, legislation to reorganize the state’s economic development apparatus. Buried in the 100+ pages of legalese was this simple provision: SECTION 105. Chapter 111N of the General … Continue reading

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MHQP Release Patient Experience Data

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners today released survey data on patients’ experiences with care in primary care practices across the Commonwealth. (press release, link to reports and search) This is the first patient experience survey since health reform was enacted in … Continue reading

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Senator Brown Votes No Again; Rally Monday To Let Him Know What Massachusetts Thinks

This evening the US Senate voted yet again to try to end the Republican filibuster on a jobs package that included extending enhanced FMAP – federal Medicaid reimbursements – to Massachusetts and other states. The Senate leadership had slimmed down … Continue reading

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Not All Quiet on the Hospital Front: Transitions and Readmissions In The News

A number of articles in the past few days have brought attention to the need to reduce hospital readmissions and improve quality of care within, and during transitions between, care settings. An article in Monday’s Globe looked at preventable readmissions. … Continue reading

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