Monthly Archives: August 2010

Mass.gov/NationalHealthReform open for business (and consumers)

EOHHS has set up a new website to be the central source of official information on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts: mass.gov/NationalHealthReform. The site includes grant and demonstration opportunities, letters of intent, an implementation timeline and … Continue reading

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QCC Committee on Payment Reform Legislation Meets Tomorrow

The Quality and Cost Council’s newest committee, the Committee on the Status of Payment Reform Legislation, is holding its first meeting tomorrow, September 1, 10:30-11:30am at 1 Ashburton Place, 21st floor (download agenda (pdf)). HCFA is one of a number … Continue reading

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Depression in Preschoolers – Food For Thought

Compartmentalization of mental health within the medical profession and stigma related to mental illness has meant that definitions and diagnosis are often difficult to nail down. Not too long ago, mental health was thought to be inapplicable to adolescents because … Continue reading

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The Dental Voice for Mental Health

In 2008, Lisa Knapp Stillman shared her personal story of caring for her twenty-four year old son with severe mental illness (SMI). Of all of the struggles she has faced, she emphasized the effect of his illness on his oral … Continue reading

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What Will Happen if Cerberus’s Gamble Goes Bust?

Last Sunday’s Boston Globe lead editorial echoes many of the concerns of consumers across the Commonwealth who are questioning the proposed sale of the Caritas Christi hospital chain to the Wall Street private equity firm Cerberus. While acknowledging that the … Continue reading

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Back To School – And Back To Talking Bullying

Last January, Massachusetts’, and the world’s, attention was drawn to South Hadley when tragic events made the issue of bullying a front page story. The legislature acted quickly, passing and enacting new legislation designed to address the issue. Earlier this … Continue reading

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New York Law, MA Pilot on End-of-Life Care

As described in a NY Times article Tuesday, Governor Paterson of New York last week signed into law a bill requiring physicians treating patients with terminal illnesses to offer to share information with them or their representatives about end-of-life care … Continue reading

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Per ACA, NAIC OKs MLR. Next, MA?

Apparently, it’s in the blogger code to preface all discussion on the formerly-arcane issue of health insurers’ “medical loss ratio” (MLR) with a comment on the term. It does always strike me as odd that, from an insurer’s accounting point … Continue reading

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New! Improved! CommonHealth Blog Extreme Makeover

Check out the new and improved CommonHealth blog, from WBUR. In the early days of health reform, CommonHealth was an important forum for serious and off-the-wall debates about the issues facing state health policy. Reporter Martha Bebinger opened it up … Continue reading

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Public Reporting of Mortality Measures – Not Dead Yet?

As we reported last week, the Quality and Cost Council accepted the recommendation of an expert panel that there should not be public reporting of a hospital-wide mortality measure for now. The presentation that was given to the Council from … Continue reading

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