Monthly Archives: August 2010

“My care isn’t just being popped full of pills. It’s making sure that all my care is met. And the biggest one is dental care.”

The room at a recent MassHealth regulations hearing was packed, as some 100 people came out to show their support of oral health. Among these participants, 17 chose to stand up and explain why access to dental care through MassHealth … Continue reading

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Health Care Quality Improvement Job Opportunity

A consortium of Massachusetts organizations, led by the MA Department of Public Health and including HCFA, received a federal grant earlier this year to work on improving quality of care and, in turn, reducing medical liability in the outpatient primary … Continue reading

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QCC Report: Organizational Changes and Mortality Reporting

The Quality and Cost Council met yesterday. The meeting included an overview of the new and improved “My Health Care Options” website. Among other updates and changes, the site now includes quality data on medical groups in Massachusetts. This data … Continue reading

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The People behind the Dental Cuts – Michael & Julie

We frequently say on this blog that oral health is related to overall health- oral health problems can lead to other severe health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, and premature birth. Poor oral health can also … Continue reading

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Two new chap. 58 studies: 1. Young adult provisions helped; and 2. Who’s still uninsured (and what can we do to reach them)

Urban Institute researcher Sharon Long and colleagues released two studies today looking at a success and remaining challenge of Massachusetts health reform. Did Young Adult Provisions Work? First, the good news (pdf): The researchers looked at the impact of the … Continue reading

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Better Care Campaign Visits Brockton

How does state Representative Christine Canavan measure success in health care reform? “Knowing there are fewer people going to bed in pain is real progress,” she says. Canavan, who is also a nurse, talked about the progress the state has … Continue reading

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QCC Meets Wednesday

Quality and Cost Council Meets Wednesday The Quality and Cost Council’s monthly meeting is this Wednesday, 1-3pm. Note that the location has changed to the Café Conference Room in the basement at 1 Ashburton Place, Boston. The agenda includes discussions … Continue reading

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Spare Change: “MassHealth Bites”

The front-page story in Spare Change News, a paper founded in 1992 by a group of homeless individuals and a housing advocate, highlights the tremendous impact of the MassHealth dental cuts, and demonstrates how strongly many residents of the Commonwealth … Continue reading

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FMAP On The Way Means Bridge Coverage for Legal Immigrants Secured

We were heartened to see every member of Massachusetts House delegation vote yes in today’s special session vote in Washington to approve an extension of enhanced FMAP – increased federal Medicaid reimbursements. The bill passed on a 247-161, mostly party … Continue reading

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Governor Signs Insurance Cost Control Bill

Today Governor Patrick signed the small business insurance premium cost control bill, which goes by the flowery title of “An Act to promote cost containment, transparency and efficiency in the provision of quality health insurance for individuals and small businesses.” … Continue reading

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